The Lung Research Center

Center Information

Kate McNulty, MHS, CCRC
Research Manager
The Lung Research Center
222 S. Woods Mill Rd., Ste. 300 North
Chesterfield, MO 63017
314-439-LUNG (5864)


Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 150
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 10,000
Average Percent of Total Patients Randomized: 70%
Average Percent of ‘Completed’ Studies that met Enrollment Goals: 90%
EDC Capabilities: Yes

Staff Certifications
Number of Certified CRCs: 4

ACRP Certifications
Number of ACRP Certified CRCs: 4


Located on the campus of St. Luke’s Hospital, The Lung Research Center has conducted clinical trials for the treatment of complex lung disease for over 20 years. We have stayed true to our original mission to offer our patients access to new treatments currently under investigation and not ordinarily available. Our work focuses on COPD, Asthma, Bronchiectasis, and Pulmonary Hypertension with a particular emphasis on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), a deadly disease which until recently had no treatment. We are committed to bringing the latest developments in the treatment of lung disease to our patients and the physicians who care for them.


The Lung Research Center has over two decades of experience in the following areas:

  • COPD
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Brochiectasis
  • Pulmonary Embolism/DVT
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Chronic Cough


The Lung Research Center is a private research facility located in the north medical building on the campus of St. Luke’s Hospital. We have all the necessary equipment to perform phase II- IV clinical trials. We have 3 exam rooms, a spacious patient waiting room, a private monitoring area and a locked storage space for study records and medications. In addition we are equipped with ECG machines, nebulizers, spirometer, an emergency cart, and oxygen. Our research facility also has drug storage refrigerators, a - 20 and - 80 degree Celsius freezers, and a refrigerated & ambient centrifuge. The adjacent hospital has full radiology facilities, a pulmonary function lab and infusion services.


Neil Ettinger, MD

Andrew Labelle, MD

Neil Ettinger, MD is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, American Sleep Disorders Association, and American Association of Bronchology. Dr. Ettinger has over two decades of clinical research experience conducting phase II-IV clinical trials. He has been a principal investigator since 1994 on over 100 clinical trials.

Andrew Labelle, MD is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease and a member of the American College of Physicians, American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians, and Society of Critical Care Medicine. He has served as principal investigator on multiple clinical trials focusing on asthma, COPD and pulmonary fibrosis.


Our staff of highly trained professionals has over 40 years of combined clinical trial experience. All members of our research team are active members of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals and are extensively trained in good clinical practice and patient care.

Kate McNulty, MHS, CCRC – Clinical Research Manager; clinical research experience since 2001
(Training: health sciences, clinical research administration)

Anna Shipp, BHS, RRT, CCRC - Study Coordinator; Clinical research experience since 2002
(Training: health sciences, respiratory therapy)

Tammy Nickelson, CCRC - Study Coordinator and Regulatory Specialist; Clinical research experience since 2008
(Training: research compliance)

Candice Klein, BHS - Study Coordinator and Subject Recruitment, Clinical research experience since 2012
(Training: health science)

Sharon Phillips, MS, RD - Study Coordinator; Clinical research experience since 2000
(Training: health science)


The Lung Research Center is located in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. The metropolitan area is the 20th largest in the United States with a population of 2.8 million. The bi-state metropolitan area includes seven counties in Missouri and eight in Illinois.

Metro Population 2,856,000
Race - 76.9% white, 18% black, 2.1% Asian, 1.1% Other race, 2.5% Hispanic/Latino
Gender - 48.4% male, 52.6% female
Colleges/Universities - 209,000 enrolled in 40 colleges

The Lung Research Center has access to approximately 9,000 patients with respiratory illness, comprised of referrals from investigators, local physicians and our research database.

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.