Sponsors - Frequently Asked Questions

What services are available with Heartland Research?[+]

  • EKG, Treadmill
  • EGD, Sigmoid and Colonoscopy services
  • Spirometry
  • Ultrasound
  • Uroflow
  • Radiology
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Pollen Counting
  • Densitometry
  • Colposcopy, L.E.E.P
  • Certified Smoking Cessation Counselors
  • Cardiac Holter Monitoring

What equipment does Heartland Research use at the research site?[+]

  • Full Lab Services – CLIA an OSHA approved
  • 20 Degree Freezer
  • 70 Degree Freezer
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Refrigerated Centrifuge

What are the environments at Heartland Research sites?[+]

East Location

  • 9 Dedicated Research Exam Rooms
  • 1 Controlled and locked study drug storage room
  • 1 Narcotic Safe
  • 3 Dedicated monitor rooms with cable and analog data ports

West Location

  • 5 Dedicated Research Exam Rooms
  • 1 Controlled and locked study drug storage room
  • 1 Narcotic Safe
  • 2 Dedicated monitor rooms with cable and analog data ports

Newton Location

  • 3 Dedicated Research Exam Rooms
  • 1 Controlled and locked study drug closet
  • 2 Dedicated monitor rooms with cable and analog data ports

Augusta Location

  • 3 Dedicated Research Exam Rooms
  • 1 Controlled and locked study drug room
  • 1 Dedicated monitor room with cable and analog data ports

Are investigators trained on Good Clinical Practices?[+]

All Heartland investigators and staff complete GCP training annually.

How soon does Heartland turn around regulatory documents and contracts?[+]

Heartland has a standard practice of turning around regulatory documents and contracts in 1-2 weeks.

Does Heartland Research use a Central or Local IRB?[+]

All Heartland sites use a Central IRB.

Standard Practices for Recruitment?[+]

  • Heartland Research has a database containing over 30,000 active volunteers. Patient Referral Specialists are able to identify potential volunteers based on health history, medications, race, age, and sex.
  • Each of the Heartland Research locations is located within family practice clinics. This allows our investigators to refer patients from their own family practice. The additional benefit is investigators are able to see their own patients through the research visits.
  • Advertising plans are created before enrollment begins. Patient Referral and Marketing Specialists create strategies that draw specific audiences to take action. Advertising efforts email campaigns, television or radio commercials, direct mailers, and print ads.
  • Heartland Research encourages volunteers to share his or her research experience with friends and family. These positive messages help increase our research database weekly.
  • Patient Referral Specialists attend local expos, events, and visit with local physicians. These outreach efforts focus on educating the public of medical research and volunteering.
  • Investigators often appear as guest speakers at events or groups. Investigators share information regarding diagnoses and research currently being done.
  • Weekly meetings are held by staff members and investigators to discuss enrolling trials and offer advice and opinions to help identify volunteers.