Via Christi Research

Center Information

Brian Watson
Business Development
Via Christi Research
1100 N. St. Francis, Suite 300
Wichita, KS 67214-2878
USA
316-291-4774
316-291-7704 (fax)
Brian.Watson@ViaChristi.org
www.ViaChristi.org/Research
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Dermatology
Devices
Endocrinology
Gastroenterology
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Musculoskeletal
Neurology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Pediatrics/Neonatology
Pharmacology/Toxicology
Psychiatry/Psychology
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Rheumatology
Trauma (Emergency, Injury, Surgery)
Urology
Vaccines

Center Overview

Via Christi Research conducts dedicated research for Via Christi Health, the largest healthcare provider in Kansas.

Its location adjacent to Via Christi’s midtown hospital – a 400 bed, community-based, academically-affiliated, tertiary care center providing an array of specialty and sub-specialty care – positions Via Christi Research to recruit appropriate volunteers through Via Christi Health and business partners in compliance with FDA, GCP and IRB guidelines for pharmaceutical and medical device research.

Our affiliation with Via Christi Clinic provides access to more than 170 doctors in more than 40 specialties at 15 locations in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler counties. More than a half million patient visits were made to Via Christi Clinic in 2012. Research staff work at the midtown Clinical Research Unit, hospital and Clinic sites.

In the past 24 years, we have conducted more than 600 trials and worked with over 60 Sponsors in all phases (I-IV) of clinical drug and device trials, specializing in cardiovascular, CNS, rheumatology, pulmonology, critical care, GI, infectious diseases, neurology, epilepsy and psychiatry. Each year we typically conduct at least 50 clinical trials across all areas of medicine, and offer Sponsors a prime site for in-patient drug trials in our twelve-bed Phase I clinical research unit. Before becoming a department of Via Christi, we achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification, and continue those quality-centered and cost-effective practices to meet Sponsor needs Located in Wichita – Kansas' largest city – Via Christi Research is served by Wichita Mid-Continent Airport with six national airlines. Long known as the Air Capital, Wichita manufactures Boeing, Beech, Cessna, and Bombardier Learjet aircraft, and is home to McConnell Air Force Base.

Clinical Research Experience

Via Christi Research offers dedicated IRB, regulatory, contracts, scientific, and study coordination staff with 22 years experience in clinical, pharmaceutical and device trials. Its state-of-the-art facilities and experienced staff enable Via Christi Research to conduct Phase I - IV, bridging, pharmacokinetic, drug-drug interaction, bioequivalence, and safety and tolerability studies.

Via Christi Research’s stable, experienced workforce assures Sponsors of protocol implementation that complies with good clinical practice guidelines and strict operating procedures. Via Christi Research has an outstanding reputation for consistently providing:

  • Fast administrative start-up
  • Quick turnaround from Via Christi’s Institutional Review Board
  • Fast and full enrollment of appropriate subjects
  • High inter-rater reliability
  • Accurate completion of study testing
  • Complete and clean case report forms
  • Reliable source documentation

Facility Description

Via Christi Research is the research unit of Via Christi Health, and is located adjacent to Via Christi St. Francis with 400 licensed beds, 650 physicians, a burn center, cancer center, and Level I trauma center serving all of Kansas by helicopter.

Via Christi Research’s clinical research unit offers Sponsors a complete environment for in-patient trials, featuring:

  • 24-hour staffing by trained research nurses and clinical research assistants
  • 24-hour security
  • 12-bed restricted access
  • Temperature monitored -70C freezer and -20C freezer
  • Temperature controlled and monitored drug storage room
  • Refrigerated centrifuge
  • Spacelabs telemetry units
  • Portable 12-lead EKG machines
  • Laboratory processing room
  • Testing rooms
  • Dedicated back-up generator
  • Alarm-activated doors
  • Secure binder storage room
  • Locked drug storage area
  • Remote camera monitoring system
  • Dedicated data transmission lines
  • Laundry and recreation facilities
  • Site monitor office

Affiliation with Via Christi Health gives Via Christi Research access to 24-hour medical facilities with state-of-the-art technology including MRI, CT, EEG, heart cath labs, and a sleep monitoring lab. Via Christi is JCAHO accredited, and an ACCGME Clinical Teaching Facility with residency programs in Anesthesiology, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Ob/Gyn, Orthopedic Surgery, Radiology, and Surgery.

Via Christi’s Specialty Clinic provides therapeutic care for:

  • ALS
  • Asthma
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Orthopedic
  • Osteopathic Manipulation
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery & Trauma Follow-Up

Investigator Experience

Our investigators have research expertise with national institutes, pharmaceutical companies, and investigator-initiated projects. Please contact us for the CV of a specific investigator.

Staff Expertise

Via Christi Research offers a full-time staff of clinical nurse coordinators, regulatory specialists, business specialists, and scientists ready to complete any trial with quality and efficiency. Our dedicated Regulatory Affairs staff provides a capable, attentive interface with the Via Christi IRB, central IRBs, CROs, and Sponsors. Ten clinical coordinators – each CCRC credentialed – bring a wide range of clinical research experience to each project. Our regulatory staff are both IRB certified. Our business specialists manage contracts, budgets, accounts, and cultivate principal investigators for future endeavors. Our scientists help physicians design investigator initiated protocols, provide statistical expertise, and prepare findings for publication.

Patient Demographics

Via Christi Research is located in Wichita, Kansas with an area population of half a million. Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Tulsa are four hours by car, increasing Via Christi Research’s catchment area to more than four million people. We receive referrals from clinics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, private practice physicians, community mental health clinics, and the local VA Hospital (part of VISN 15). Past trials have studied adults, adolescents, elderly, children, symptomatic and normal healthy volunteers.

Kansas demographics are on-line at http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/20000.html and www.census.gov.

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If you are interested in contacting this center to discuss placing a clinical trial there, please complete and send the email form below. A representative from the research center will then follow up with you.