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Our Highly Experienced Staff Has Conducted Over 1,000 Clinical Trials

Research Centers of America (RCA) is a privately owned, multi-specialty research site that conducts Phase I – IV clinical trials.

RCA in-patient and out-patient studies are made up of healthy and special populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric age groups.

Our outpatient facility spans approximately 10,000 sq. ft. and is associated with Ventre Medical Associates (VMA), a large outpatient clinic consisting of 7 psychiatrists, 5 mid-level clinicians, and various support staff members,

With recruitment and advertising capabilities, our database allows us to reach over 15,000 patients. Affiliated with 2 PHP programs and 15 ALFs/SNFs, RCA has a relationship with every major medical center and psychiatric hospital in the area.

Our Clinical Research Capabilities

Our Mission is to be the best Clinical Research Site in South Florida contributing to the development of new medications to improve our patients’ lives.

RCA outpatient and inpatient sites specialize in Phase I-IV clinical trials for all diagnoses in various ages ranging from adult, geriatric, child and adolescent groups. Our outpatient facility spans over 5000 sq. ft. and is directly located across from Ventre Medical Associates (VMA), a large outpatient clinic consisting of 7 psychiatrists, 5 mid-level clinicians, and various support staff.

RCA’s largest source of study participant referrals are originated by VMA clinicians and staff as they are affiliated with several IOP/PHP/PSR programs, Assisted Living Facilities, and contract with Broward Health to be the sole provider of behavioral health services at their two largest hospitals in Broward County. RCA physician investigators Dr. Ventre and Dr. Mendiratta serve as Chief of Psychiatry at Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Imperial Point, respectively. Through our collaboration with VMA, RCA is able to exponentially increase our database to reach new potential study subjects. With recruitment and advertising capabilities, our combined database allows us to reach over 15,000 possible subjects for our various clinical trials. Our outpatient facility has direct access to Broward County Transportation and RCA can provide other transportation services, including Yellow Cab and private transportation, if needed.

RCA conducts inpatient clinical trials at a nearby hospital, located within miles of our main outpatient clinic. This freestanding psychiatric hospital has over 60 beds and 18 beds are located on a dedicated research unit. RCA physicians, ARNPs, and PAs are credentialed to provide services at this inpatient facility. RCA works closely and collaboratively with the inpatient hospital to ensure appropriate study conduct and patient safety at all times. We conduct ongoing didactics, trainings, and provide support to hospital staff and administration in regards to current protocols conducted at the hospital.

Research Centers Of America (RCA) investigators have participated in over 1,000 clinical trials.

Therapeutic Areas of Focus*

* among all current RCA investigators

Mental Health (CNS)

Mental Health (CNS)

We run many types of studies that are aimed to treat a wide variety of conditions.

VACCINES

VACCINES

A vacine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular disease.

SLEEP STUDIES

SLEEP STUDIES

Up to 14 beds avaulable for research use, 6 beds adjacent to main outpatient clinic.

Phase I Trials

Phase I Trials

GASTROENTEROLOGY

GASTROENTEROLOGY

Gastroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine

SUBSTANCE ABUSE & ADDICTION

SUBSTANCE ABUSE & ADDICTION

For individuals who are suffering from addiction, it can be very difficult to overcome the condition.

WOMEN’S HEALTH

WOMEN’S HEALTH

Unique issues include pregnancy, menopause, and conditions of the female organs.

Laboratory Sample Management

  • Determine laboratory needs as defined in the protocol
  • Attend SIV for study specific sample management training
  • Coordinate with study team to generate shipping schedule
  • Ability to prepare study-specific processing logs, requisition forms, collection and transfer tube labels, and shipping manifests
  • Review laboratory kits and prepare our own if needed
  • QC cross-check of samples pre-collection and during shipment preparation
  • Pack and ship specimens as per protocol/IATA requirements
  • Dry ice service via scheduled and delivery-on-demand
  • Sample retention tracking

PBMC Isolation Capabilities with Long-Term Liquid Nitrogen Storage Coming Soon!

Pharmacy Capabilities

Licensed Research Pharmacist

  • Experience in Compounding, Mixing, IV, and Bulk Preparation
  • Coming Soon: USP 800 Compliant Pharmacy
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee Experience

Pharmacy Equipment

  • Temperature Monitoring with Alarm System
  • Biosafety Level 2 Certified Hood
  • 2 – 8°C Refrigerators and
  • -20/-70/-80°C Freezers
  • Compounding Scale
  • Back-up Generator
  • Restricted Key Card Access
  • Locked Cabinets for Blinded Medication
  • Double-Locked System for Controlled Substances

Marketing Department

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Advertising & Recruitment

  • Targeted Local Media Advertising
  • Print
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Database
  • Internet
  • Social Media
  • Email Blasts
  • SMS Text Messaging
  • News Releases
  • Direct Mailing
  • On-Air Endorsements
  • Recruitment Tracking for ROI
  • Community Outreach
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Conference and Special Events

RETENTION STRATEGIES

  • Early subject education
  • Unit orientation upon admission
  • Establish good rapport between subjects and study team
  • Instruction sheets created for subjects with projected visits dates and reminders
  • Frequent follow-up and reminder contacts via phone, emails and SMS texting from friendly staff

Meet Our Staff

Throughout the country, there are many companies that specialize in clinical research, but throughout the years our team at Research Centers of America (RCA) has dedicated ourselves to being truly exceptional. We are an independently owned and operated research company offering clinical trials in Broward County and surrounding areas.

Peter Ventre, MD

Principal Investigator

  • Founder, Research Centers of America and Ventre Medical Associates
  • Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Dr. Ventre has built a strong reputation over the years within the research community as being a diligent and insightful investigator. With experience in more than 100 clinical trials, he ensures excellent patient care and thorough involvement in the research process.

Howard Schwartz, MD

Principal Investigator

David Seiden, MD

Principal Investigator

Maria DePombo, MD

Principal Investigator

Sandeep Mendiratta, MD

Principal Investigator

  • Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Licensed to prescribe Controlled Substances and Suboxone

Dr. Mendiratta has served as sub-investigator for the majority of RCA’s clinical trials in both the outpatient and inpatient settings for a variety of diagnoses including schizophrenia, ADHD, substance abuse and depression. His expertise in these areas have led to several features

Nelson Cordero-Torres, MD

Principal Investigator

  • Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Licensed to prescribe Controlled Substances and Suboxone

Dr. Cordero has delved into clinical research since starting with RCA and is currently one of RCA’s Principal Investigators. He has experience with over 50 clinical trials and always maintains abreast on current research in CNS. Dr. Cordero’s experience and leadership pave the way for success in conducting clinical trials at RCA.

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