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Advanced Research Associates is a private, physician owned outpatient research facility located adjacent to Spohn South Hospital.  We are involved in a variety of pharmaceutical and device trials within the South Texas area.  We are multi-specialty and conduct Phase II, III, and IV clinical trials.  ARA has been instrumental in the development of a variety of new pharmaceutical and therapeutic products introduced into the national market. ARA provides a full array of clinical and diagnostic procedures including bone density, EKG, ultrasound, endometrial biopsies, and mammograms to name a few.  Our on-site laboratory has a CLIA Certificate of Accreditation.

Facility Description

Equipment and Diagnostic services available at our site:

  • Full time on-site Principal Investigators, Sub-Investigators, and Coordinators
  • Electrocardiograms
  • Endometrial sampling
  • Urodynamics Lab
  • Transvaginal Ultrasound
  • Mammography
  • X-Ray
  • Bladder Scan
  • DEXA Scan
  • Central IRB
  • Remote Data Entry
  • CLIA/CAP certified lab with centrifuge
  • Dry Ice
  • Temperature-Monitored Refrigerator and Minus 20˚ freezers
  • Locked and Temperature-Monitored Drug Closet

Clinical Research Experience

Our research center has over 10 years experience conduting clinical trials.   ARA has worked with 40+ international and national pharmaceutical companies as well as CRO’s.  Some of them have included:

  • Abbott
  • Astellas
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Bayer
  • Berlex
  • Biosante
  • Biosite
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Duramed
  • Glaxo  Smith Kline
  • Gynecare
  • KV Pharmaceutical
  • Kendle
  • Merck
  • Novartis
  • Pinnacle
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • Pfizer
  • Repros Pharmaceutical
  • Roche
  • Serenity
  • Sanofi Adventis
  • Solvay
  • TAP
  • Watson
  • Wyeth

Clinical Trial Expertise

  • Acne
  • Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Contraception
  • Disorder of Lipid metabolism
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • HPV/Lower Genital Tract Neoplasia
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • HPV
  • Incontinence
  • IUD
  • Menopause
  • Migraine
  • Nocturia
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overactive bladder
  • Pap Smear/HPV
  • Perimenopause
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Pregnancy
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • STD’s
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Urogynecology
  • Uterine Safety
  • Vaginal Atrophy
  • Vulvadynia

Staff Expertise


Our staff of on-site physician investigators, nurse practitioners, nurses, certified clinical research coordinators, research assistants, regulatory and recruitment specialists and administrative personnel have many years of experience conducting clinical trials in a variety of clinical areas.

Patient Demographics

ARA is associated with 4 physician clinics with access to a vast searchable patient database.  Coordinators are trained in telephone screening potential patients for initial suitability prior to scheduling an appointment.

We use the following tools for patient recruitment:

  • Patient database
  • Physician practice patients
  • Newspaper and print ads
  • Craig’s List
  • Radio
  • Social Media
  • Television
  • Billboards
  • Direct Mail
  • Community Education Seminars
  • Health Fairs
  • Newsletters
  • Internet/Website
  • Physician Referrals

Additional Info:

Contact Information:

Lisa G. Roberson, RN,  Director
Fax: 361-906-0309

Advanced Research Associates
Spohn South Hospital Physician Plaza
5920 Saratoga Blvd. ,  Suite 100
Corpus Christi, TX  78414