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Clinical Research Consulting, LLC is an internationally known independent research center dedicated to conducting high quality clinical research studies in multiple therapeutic areas. CRC is committed to helping physicians and their patients gain access to new, promising treatments that can improve quality of life and to helping trial sponsors meet and exceed their patient recruitment efficiency and quality assurance/data integrity goals.

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive set of services to aid in the process of bringing new, effective treatments to the market, through Phase II, III, and IV clinical trials. Our team, led by Medical Director, Susann Varano, M.D., is extremely experienced and have a detailed knowledge of GCP and ICH guidelines.

With locations in Northern New Jersey as well as in the greater New Haven CT area, Clinical Research Consulting provides our patients with convenient access to a state-of-the-art medical facility where they will receive excellent care throughout their study participation.

Through the strong network represented by our Medical Director, Principal Investigators, and Sub-Investigators, we supplement the expertise of our team from time to time with specialists. This breadth of expertise, combined with high levels of experience in applying quality standards, enables Clinical Research Consulting to be an effective resource to Sponsor organizations in promoting the scientific process.

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Experienced

Our core team have worked together for more than 15 years and have deep knowledge that results in well-executed trials.

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Patient Centric

Our success comes from our patient-centric approach.  We spend the time needed to ensure every patient’s questions are answered and that we always put their health first.

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Quality Results

With excellent patient retention, we provide the most critical outcome from our trials, which is reliable, high-quality data, and a responsive team.

Our Team

Our team is highly skilled in performing clinical research and providing medical care to our study participants.  Our team of physicians, study coordinators, and patient communication personnel ensure the effective management of study protocols, patient screening, and quality data collection. All members of the team have obtained appropriate certifications and accreditations (IATA and CCRP). They are trained in and guided by Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and International Committee on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines in their work.

Susann Varano
Susann Varano
M.D., Medical Director & Principal Investigator

As Principal Investigator, Dr. Varano has led over 75 clinical trials, and has participated in more than 20 others in a Sub-Investigator role, working with 25 different Pharmaceutical companies, and is GCP/ICH certified. Double-board certified, Dr. Varano specializes in Internal Medicine and has a sub-specialty in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Varano has developed community programs serving older patients and their caregivers as Program Director and Geriatrician of the Elder Horizons Program at Yale New Haven Hospital. She has obtained certification as Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Varano holds an M.D. from the Chicago Medical School, and a B.S. from Saint Joseph’s College. Dr. Varano leads our regional team of investigators, setting the standard for performance across our locations, working with other PIs to evaluate participation in new studies, and training new investigators as they begin their own work in clinical research.

Lauren Calgreen
Lauren Calgreen
APRN, Sub-Investigator
She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Mary College, and her MSN from Quinnipiac University.
Jerry Ferrentino
Jerry Ferrentino
M.D., Sub-Investigator

Dr. Ferrentino is an OB/Gyn, awarded his M.D. by the NY Medical College, and completed his residency with the National Naval Medical Center.  Dr. Ferrentino works with CRC as a Sub-Investigator on a range of women’s health studies, complementing his work in private practice in our community.

Nancy Baker
Nancy Baker
Site Director

Nancy Baker has served as Site Director of CRC since 2014 and manages all administrative and financial aspects of the site.  Nancy is the key contact for Sponsors and CROs on topics related to contracts and budgets and manages logistical issues to ensure efficient operation of the facility.  Nancy has also applied her 25+ years in high-tech roles in the software industry to ensure that CRC is using technology to achieve best practices in study execution and to keep CRC at the cutting edge of the clinical trials industry.

Rachel Pierce
Rachel Pierce
Assistant Site Director
She has more than 19 years of experience working with sponsors and CROs to evaluate and execute highly successful studies across a range of indications.
Holly Spain
Holly Spain
Study Coordinator Assistant
Holly joined our clinical research team as a Phlebotomist and Lab Technician in 2018 and is working as a Study Coordinator Assistant.
Gail Hopkins
Gail Hopkins
Study Coordinator, Patient Recruitment Manager

Gail Hopkins has been a member of the CRC team for over 25 years, developing strong ties with our volunteer community as a Patient Recruitment Manager, and as our Office Manager, helping to organize a broad range of logistics for the efficient execution of trials.  Currently Gail serves as a Study Coordinator, while continuing to design and lead our patient recruitment efforts across all our trials.

Mandesha Bendolph
Mandesha Bendolph
Study Coordinator Assistant

Mandesha (Mandy) is a Study Coordinator Assistant, working directly with patients as well as in the lab.  Mandy holds a Bachelor of Science from Sacred Heart University and has extensive experience working in both laboratory and medical office settings.

Joan Boyer
Joan Boyer
LPN, Research Nurse

Joan has been working with our team since 2017 as a Research Nurse, bringing with her a 30-year history of work as a Research Nurse and Study Coordinator for safety and efficacy trials in the areas of rheumatology, cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, urology, infectious disease and musculoskeletal diseases.

Adina Hodges
Adina Hodges
LPN, Research Nurse

Adina joined CRC in 2019 as a Research Nurse, primarily responsible for work on vaccine studies.  Adina has extensive experience as a nursing professional, working with patients in home, institutional, and clinic settings.

Jill Alave
Jill Alave
Bookkeeper

Jill Alave has been a part of the CRC team as Bookkeeper since 2014.  Jill manages Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable and provides support to the organization across a range of banking and accounting functions.

Linda Welch
Linda Welch
Receptionist, EDC Specialist

Linda Welch serves as Receptionist and EDC Specialist for CRC, joining the team in 2016.  Linda has training across a range of EDC systems, ensuring the timely transmission of study subject data to Sponsors and CROs.

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