You know, those kids who asked for chemistry sets for their birthdays and actually used them.

What is The Research Department?

Modern medicine is driven forward through research at every level—biomedical, experimental, clinical, and many others. From tried and true approaches, to new paradigms, medical research touches nearly every component of medicine, and can involve public health, biochemistry, clinical research, microbiology, physiology, oncology, and surgery, plus research into communicable and non-communicable diseases.

How We Are Different

The Research Department is active and growing at The Vancouver Clinic. On any given day you may run into one of the staff in Endocrinology, Rheumatology, or Pediatrics as well as the Cardiology department (where our office resides).

Some of our recent studies and trials include diabetes medications, pediatric vaccines and Hepatitis C clinical trials. You may have heard about the new Rheumatoid Arthritis medication, Xeljanz. Our department is proud to have been involved in the development and FDA approval of this medication, which provides significant relief for patients. And we are currently in the midst of a follow-up extension study with Xeljanz in order to continue collecting safety data the FDA requires.

About Clinical Trials

To test the effectiveness of a new medical treatment, drug or device with patients, researchers conduct a scientific study called a clinical research trial. The trial may show that the investigational treatment is better than, as good as, or no better than the standard treatment for the same condition. Clinical trials may produce successful treatment for diseases which have had no treatment in the past. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires clinical research trials before it can approve a new treatment as safe and effective for public use.

A clinical research trial is a partnership and a commitment between doctors and volunteer patients. It is the final test in a series of many carefully controlled scientific studies.

Clinical trials and studies in the following areas:

  • Diabetes – Type I and Type II
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Pediatric vaccines
  • Follow-up extension studies that ensure the quality and safety

    Making the Decision to Participate

    There are two reasons to participate in a clinical research trial: to help yourself and to help others.

    It is possible the treatment being tested will improve your health. A new drug or new procedures may reduce pain or perhaps even cure your illness. All clinical research trial patients receive a great deal of personal medical attention.

    You may also decide to participate in a clinical research trial for the satisfaction that comes from being a part of scientific research. Many people hope for a breakthrough treatment that will make coping with an illness easier or eliminate it altogether. Clinical research trial volunteers help make those discoveries available to people all across the country and around the world.

    Being a volunteer is a serious commitment. Deciding to participate in a clinical research trial means weighing possible benefits against possible risks. You should only make the commitment to participate in a clinical research trial after you have carefully discussed all the facts with your doctor and/or the research study coordinator.

    Information for Sponsors

    Our Facilities
    The Vancouver Clinic is the largest multi-specialty group practice in Vancouver, Washington. There are 250+ physicians and mid-level providers in five locations in Clark County. Vancouver is located along the Columbia River adjacent to the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and 12 miles from the Portland International Airport.

    Diagnostic services include fully accredited laboratory, full imaging services (diagnostic radiology, mammography, ultrasound, CT, MRI, bone densitometry (DEXA)), ECG and monitoring services, an infusion center, pulmonary function lab, cardiac testing (treadmill, Holter, nuclear studies), Ambulatory Surgery Center and a 10-bed Sleep Center.

    Patient Demographics
    The population of Clark County is approximately 400,000. The Clinic’s active patient population (seen in the last 2 years) is roughly 125,000 patients.

    Hospital Affiliations
    Physicians at The Vancouver Clinic are affiliated with PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, located four blocks from the main Clinic campus. Many physicians are also affiliated with Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital, located approximately 8 miles from the main Clinic campus.

    Industry Services
    Secure and controlled building access and patient areas
    Secure, climate-controlled drug storage
    Patient management database and electronic medical record
    Excellent FDA audit record
    We utilize central IRBs
    -20 C freezer
    Refrigerated centrifuge

    Research Department Staff
    Medical Director for Research: Marcia Sparling, MD

    Department Manager: Laurie Swanson

    Nicole Gentes, MA, CRC

    Contact Information:
    Phone: 360-397-3388
    Fax: 360-604-1752

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