An independently-owned and operated research company, RCA specializes in conducting CNS trials for pharmaceutical and biotech companies. We are committed to delivering solid science and apply strict adherence to GCP/ICH, as well as training in FDA Code of Federal Regulations. Committed to the integrity and quality of our work, RCA delivers accurate results and aim to exceed our goals in medical advancement.
Clinical trials are a necessary component in developing new medicine. Research teams investigate new drugs to test their effectiveness. Trials on new drugs can only begin once they are deemed safe and effective for people to use.
There are eligibility requirements for those interested in participating in clinical studies. These requirements can vary, depending on the patient's medical condition, age or even gender. Once qualifying, a study coordinator will meet with participants and explain the study, including its risks and benefits.
Patients must be fully-informed and completely understand the schedule of treatment, any procedures, potential positive or negative effects, before they can participate in the study. A volunteer may decide at any time to withdraw from the study, completing exit interviews to confirm a safe exit from the study.
It is a weighted decision to participate in these studies. Our staff is prepared to give any assistance necessary for patients to make informed decisions regarding their health. By participating in a clinical trial, patients are contributing to the advancements of new therapeutic areas of medicine. Our staff remains dedicated to ensuring the best patient care in all of RCA's clinical research.
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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 50 clinical trials, he ensures excellent patient care and thorough involvement in the research process.
Dr Ventre's experiences as a young hospital volunteer helped root his values in patient care, and inspired an admirable career. Dr. Ventre began his studies at the University of Puerto Rico, earning a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology and Science. He continued his medical studies at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and ultimately earned his Doctorate of Medicine at Universidad Iberoamericana, Santo Domingo. He completed his residencies at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Cabrini Medical Center for Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, and finished at the University of Florida Psychiatry Program.
In addition to being the principal investigator at RCA, Dr. Ventre is owner of a thriving group practice, Ventre Medical Associates (VMA), adjacent to the RCA offices. Encompassing a wide variety of diagnoses from this practice, Dr. Ventre treats patients with psychiatric disorders in pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics.
Dr. Lisa Mai Nguyen is a highly experienced sub-investigator at Research Centers of America. Decorated with certifications by every major rater training company and CNS rating scales, she is responsible for negotiating, coordinating, and conducting all aspects of clinical research trials.
Dr. Nguyen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Jacksonville University and completed her Masters of Science and Doctorate of Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Since then, Dr. Nguyen has accumulated a decade of relevant, clinical experience. A certified specialist with both adults and children, Dr. Nguyen has covered a broad spectrum of psychological disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
From teaching and mentoring, therapist, rater, investigator and now chief of operations, Dr. Nguyen's career has provided a positive impact to the success of the RCA team.
Dr. Michael Piercey brings decades of knowledge to the RCA team. As a sub-investigator at RCA, Dr. Piercey is committed to delivering expert assessments and quality patient care.
After receiving his Medical Degree from Yale University, Dr. Piercey engaged in a successful career. From several years as a private practice, to numerous medical director positions, Dr. Piercey has been a leader in the field of psychiatric medicine. During his years as a clinical and medical director, he helped grow a 40 bed facility to a three-hospital network with 400 beds.
Dr. Piercey's broad scope of work and distinctive record provide valuable insight to our staff.
Earning his medical degrees from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine/Kent State University, Dr. Mendiratta completed his residency at the University of Florida Psychiatric program. He has been practicing in the South Florida area for several years, specializing in pediatric, adolescent and adult Psychiatry as well as Neuropsychiatry.
During this time Dr. Mendiratta has significantly contributed valuable research in a number of disorders including schizophrenia, ADHD, substance abuse and depression. He remains dedicated to the advancement of clinical research and delivering excellent patient care.
Earning his medical degree from the University of Havana School of Medicine, Dr. Grenier has led a notable career. Co-authoring several medical publications in a range of specialties, Dr. Grenier asserts the highest quality of care to each of his patients.
Affiliated with many South Florida hospitals and numerous ALFs/SNFs, Dr. Grenier is known for his comprehensive approach to his work. His enthusiasm for his research is laudable, and a model of good practice.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder characterized by excessive or constant distraction and hyperactivity. ADHD management usually involves some combination of medications, behavior modifications, lifestyle changes, and counseling. Typically, it is diagnosed as children, though in some cases the diagnoses happens later on as adults.
RCA's staff has extensive clinical experience in ADHD, with certification in the Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Rating Scale – IV (ADHD-RS-IV).
Anxiety is a common human experience. However, severe episodes that begin to disrupt one's life, or impede in their daily interactions, can indicate an anxiety disorder.
There are a number of treatments available, and typically include combination of medication, lifestyle changes, psychological therapy and relaxation techniques. With several certifications in Social/Behavioral/Emotional Functioning for adults as well as children, our staff delivers expert knowledge to every case.
Autism Spectrum disorders cover a variety of conditions that deal with developmental issues. Pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) is a term used to describe developmental issues with socialization and communication. This group of disorders includes Asperger syndrome, autism, atypical autism (PDD-NOS), childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD) and Rett Syndrome.
Varying in severity and symptoms, these disorders are usually discovered in childhood, typically if the child displays difficulty and interacting with others. Though there is no cure, early treatment can greatly improve their abilities.
Research Centers of America has invested a great deal of time to the study of treatments for these disorders. Our staff is trained in every certification, with special training for children's unique and comprehensive needs.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder, is a condition encompassing a range of mood disorders exhibited as abnormally elevated mood levels and/or depressive mood levels. A bipolar spectrum classifies the severity and variation of the condition into multiple sub-categories.
RCA's caring staff has experience in working with patients with bipolar disorders, and understands the range of needs that patients require. There are many available treatments, which help patients manage their symptoms.
Symptoms of depression can appear mentally as well as physically. Feelings of sadness and loss of interest can affect how one behaves and acts.
Depression is a common emotional experience, however it is considered a medical condition when the symptoms become chronic and unmanageable. Types of depression can vary, from childhood/teenage depression to postpartum depression in early motherhood. It is important to treat these conditions to maintain a healthy and productive life.
Insomnia can happen at any age, but most often occurs in the elderly. Insomnia is a disorder that causes an individual to experience difficulty sleeping, staying asleep or both. It can take a heavy physical toll on an individual's body, and impede performance in one's daily life.
Pain management is a comprehensive focus on easing the suffering for those dealing with chronic pain conditions. Analgesics and sometimes anxiolytics are used in combination with treatments from medical specialists, such as occupational therapists or medical practitioners. This approach aims to heal the cause of the pain, while medicinal strategies are applied to ease the suffering and discomfort.
Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder where an individual interprets reality abnormally. Hallucinations, delusions and incoherency are common behaviors associated with Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia can be caused by genetics, early environment, as well as nuerobiological and psychological factors can all contribute to schizophrenic behavior.
Our staff has participated in many years of valuable research with Schizophrenic patients, and have contributed the advancement of its therapeutic treatments.
Constipation is a condition where bowel movements are difficult to pass, and/or occur infrequently. There are generally two types, one is caused by an obstruction and the other is classified as colonic slow transit (hypomobility). Constipation is considered a symptom, and not a disease. There are several treatments to alleviate the symptoms, however, the aim is to determine the cause.
Constipation can be an unpleasant side effect from certain medications and treatments, such as opiates and chemotherapy. Diet and hormones can also play a factor, and can be modified to reduce occurrences. The usage of laxatives and enemas relieve symptoms, but in more severe cases, biofeedback and surgery are required.
Headaches are described as any pain in the head and neck area. It can occur as an overall dull ache, a sharp stab or a throbbing pain. A more severe version is referred to as a migraine. Often accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light or sound, migraines typically hurt on one side of the head. The causes of migraines are unknown, but some sufferers claim to notice a particular sensation or visual aura, that indicate a migraine will soon occur. Migraines are treated for each symptom, including analgesics for the pain, anti-nausea medications and the avoidance of triggers.
Also known as high blood pressure, hypertension is a common condition that can go unnoticed for years without displaying symptoms. The narrowing of blood passageways causes high blood pressure, making the heart work harder. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to long-term management, as hypertension is a major risk factor for potentially fatal cardiac complications.
Obesity is a condition where an individual has excessive body fat, and as a result, has a negative impact on their health. Obesity elevates the risk of heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.
The leading treatment for obesity involves changes to diet and exercise, however some individuals may require additional treatments due to medical conditions, such as endocrine disorders. Many factors play a part in obesity, genetics, medicinal side effects and psychiatric disorders can all affect an individuals circumstance.
Sexual dysfunction refers to an individual or couple experiencing difficulty in any stage of sexual activity. When treating conditions of this nature, a thorough evaluation must be conducted. From sexual history to overall health, finding the correct assessment is critical to a positive and permanent recovery.
Sexual dysfunction can also occur as a side effect from certain medications such as SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) drugs. Other factors, such as anxiety, performance, guilt, emotional or physical trauma are also taken into account in developing the most appropriate therapy.
Alcoholism is a broadly used term describing an individuals dependency on alcohol with compulsive and constant consumption. Alcohol abuse can result in damage to every major organ in the body, including one's brain chemistry. If untreated, this condition is often fatal and can result in organ failure.
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive drug that can cause damage to the cardiovascular and central nervous system. It is a stimulant, an appetite suppressant and a topical analgesic. With excessive use, cocaine can cause chronic itching, tachycardia, hallucinations and paranoid delusions, all potentially life-threatening at high dosages.
Rehabilitation procedures need to be carefully monitored, as withdrawal symptoms may become severe, including paranoia, depression, anxiety and even psychosis.
Methamphetamine is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It increases alertness, concentration, and in high doses creates a euphoric feeling, enhancing self-esteem and libido. These qualities make it highly addictive psychoactive drug.
Methamphetamine is an FDA approved drug to treat ADHD and some cases of obesity. These prescriptions cannot be refilled, and requires a doctor visit each time a prescription is refilled.
Opioids dependancies involve an extreme preoccupation with taking and obtaining more drugs, taking extremes beyond their better judgement. Excessive usage begins to build a tolerance, and can completely neglect any other responsibility to obtain more quantities of the drug. Withdrawal symptoms can be extreme, ranging from severe anxiety, dysphoria, akathisia to tremors and dizziness.
RCA outpatient and inpatient sites specialize in Phase I-IV clinical trials in various ages ranging from adult, geriatric, child and adolescent groups.
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. Additionally, We receive extensive referrals from VMA (Ventre Medical Associates), further increasing our database to reach new potential patients.
If you have been considering participation in one of our inpatient studies, we encourage all potential volunteers to fully inform themselves of the entire process before making any important decisions regarding their health. If you decide to participate, you will receive specific instructions on what you will need for your stay at our inpatient facility.
Fort Lauderdale Hospital (FLH), is a freestanding psychiatric hospital, accredited by the State of Florida, Broward County, and The Joint Commission. With admitting privileges to the hospital, RCA works closely with the staff to provide a safe and nurturing environment for patients. RCA completes daily rounds at this fully-equipped facility, utilizing research-only beds and separate offices for research staff. Ongoing didactics, trainings, and supports are provided to FLH staff and administrators in regards to current protocols being conducted in the facility.
Research Centers of America is committed to providing potential volunteers access to the information they need to fully inform themselves of the research process before making any decisions regarding their health. Those who decide to participate will receive specific instructions on what is required to participate in the study.
Our outpatient facility provides comprehensive care programs, completely equipped with private exam areas, and any necessary technology to support the clinical studies. Our knowledgeable staff maintains a high caliber of patient care, and aims to exceed expectations.