Therapeutic Divisions _______________________________________________________________________________________
•  Dermatology
Dr. A. Robert Goddard is a board-certified Dermatologist and Principal Investigator for all studies conducted in the Dermatology Division of Miami Research Associates. He completed his undergraduate education at Long Island University and continued to medical school at the University of Amsterdam. He came to Miami to fulfill his internship, residency, and fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He has served as a past president of both the Miami and Florida Dermatology Societies and currently maintains a successful private practice in addition to his work at MRA. He is also an Emeritus Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

We specialize in investigating:

- Acne
- Actinic Keratoses
- Arthritic Psoriasis
- Atopic Dermatitis
- Cosmetic Dermatology
- Eczema
- Hair Loss
- Inflammatory Dermatoses
- Oily Scalp
- Onychomycosis
- Psoriasis
- Rosacea
- Seborrheic Dermatitis
- Tinea Pedis
- Vitiligo

On-site Dermatology-specific technologies and assessment abilities include:

•  Endocrinology/Nutrition


Diane R. Krieger, MD, Director of Endocrinology & Nutrition is Board Certified in Endocrinology / Metabolism and Clinical Nutrition, and has been nominated as one of America’s top physicians since 2003 by the Consumer Research Council of America. Dr. Krieger's received her Medical Degree from The University of California at San Francisco. She trained in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. She is a Certified Clinical Trial Investigator by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, and has been conducting clinical research trials for over 15 years. 
   

Douglas Kalman, PhD, Director of Nutrition and Applied Clinical Trials, has been involved in over 100 clinical trials and projects within the pharmaceutical and nutrition/supplement fields. He has published over 50 abstracts and more than 25 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He is also on the Editorial Board of three Scientific Journals. Dr. Kalman received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University, Masters Degree from Hunter College City University of New York and Doctorate in exercise and nutritional biochemistry from Touro University International. He is co-founder of The International Society of Sports Nutrition. Dr. Kalman is also an Adjunct Professor in the Robert Stempel School of Public Health at Florida International University. 
   
Samantha Feldman, MS, RD, CDE, CCRC has been working in the healthcare industry since 1994, and has been involved in more than 100 clinical trials since joining MRA. Samantha is a certified diabetes educator, clinical research coordinator, conditioning specialist, and a Registered Dietitian. She received a Masters degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences from Florida International University, and graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a BS in Nutrition. She has also served as an adjunct professor at FIU, and has received numerous honors in her field, including the Distinguished Dietitian from the Miami Dietetic Association.

We specialize in investigating:

-Safety, Efficacy or both of:

·         Pharmaceuticals

·         Foods

·         Beverages

·         Medical Foods

·         Natural compounds

·         Herbals

·         Botanicals

·         Dietary Supplements

Areas of Research Include:

·         Proof of Concept through pure efficacy trials

·         Healthy population

·         Medical conditions (adjunctive use of the product or for affective quality of life in someone who has a medical condition)

·         Condition specific uses

·         Weight Loss (overweight, obesity)

·         Impaired Glucose Tolerance and Diabetes

·         Hormone deficiency and metabolism

·         Exercise Performance, Sports Nutrition

·         Body Composition effects

·         Satiety

·         Metabolism

·         Absorption (kinetics and dynamics)

·         Bioequivalence, relative bioequivalence

 

On Site Technologies and Equipment used to Support Your Clinical Trials

 

•  Stadiometer

•  Analog and Digital Scales

•  Dual X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA – for bone density and body composition analysis)

•  Indirect Calorimetry (metabolic testing for resting metabolic rate and respiratory quotient)

•  Macronutrient Oxidation Analysis (during rest or exercise) Dietary intake evaluation

   (food, macro/micronutrient and phytonutrient intake)

•  Exercise Equipment for Aerobic and Anaerobic Testing and Performance

•  Clinical and Analytical Laboratory (clinical chemistries, hormone analyses, immune analyses, esoteric labs)

•  Specialized Laboratory Techniques (peripheral blood mononuclear cells)

•  Salivary Hormone Analysis (cortisol, testosterone, lactate, etc.)

•  Electrocardiogram (ECG)

•  Mortara Telemetry System

•  Muscle Biopsy (direct or open technique)

•  Instant Lipid Analysis – Cholestech LDX System

•  Capillary Analysis for Glucose and Lactate

•  Refrigerated Centrifuges

•  Standard Centrifuges

•  Freezers of -20 and -70 degrees Celsius

•  Electric Encephalogram (EEG)

•  Polysomnography equipment

•  Investigational Product storage facilities (locked and temperature-controlled)

•  Full medical care by our physicians

•  Nutrition Assessment and Counseling by our 5 Registered Dietitian

•  Pharmacokinetic unit with overnight stay


•  Neurology
Dr. Timothy L. Grant is Board Certified in Neurology and Sleep Medicine. He is recognized as an expert in the field of sleep disorders. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami, and also graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Grant continued to complete his internship and residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Miami Veterans Administration Hospital. Dr. Grant is well-versed in the latest of clinical research practices, and specializes in studying and understanding sleep disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
   
Dr. Bruce Kohrman is a Board Certified Neurologist, and has been involved in clinical research for more than 10 years. He and specializes in Neuro-opthalmology, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, and Migraines. He is a respected lecturer in his field. Dr. Kohrman received his undergraduate education at Stanford University and his Medical degree from Case Western Reserve. He completed his post-doctoral training at Beth Israel Hospital at Harvard Medical School. In addition to his work at MRA, Dr. Kohrman is a Voluntary Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Miami and maintains a successful private neurology practice.


Our Neurology Division specializes in investigating:

• Alzheimer’s Disease
• Cerebrovascular Disease
• Chronic Pain
• Epilepsy
• Migraine
  - Acute Care
  - Preventative
•  Mild Cognitive Impairment
• Multi-infarct Dementia
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Peripheral Neuropathic Pain
• Sleep Disorders

On-site Neurology-specific technologies and assessment abilities include:

- Biofeedback
- Electroencephalography
- Electromyography
- Evoked Potentials
- Intraoperative monitoring
- Nerve Conduction
- Neuropsychological testing
- Psychological Testing
- Psychometric Assessment
- Sleep Studies with Polysomnogram
- Study Design
•  Neuropsychiatry
Americo F. Padilla, MD has more than 25 years of research experience, and has conducted over 30 trials at MRA since joining us in 2003. He is board-certified in both Adult and Child Psychiatry, and serves on the lecture bureau for multiple pharmaceutical companies speaking on child, adolescent, and adult ADHD. He received his medical degree from the University Autonoma of Santo Domingo, and completed his Residency and Fellowship at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University at Harlem Hospital. In addition to his activities in research, Dr. Padilla maintains his own private psychiatry practice, and is Chief of Psychiatry at Miami Children’s Hospital.
   
Gustavo Rey, PsyD is a Board Certified Psychologist with extensive experience in clinical research, having been published over 70 times in national journals and having conducted over 95 psychology-related studies at MRA. Dr. Rey received his PhD and Master’s Degree in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Houston. In addition to his work at MRA, Dr. Rey is currently on the staff of five local hospitals, serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami, and is the Director of Neuropsychology at Miami Children’s Hospital.
   
Rafael Rivas-Vazquez, PsyD is a Board Certified Psychologist and has been an Investigator at MRA for almost 10 years (since 1998) and has been involved in more than 100 clinical trials. He has published over 60 papers and abstracts, is a renowned national lecturer in the field of psychology, and is on the speaker’s bureau of four major pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Rivas-Vaszuez received a BS in Psychology from Georgetown University, a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and an MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology, also from Nova Southeastern. He completed his pre-and post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School and University of Miami School of Medicine. He is also currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Miami
   

The Psychiatry Division of MRA specializes in psychiatric pharmaceutical research. We pride ourselves on accuracy, ethics, and quality data, as well as interrater reliability and traditionally low placebo responses.

The Psychiatry Division at MRA is recognized in the pharmaceutical industry as South Florida’s premier neuroscience research site. Our large patient database, in addition to our in-house advertising agency enables MRA to be consistently in the top 20% of nationwide enrollers. We use a central IRB to ensure full regulatory compliance. Our full time quality assurance team, regulatory department, rigorous standard operating procedures and experienced staff of study coordinators consistently provide quality results.

Under Medical Directors Americo F. Padilla, MD, Board-Certified Adult and Pediatric Psychiatrist, and Dr. Rafael Rivas-Vazquez, the Psychiatry Division of MRA has been conducting top-quality clinical research for over 10 years and published papers in nationally recognized journals as well as providing safety and efficacy data for various investigational products.

We specialize in investigating:

- Adult ADHD
- Anxiety
- Bipolar Disorder
- Child ADHD
- Depression
- Geriatric Psychiatry
- Headaches
- Insomnia
- Migraines
- Pediatric Insomnia
- Pediatric Depression
- Schizophrenia


On-site Psychiartry-specific technologies and assessment abilities include:

- Experienced Raters in the following scales:
   • ADHD-RS
   • BCME
   • Conner’s Patient Rating Scale
   • HAM A
   • HAM D

•  Rheumatology
   
   

Jaime A. Pachon, MD, Director of Rheumatologyis Board Certified in Rheumatology and Internal medicine, with more than a decade of research experience. He received his medical degree from the Juan N. Corpas School of Medicine in Bogota, Colombia, and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada. Dr. Pachon was then the Chief Fellow of Rheumatology at the University of Miami School of Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital. In addition to the over 100 clinical trials that Dr. Pachon has presided over at MRA, he also maintains a private Rheumatology practice and is a Voluntary Assistant Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Miami School of Medicine.  



The Rheumatology Division of MRA specializes in musculoskeletal pharmaceutical research. We pride ourselves on accuracy, ethics, and quality data.

Our large Rheumatology and Primary Care patient database, former study subject database, and our cost-effective marketing strategies target Miami’s large Hispanic and elderly populations to ensure that MRA is consistently a top enroller. We use a central IRB to ensure full regulatory compliance. Our full time quality assurance team, regulatory department, rigorous standard operating procedures and experienced staff of study coordinators consistently provide quality results.

Under Medical Director Dr. Eric A. Sheldon, Board Certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine, the Rheumatology Division of MRA has been providing safety and efficacy data for various investigational products since 1996 and published papers in nationally recognized journals.

We specialize in investigating:

- Chronic Pain
- Fibromyalgia
- Gout
- Lower Back Pain
- Osteoarthritis
- Osteoporosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis

On-site Rheumatology-specific technologies and assessment abilities include:

- DEXA (Bone Densitometer)
- Digital X-ray
- Laminar Flow Hood
- Pharmacokinetic testing
- Ultrasound
•  Sleep Medicine
Timothy L. Grant, MD is Board Certified in Neurology and Sleep Medicine. He is recognized as an expert in the field of sleep disorders. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami, and also graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Grant continued to complete his internship and residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Miami Veterans Administration Hospital. Dr. Grant is well-versed in the latest of clinical research practices, and specializes in studying and understanding sleep disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
   
Our Sleep Disorders Division specializes in investigating:

•  Circadian Rhythm disorders, including:
•  Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome
•  Daytime hypersomnolence
•  Insomnia (both in-patient and out-patient)
•  Chronic
•  Transient
•  Jet lag disorder
•  Narcolepsy
•  Periodic Limb Movement Syndrome
•  Restless Leg Syndrome
•  Shift Work Syndrome
•  Sleep Apnea

On-site Neurology-specific technologies and assessment abilities include:

•  12-bed sleep lab
•  Dim-light capability
•  ECG
•  EEG
•  Fully equipped rooms with state-of-the-art equipment for sleep studies:
  - Polysomnography (with and without CPAP)
  - Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
  - Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT)
•  Laboratory with phlebotomy and on-site processing
•  Pharmacokinetic testing
•  Psychometricians
•  Pulse Oximetry
•  Raters for cognitive testing
•  Refrigeration equipment biomedically approved to store blood samples at -20ºC
•  Registered Sleep Technicians and Scorers
•  Shower facilities
•  Vaccine Development
Robert A. Feldman, MD
Dr. Feldman has an outstanding reputation for both his personal involvement and attention to detail. Dr. Feldman attended Amherst College, Medical School at the University of Miami – School of Medicine and performed his Internship and Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He has been also active in many of the pharmaceutical and nutrition/supplement clinical trials. Dr. Feldman’s vast community experience has helped guide the over 100 clinical trials that he has been involved in, both as Principal Investigator and as medical staff.
   

The vaccination field has recently developed into one of MRA’s largest specialties as a result of today’s increased threat of bioterrorism as well as a growing awareness of the value of preventative healthcare. MRA has honed its ability to rapidly recruit high quality study subjects from our database of over 20,000 English and Spanish speaking subjects. This resource, in addition to our in-house advertising agency and cost-effective marketing strategies enable MRA to target Miami’s large and diverse population and regularly meet or exceed enrollment goals. We use a central IRB to ensure full regulatory compliance. In addition, our full time quality assurance team, regulatory department, rigorous standard operating procedures, and experienced staff of study coordinators consistently provide quality results.


Our Vaccine trial experience includes:

•  Anthrax
•  Diptheria/Pertussis/Tetanus
•  Herpes Zoster (shingles)
•  Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
•  Japanese Encephalitis
•  Staphylococcus
•  Meningitis
•  Rabies
•  Pandemic Flu (Avian Influenza)
•  Plague
•  Seasonal Flu (Influenza)
•  Smallpox

On-site vaccine-specific technologies and assessment abilities include:

- Freezers (-20ºC and -70ºC)
- Laminar Flow Hood
- Room-temperature centrifuge
- Refrigerated centrifuge
•  Women's Health Department
Robert A. Feldman, MD is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has an outstanding reputation for both his personal involvement and attention to detail. Dr. Feldman attended Amherst College, Medical School at the University of Miami – School of Medicine and performed his Internship and Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He has been also active in many of the pharmaceutical and nutrition/supplement clinical trials. Dr. Feldman’s vast community experience has helped guide the over 100 clinical trials that he has been involved in, both as Principal Investigator and as medical staff.
   

We specialize in investigating:

•  Contraceptive Technology
•  Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding
•  Endometriosis
•  Hormone replacement therapy
•  Hot flashes
•  Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infections
•  Female Sexual Dysfunction
•  Menopause
•  Mood Swings
•  Osteoporosis
•  Overactive Bladder
•  Urinary Incontinence
•  Urinary Tract Infections
•  Uterine Fibroids
•  Vulvovaginitis
•  Vaginal Atrophy
•  Vulvular atrophy

On-site Women's Health-specific technologies and assessment abilities include:

In-house:
• Experienced coordinators
• Transvaginal Ultrasound
• Colposcopy
• Bone Densitometry
• Saline-Infused Sonohysterogram
• Endometrial Biopsy

Additional:
• Hysteroscopy
• Hysteroscopic Directed Biopsies
• Laparoscopy
• Photographic capabilities
• Punch biopsies


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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