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Clinical Trials: The Front Lines of COVID-19 Vaccine Research

In 2020, clinical trials were in the spotlight more than any year in history. As scientists raced to develop treatments for COVID-19, many curious individuals began to wonder who was doing the research, and how it could be done so quickly. At Clinical Research Associates, we have been on the front lines of this work, conducting Phase III COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials since August 2020. In this blog, we want to share our experience, perspective and insights to give you a behind-the-scenes view of what it’s really like to conduct and participate in clinical studies.

Our History

However, we have been around much longer than just the last 6 months. Clinical Research Associates has operated in Nashville since 1990, and we have conducted hundreds of clinical studies along the way. We’ve investigated other vaccines- like those for the flu, pneumonia, shingles, and even Ebola. We have also studied drugs and devices for heartburn, headaches, and hormonal disorders. Our experience in the arena gives us unique insight into how medicines go from the research lab to your doctor’s office.

Our Leadership

Throughout this time, we have been guided by our fearless CEO, Linda Moore Schipani, who is a Tennessee native, registered nurse, and Master of Science in nursing. She takes a hands-on approach. You’re just as likely to see Linda treating and attending to patients as you are to find her in the board room assisting clients. Her warm attitude is a big reason why patients feel welcome and at home whenever they come to visit. Whether it’s your first time here or your hundredth, all patients are treated with gratitude and respect.

Heading up medical operations is Dr. Stephan Sharp, who serves as the principal investigator for most of our studies. He is triple-board-certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, and hypertension, has more than two decades of experience conducting clinical research studies, and has been featured on NPR Marketplace for his work to connect underserved communities with opportunities to participate in trials. Always ready to connect with patients, Dr. Sharp has a natural ability to describe complex medical issues in a way that anyone can easily understand.

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Whether you’re new to clinical research or visiting us again, we hope that you learn something new from us- or even sign up for one of our studies. Make sure to check back weekly for updates on research and opportunities to sign up for a clinical study.

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