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Research Center Profile:
Altoona Center for Clinical Research

Center Information

Lisa Claycomb
Clinical Research Administrator
Altoona Center for Clinical Research
175 Meadowbrook Lane
Duncansville, PA 16635
814-693-0400 (fax)
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Therapeutic Areas

Healthy Volunteers
Internal Medicine
Nutrition and Weight Loss

Center Overview

The Altoona Center for Clinical Research was founded in 1991 by Alan J. Kivitz, MD, CPI. This is a privately owned, 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art research and group private facility that includes four Rheumatologists. The center also has a 5 bed overnight or extended stay facility for conducting Phase I and PK studies.

ACCR is dedicated to providing quality clinical research with the highest standards of patient safety.

Over 700 studies have been completed at the center for at least 100 different Sponsors and CRO's. ACCR has met or exceeded promised enrollment goals in the vast majority of these trials.

A separate employee is dedicated solely to patient recruitment.

Clinical Research Experience

ACCR conducts Phase 1 through IV clinical trials.

We are highly experienced in, but not limited to, the following indications:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • BPH
  • Chronic Pain
  • Device Trials
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • GERD
  • Gout
  • Healthy
  • Insomnia
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • NSAID Induced Ulcers
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Stress Urinary Incontinence
  • User Accessibility Testing - Trials

Facility Description

Equipment on-site:

  • 5 dedicated Monitoring Rooms with telephone and high speed internet
  • IV suite (IV pumps and CRASH cart)
  • 5 bed Phase 1 unit
  • Gastroenterology Suite
  • Sleep Laboratory
  • 32 exam rooms
  • State certified laboratory
  • Locked drug storage area
  • Electronic medical records
  • X-ray (digital)
  • DEXA with IVA using a Hologic 4500W
  • MRI
  • Pharmacy
  • Biological Safety Hood for drug prep
  • -70° and -20° freezers (alarmed & temp monitored/controlled)
  • Refrigerated Centrifuge
  • EKG

Investigator Experience

Alan Kivitz, MD, CPI, Frederick Murphy, DO, Marianne Shaw, MD, and Lori Lavelle, DO have a combined 44 years of research experience. All four physicians are Board Certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Kivitz is a Certified Clinical Investigator and is also a member of one of the premier Osteoporosis & Arthritis Investigator Networks in the Nation, but he is not a member of any SMO.

You may preview his CV at:

Staff Expertise

  • 8 Physician Assistants
  • 1 Nurse Practitioner
  • 1 Dietician
  • 1 Medical Doctor acting as un-blinded Pharmacist
  • Quality Assurance Director
  • Research Manager
  • 16 Clinical Research Coordinators (4 are ACRP certified)
  • Regulatory Specialist
  • Contracts Specialist
  • Advertising/Recruitment Director
  • IATA certified staff

Patient Demographics

Altoona Center for Clinical Research draws their patients from a 50 mile radius. They serve as the sole group rheumatology practice in Blair County with a population of 129,000.

ACCR has over 40,000 patients in their electronic database which typically fulfills 85% of the enrolled subjects in clinical trials.

Other Information

More information about ACCR:

  • Central IRB
  • Site Developed SOPs
  • GCP Trained Staff
  • Comprehensive Training for Coordinators
  • Active Participation in Community Outreach Programs
  • Dry Ice
  • Generator back-up
  • On-site archiving
  • Regulatory and Contract turnaround within 1 week

Additional Site Experience:

  • Pharmacokinetic Trials
  • Electronic Data Capture
  • Electronic Patient Diary

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If you are interested in contacting this center to discuss placing a clinical trial there, please complete and send the email form below. A representative from the research center will then follow up with you.

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