L-MARC Research Center

Center Information

Olivia Kelly, RD, LD, CD
Site Manager
Coury Hobbs,, RN BSN
Business Manager
L-MARC Research Center
3288 Illinois Avenue
Louisville, KY 40213
Olivia: 502-214-3990
Coury: 502-214-3955

Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Healthy Volunteers
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases


Since 1986, Louisville Metabolic and Atherosclerosis Research Center (L-MARC Research Center) has been one of the most active metabolic research centers in the world. One of the unique aspects of L-MARC Research Center, in addition to a commitment to research quality, has been a strong emphasis on the science of research through extensive publications and presentations of data at international conferences and symposia. For a more complete description of L-MARC Research Center, past clinical trials, a listing of publications, please see the extensive website at www.lmarc.com.


For well over a decade, L-MARC Research Center has been involved in metabolic clinical research and has conducted over 400 Phase I through IV clinical trials including:

  • Cardiovascular - Hyperlipidemia, hypertension, atherosclerosis
  • Endocrine/Metabolic - Obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, lipid disorders, osteoporosis, hormone replacement therapy for menopause, thyroid disorders, hypertension
  • Musculoskeletal - Osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis
  • For a listing of past and current clinical trials, please visit L-MARC Research Center’s website at www.lmarc.com.


L-MARC is an independent research center located in Louisville, Kentucky, centrally located in the Louisville metropolitan area only ten minutes from Louisville International Airport. The research center is fully equipped and located less than one mile from Norton Audubon Hospital and is able to conduct various research procedures such as:

  • Radiology
  • Mammograms
  • DXA Scanning
  • MRI/CT Scans
  • Echocardiograms
  • Laboratory freezer (-20°, -40° and -70° degrees)
  • EKG
  • Free Parking and access to public transportation
  • Study Manager Database (clinical trials management software system) with study subject database
  • State-of-the art computer capabilities with wireless rapid Internet access
  • Designated study monitor areas with amenities
  • For a more complete listing of facility matters of interest to Study Sponsor and Study Monitor, please visit the website at www.lmarc.com



Dr. Harold Bays is Board Certified in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine, Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology, and Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He has served as an Investigator for over 400 Phase I - IV clinical trials regarding treatments for dyslipidemias, obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and other metabolic and hormonal disorders. As Medical Director and President of Louisville Metabolic and Atherosclerosis Research Center, Dr. Bays has written, or served as a contributing author to over 200 peer review scientific manuscripts and book chapters, as well as over 100 scientific abstracts presented at major scientific meetings. He is a Fellow of the National Lipid Association (FNLA), Fellow of The Obesity Society (FTOS), Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (FACE). He has served as an advisor/consultant to pharmaceutical companies with regard to drug development, protocol writing, statistical analyses, regulatory application, FDA Advisory panel presentations, and patent assistance. Dr. Bays originated the term "adiposopathy" ("sick fat"), which defines how and when the pathologic consequences of adipose tissue accumulation promotes metabolic disease, including dyslipidemia, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension. Dr. Bays serves as an Executive Officer of the National Lipid Association, and is Guest Editor and lead author of the National Lipid Association Annual Summary of Clinical Lipidology, co-author of the National Lipid Association Recommendations for Patient-Centered Treatment of Dyslipidemia, and Chairman of the Obesity Medicine Association Obesity Algorithm. He was Chairman of the National Lipid Association 2012 Adiposity and Dyslipidemia Consensus Conference and Chairman of the 2010 American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist Adipose Tissue Pathophysiology State of the Science Conference.


Sarah Keiran RN, BSN, CCRC
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
18 years experience in clinical research

Nikki Nockerts, RN, BSN, CCRC
Certified Clinical Research Coordinator
12 years experience in clinical research

Melanie Moore, APRN, CCRC
Sub Investigator/Certified Clinical Research Coordinator
5 years experience in clinical research

Barbara Michelle Ritchey, ARNP, CCRC
Sub Investigator/Clinical Research Coordinator
9 years experience in clinical research

Jean Micklewright RD, LD
Director of Dietary Programs / Research Dietitian
13 years experience in clinical research

Tammy Jackson, MA
Clinical Research Laboratory
13 years experience in clinical research

Susie Lucas, MA
EDC Specialist/Clinical Research Laboratory
1 year experience in clinical research

Tabby Wilson, BS
Recruitment Specialist
1 year experience in clinical research

Debbie Conliffe BS
Research Assistant
13 years experience in clinical research

Noreen Behl
Research Assistant
9 years experience in clinical research

Samantha Thomas
Research Assistant
1 year experience in clinical research

Jerry Seadler
Environmental Services

Olivia Kelly, RD, LD, CD
Site Manager
2 years experience in clinical research

Coury Hobbs, RN, BSN
Business Manager
10 years experience in clinical research


L-MARC is located in Louisville which is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Louisville is located across the Ohio River from Indiana, therefore allowing for large populations of study volunteers from several counties in southern Indiana as well as surrounding counties in Kentucky. The Louisville metropolitan area is comprised of seven counties (three in Kentucky and four in Indiana) with a population of 1.2 million. A good number of study volunteers are willing to travel to Louisville from rural parts of the state to participate in clinical trials. With its central location, L-MARC attracts a diverse population of subjects of various racial and ethnic background, socioeconomic class, and gender. L-MARC has a data base of research volunteers that can be accessed for patient recruitment.


As an independent research site, L-MARC utilizes central IRB's. L-MARC has been the top randomizing site in multiple clinical trials, and has extensive experienced in Remote Data Entry and Internet Data Entry in multiple clinical trials with multiple different study sponsors. L-MARC facilities include a designated and spacious "Research Atrium" for study monitors with individual desks, phones, rapid-access modem access, and wireless access. The areas are located close to fax and copy equipment. Most of all, L-MARC Research Center is committed to the highest of quality research with established Standard Operating Procedures routine monthly quality assurance audits.

For a more complete general description of L-MARC Research Center, and quality assurance measures in place, please visit the L-MARC Research Center website at www.lmarc.com.

L-MARC Research Center is currently enrolling for the following:

Trials Involving Weight Loss

Trials Involving Hypertension

Trials Involving Cholesterol

Trials Involving Triglycerides

Trials Involving Diabetes and Related Disorders

Trials Involving Osteoarthritis

Trials Involving Rheumatoid Arthritis

Trials Involving Pain Control

Trials involving Migraines

Trials involving Gout

Contact Center

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