Clinical Research Associates, Inc.

Center Information

Linda Moore Schipani, RN, MSN
President and CEO
Clinical Research Associates, Inc.
1500 Church Street, Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37203
615-320-7883 (fax)
View Map

Contact Center

Currently Enrolling Trials

[Show More]

Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Family Medicine
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat)
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases

Center Overview

Clinical Research Associates, Inc. (CRA) is a privately-owned, independent clinical research site specializing in providing clinical research services for the pharmaceutical, nutritional and medical device industries. Established in 1990, CRA has conducted over 625 Phase II, III, IV, Rx-to-OTC and device national and multinational clinical trials.

Clinical Research Experience

CRA has conducted more than 400 clinical trials in the following therapeutic areas of:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Allergy
  • Cardiology/cardiac surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious disease
  • Memory loss
  • Musculoskeletal and Connective tissue disorders
  • Nutrition
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pain management
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Urology/Nephrology
  • Vaccines
  • Vascular/Cardiovascular
  • Women's Health
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Weight Loss

Facility Description

  • CRA is housed in a 10,000 square foot modern facility with an on-site laboratory with phlebotomy capabilities.
  • Maintains a computerized patient tracking system
  • Experience with RDE (remote data entry)
  • Utilizes a Central IRB Comprehensive mentoring and continuing education programs
  • Comprehensive SOPs
  • CLIA certified laboratory
  • FAA certified staff for the shipment of hazardous materials
  • Active participation in community outreach programs
  • Certified in smoking cessation counseling
  • Fully HIPAA compliant
  • Diagnostic/Clinic equipment:
    • Drug storage (locked)
    • Freezer (-20° Celsius)
    • Freezer (-70° Celsius)
    • Refrigerator
    • Ultrasound
    • Treadmill
    • Uroflow Machine
    • Dry ice
    • Full kitchen for meal studies
    • Radiography
    • EKG
    • Spirometry
  • CRA is also affiliated with a diagnostic center that has capabilities to perform most required research diagnostic services including access to the following diagnostic/clinic equipment:
    • Pet Scan
    • Total Body DEXA Scanner
    • Ultra Fast CT
    • MRI
  • Patient recruitment is achieved by our dedicated Recruitment and Marketing Department, using the following means:
    • Large patient database: >35,000
    • Large private practice referral base
    • o Advertising: newspaper, radio, television, quarterly newsletter, website, email blasts, and social media
    • Public relations/community outreach

Investigator Experience

Linda Moore Schipani, RN, MSN
President and Chief Executive Officer

After receiving her Master's degree in Family Practice Nursing, Ms. Schipani has gained extensive clinical research trial experience, and has successfully managed CRA for more than 13 years.

Stephan C. Sharp, MD
Medical Director and Principal Investigator

Dr, Sharp is board-certified in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed an Endocrine fellowship at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Sharp is on multiple consulting boards and has 10 years experience conducting clinical trials.

Staff Expertise

Physician Investigators board certified in the areas of: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Nutrition, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Cardiac Thoracic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Pulmonology, Plastic Surgery, Neurology and Psychiatry.

  • 11 Study Coordinators
  • Director of Clinical Operations
  • Dieticians
  • Operations/Administrative staff
  • Full-time recruiting staff
  • Dedicated regulatory division

Patient Demographics

Located in Tennessee's capitol city, CRA is conveniently situated in the heart of downtown Nashville and is central to its extensive medical community. CRA provides rapid enrollment and prompt completion of its studies with an average dropout rate of less than 15%.

Other Information

For additional information, please contact:

Linda Moore Schipani
President and CEO
Clinical Research Associates, Inc.
1500 Church Street, Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615-329-2222
Fax: 615-320-7883

Contact Center

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.