We conduct clinical trials with strict oversight by an independent ethics committee.
As required by federal law, all research conducted at Portland Clinical Research is reviewed by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). IRBs play an important role in protecting the rights and welfare of volunteers in clinical research trials. To further protect our volunteers, all Portland Clinical Research staff have completed Good Clinical Practice and Human Subject Protection training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) offered through the University of Miami.
Stephen Fritz MD
Dr. Fritz has been practicing medicine since 1995. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Allergy and Clinical Immunology. In 2002, after serving as a primary care physician in the Air Force, Dr. Fritz completed his fellowship in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Michigan. After five years as a practicing asthma and allergy physician in Montana, Dr. Fritz moved to Idaho and opened Idaho Allergy in 2008. One year later, Dr. Fritz opened Idaho Research. In 2014, Dr. Fritz joined AAIM Care (now Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic) and Portland Clinical Research. Throughout his career, Dr. Fritz has published multiple articles in his specialty and has authored a chapter used in an allergy textbook used worldwide. Dr. Fritz has served as a Principal Investigator in over 50 clinical trials.
Jennifer O’Neal, MS, CCRA
Jennifer has had a long and varied career in clinical research. She will admit to the first 20 years of experience, but if you ask Jennifer about any additional experience, she will conveniently manage to change the subject. Jennifer spent the first four years of her career at a Phase 1 unit, where the first clinical trials in human volunteers are conducted. From there, Jennifer moved to Maryland, where she worked for Otuska America Pharmaceutical for 11 years. At that time, Jennifer decided to take a break from research. She found her way back to clinical research, though, after finding a text book on clinical research during vacation, which much to the amazement of her family, Jennifer read cover to cover for fun … After 5 years at Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Jain hired Jennifer to set up and manage Portland Clinical Research. As the Senior Research Coordinator, Jennifer will be your primary contact for all clinical trials.
In addition to Dr. Fritz and Jennifer, Portland Clinical Research employs administrative staff, nurses, and medical assistants to assist with the clinical trials.
Research Facility and Capabilities
- CLIA Certificate of Waiver
- IATA/DOT trained shipper
- Electronic Precision Balance
- -40⁰C freezer
- Easy access to dry ice
- Locking study drug refrigerator
- Internet-based temperature monitoring system with text alerts
- 12-lead digital EKG
- Automatic vital sign machines
- Stadiometer / Scale
- Crash cart, automated external defibrillator, and oxygen
- High speed internet
- Ability to use most IRBs
- Short time lines for IRB submissions
- Fast approval for budgets and clinical trial agreements