California Institute of Renal Research, Inc.

Center Information

Sami Hania, M.B., B.Ch.
Director of Clinical Research
California Institute of Renal Research, Inc.
7910 Frost Street, Suite 215
San Diego, CA 92123
858-637-4601 (fax)
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Therapeutic Areas


Center Overview

The California Institute of Renal Research, Inc. (CIRR) was founded in 2000 by Dr. George Fadda, in cooperation with the Balboa Nephrology Medical Group (BNMG). Prior to the founding of CIRR, BNMG physicians had been individually involved in many research projects. As interest and participation grew, BNMG made the commitment to form a research company. Since its founding, CIRR has earned an excellent reputation for conducting studies following precise protocol guidelines and GCP. We are also recognized for our successful enrollment, excellent documentation, secure record retention, well-prepared source documentation, and outstanding results of pharmaceutical audits. CIRR has a dedicated staff of 10 investigators and 20 experienced, qualified research associates and has conducted over 200 clinical trials across San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 200+
Number of Studies Actually Completed: 200+
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 120+
Regulatory Submission Turn-Around Time: 2 Week(s)
EDC Capabilities: Yes

ACRP Certifications

Clinical Research Experience

CIRR is a leading research institute in nephrology with over 200 Phase II-IV clinical studies conducted.

Areas of Experience:

  • Anemia in Chronic Renal Failure
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Dialysis
  • End Stage Renal Disease
  • Hemodialysis
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Pancreatic Transplantation
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Renal Failure
  • Vascular Access


  • Abbot
  • Abbvie
  • Affymax
  • Akebia
  • Ardelyx
  • Amag Pharmaceuticals
  • Amgen
  • Angion
  • Astellas
  • AstraZeneca
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Celgene
  • Covance
  • FibroGen
  • Fjisawa
  • Genentech
  • Gilead
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Isotechnika Pharma
  • Keryx
  • Luitpold
  • Merck
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nabi
  • Novartis
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Ortho Biotech
  • Pfizer
  • Proteon
  • Reata Pharmaceuticals
  • Roche
  • Rockwell Medical
  • Shire
  • Takeda
  • Veloxis
  • Vifor Pharma
  • Watson
  • Wyeth
  • ZS Pharmaceuticals

Investigational Review Boards:

  • BioMed
  • Copernicus Group
  • IntegReview
  • Liberty
  • Quorum
  • Schulman
  • Sharp HealthCare (local)
  • Sterling
  • Western

Facility Description

Through CIRR’s partnership with BNMG, CIRR has access to over 45 nephrologists, a large transplant program, and over 2,500 dialysis and 5,500 CKD patients. CIRR is comprised of 5 research sites throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties. Each research site is equipped with licensed Investigators, bilingual Research Coordinators, Research Assistants, Lab Specialists, and Data Entry Specialists. All contracts, budgets, and regulatory documents are processed centrally by the Clinical Research Director and Regulatory Manager.

CIRR Research Sites:

  • Chula Vista
  • El Centro
  • La Jolla
  • La Mesa
  • San Diego

Investigator Experience

Joel J. Baranski, M.D.
Terry L. Behrend, M.D.
Diogo S. Belo, M.D., FACP
Ramin Berenji, M.D., FACP, FASN
Mark M. Boiskin, M.D., FACP
Barry J. Browne, M.D., FACS
George Z. Fadda, M.D., FACP
Arman Faravardeh, MD, FACP
David Namazy, MD
Jill M. Meyer, M.D., FACP, FASN
Dylan L. Steer, M.D.
Steven M. Steinberg, M.D., FACP, FASN

Staff Expertise

Beatriz Alvarez, CRC, 8 years experience
Maria Alvarez, CRC, 4 years experience
Lisa Burchard, CRC, 10 years experience
Angela Cortez, CRC, 15 years experience
Petrina Edwards, B.S., CRC, 19 years experience
Eva Gripp, CRC, 28 years experience
Lorena Hernandez, CRC, 7 years experience
Chrislee Leyco, B.S., CRC, 9 years experience
Natali Navarro, B.S., CCRC, MAS, 8 years experience
George Nilsson, CRC, 29 years experience
Meleasa Rodriguez-Pitts, CRC, 8 years experience

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