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About Us

Clinical Research Experience: Our site specializes in conducting phase II, III, and IV clinical trials while pursuing involvement in a wide range of therapeutic areas.

Facility Description: We are a dedicated research facility with well equipped patient examination rooms. Our patient waiting area is well-lighted and comfortable. Our laboratory room is clean, neat, and well equipped with a phlebotomy station, huge laboratory processing space, centrifuge and much more. Our drug cabinet is kept locked in a secure area with limited access. Our study supplies are also kept in this limited access area as well as a lockable refrigerator and lockable freezer. There are three private spacious monitoring rooms with all office supplies provided for our monitors. High-Speed Internet access is readily available for electronic data transfer and monitoring needs, and a dedicated data line. We have a huge, secure, and fire-retardant document storage area, as well as on-site Regulatory and Accounting functions for easy centralized management.

Our facility is centrally located in Houston, Texas with easy access to all major freeways and airports. It is about 30 minutes from William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and approximately 40 minutes from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). There are several affordable 4 star hotels in the area.

Our Professionals

Marializa V. Bernardo
Marializa V. Bernardo, M.D., P.A.

Investigator Experience
Partner, Southwest Nephrology Associates, LLP Principal Investigator, Southwest Houston Research, LTD. [...]

Felicia Chidolue, FNP-C, DNP

Sr. Study Coordinator/ Sub-Investigator Experience
Felicia Chidolue is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Bachelors of Science in [...]

Staff Expertise
Our staff is dedicated to providing a top-notch experience to both our patients and sponsors. Southwest Houston Research, LTD. is a strong site with over 10 years combined research experience invested by its staff. Our staff is trained in FDA, SOPs, GCPs, ICH and HIPAA guidelines. Our staff is IATA certified for shipping and handling of hazardous materials and dry ice shipments. We have a bilingual assistant coordinator. We have experience working with both electronic-CRFs and traditional CRFs.
Patient Demographics
Houston, the 4th largest city in the US, is an ethnically diverse city with the following population statistics: 50.2% Male, 49.8% Female, 56.7 % Caucasian, 42.3% Hispanic, 23.5% African American, 5.8% Asian, 64% between 18 and 65, and 8% over 65. - Source: 2005 American Community Survey
We recruit patients from physician practices, referrals, community outreach, as well as via advertising. Our community has a positive attitude towards research.
Sponsors we have worked with include:
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Advanced Magnetics, Inc.
  • Amgen, Inc.
  • Covance, Inc.
  • FibroGen, Inc.
  • Hoffmann-La Roche
  • Ilypsa, Inc.
  • J&J Pharmaceutical Research & Development
  • Nabi Biopharmaceuticals
  • Ono Pharma USA, Inc.
  • Ortho Biotech Products, LP
  • Shire Pharmaceutical Development, Inc.
  • Speedel Pharma Ltd.
  • Watson Laboratories, Inc.
  • AstraZeneca
  • Phosphate Therapeutics Limited
  • Hospira, Inc.
  • Akebia Therapeutics, Inc.
  • OPKO IP Holdings II, Inc.
  • Rockwell Medical Technologies, Inc.
  • Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp
  • Gilead Sciences, Inc.
  • Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.
  • Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
CROs' we have worked with include:
  • Averion
  • DCRI (Duke University)
  • Health Decisions, Inc.
  • ICON Clinical Research
  • McKesson BioServices
  • MDS Pharma Services
  • Parexel International
  • ProTrials Research, Inc.
  • Quintiles, Inc.
We utilize Central IRBs and have worked with the following:
  • Allendale IRB
  • Coast IRB
  • Independent Review Consulting, Inc.
  • New England IRB
  • Quorum Review, Inc.
  • Research Consultants' Review Committee
  • Schulman Associates IRB
  • Sterling IRB
  • Western IRB