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Physician Research Collaboration (PRC) is committed to enhancing patient treatment options for the future by participating in quality clinical research trials. PRC’s goal is to promote state-of-the-art therapeutics, ethical testing, and rigorously proven scientific methods using a network of dedicated physician partners and clinical coordinators. PRC is also committed to our clinical research trial sponsors to provide timely enrollment and accurate completion of every clinical trial, compliant with FDA regulations and ICH guidelines.

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Company History

PRC was founded in 2006 from a 30 year private practice rheumatology research center to provide a turnkey approach and immediate profitability to other Physicians who desire to professionally conduct their own clinical research trials.  PRC combines the expertise of private practice physicians and established patient populations with PRC’s vast research experience to provide sponsors with repetitive success in study enrollment, quality participants, clean data and timely completion of all aspects of the clinical research process.

PRC has three partner owners:  Melvin A. Churchill, MD, Rick C. Chatwell, MD and Lisa M. Kastanek, RN, CCRC. Together they have over 90 cumulative years of clinical research experience, enrolled over 300 clinical trials, managed three routine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) audits and were found to be in compliance with the FDA’s Good Clinical Practice Guidelines on all three occasions.

PRC has provided research expertise to principal investigators in internal medicine, family practice and pediatrics giving these physicians the research tools necessary to be immediately successful at conducting clinical trials. PRC has provided physician investigators the ability to work with cutting edge scientific advances while providing patients an opportunity to participate in clinical trials that may offer new or better treatments while scientists collect data to search for cures. We are very proud to have participated in many exciting research opportunities that have resulted in the FDA approval of many currently marketed therapies for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, gout, giant cell arteritis, polymyalgia rheumatic, vaccines, infant formula, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Down’s Syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disease, diabetes, hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Please contact us if you would like more information or desire to be a part of this exciting quest for improved medical care.


Why Use PRC?

Physician Research Collaboration (PRC) combines 40 years of industry sponsored clinical research expertise while partnering with private practice physician groups to provide large established patient populations for quick and complete enrollment. We are committed to doing clinical research the ‘right’ way by following Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Guidelines using GCP trained investigators and coordinating staff.

PRC provides the sponsor with repetitive success in study enrollment, expedited study initiation, quality participants, clean data and timely completion of all aspects of the clinical research process. We are realistic with our staff’s capabilities and honest with our enrollment potential for quick and successful completion of your research projects.

If you have need for additional sites in disciplines not currently covered in the PRC network, please call to discuss opportunities and we will collaborate with physicians in specified areas of expertise to meet your enrollment goals.

Please contact Lisa Kastanek, Lisa.Kastanek@prc.us.com, for additional information and we look forward to working with you.