Research Department

Therapeutic Areas | Research Department Overview | Clinical Research Experience
Facility Description | Investigator Experience | Staff Expertise
Patient Demographics | Other Information
Currently Enrolling Trials

Therapeutic Areas

  • Devices
  • Neurology
  • Sleep

Research Department Overview

Guilford Neurologic Associates developed a Research Department in 2007 and is now dedicated to bring the latest opportunities in medical advances to our community. We take pride in having the ability to offer more than just the standard of care to our patients. Working closely with pharmaceutical and medical device companies to help identify new therapies, we strive to provide the best in quality data capture. So, it is our mission to provide accurate, dependable, and overall consistence in every aspect of the clinical trial process. We strive to help each patient understand his/her illness, recognize his/her strength, and to accept and minimize his/her handicap.

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Clinical Research Experience

Guilford Neurologic Research has conducted Phase II-IV clinical trials in neurology since 2007. We have also contracted out our services to investigators in other therapeutic areas such as gastrointestinal, radiology, rehabilitation and cardiology. We have worked on nearly 40 clinical trials with numerous pharmaceutical and device companies including:

  • AGA Medical
  • Avid Radiopharmaceuticals
  • King Pharmaceutical
  • St. Jude Medical
  • Innovative Neurotronics
  • PhotoThera Inc.
  • Lunbdeck Inc.
  • University of Miami
  • University of Minnesota
  • Yale University
  • NINDS
  • NIH
  • Biogen Idec
  • Emmes Corporation
  • The Medicines Company
  • Neurological Technologies
  • Norvatis
  • POZEN
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Quintiles
  • United Biosource
  • Bristol Meyers Squibb
  • AstraZeneca
  • Dart Neurosciences
  • Roche Pharmaceuticals

Our areas of research have included the following:

  • Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Migraine
  • Epilepsy
  • Movement disorder
  • Aspirin intolerance
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Radiology imaging
  • Biomarker tracking
  • Risk factor management

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Facility Description

Guilford Neurologic Associates is located in northeast Greensboro, very close to major highways and interstates. Accessible to pedestrians with city transportation stops in less than half a mile. Our brand new facility just opened in October of 2010. Where we are proud to offer state-of-the-art testing and reporting equipment, including EMG, NCV, EEG, Ambulatory EEG's, Evoked Potentials, Neuroimaging and Sleep Lab.

Our in-office Neurovascular Lab is equipped to perform Transcranial Doppler's (TCD), including:

  • Bubble Studies and Emboli Monitoring
  • Cerebrovascular Vasoreactivity

Our Clinical Research Department offers outpatient and inpatient clinical trials

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Investigator Experience

Pramod Sethi, MD FAHA

Medical Research Director, General Neurology and Vascular Neurology and Neuroimaging. Board certified in Neurology, Vascular Neurology, Neurosonology and Neuroimaging, is also a fellow of the American Heart Association and is a Certified Physician Investigator (CPI) by the ACRP. Participates as Primary Investigator in Stroke trials and Sub-Investigator in Migraine, MS, and Epilepsy.

C. Keith Willis, MD

General Neurology and Neuromuscular Disorders. Board certified in Neurology and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Participates as a Sub-Investigator in MS, Migraine, Stroke, and Epilepsy.

Carmen Dohmeier, MD

General Neurology and Sleep Medicine. Board certified in Neurology and Sleep Medicine. Participates as Primary Investigator in MS trials and Sub-Investigator in Migraine, Stroke, and Epilepsy trials.

Yijun Yan, MD, PhD

General Neurology and Neuromuscular Disorders and BOTOX® L Therapy. Participates as Primary Investigator in MS trials and Sub-Investigator in Migraine, Stroke, and Epilepsy trials.

Vikram Penumalli, MD

General Neurology, Neurophysiology and Neuroimaging. Participates as Sub-Investigator in Stroke, Migraine, Epilepsy, and MS trials.

Jindong, Xu, MD, PhD

Stroke & Vascular Neurology . Participates as Sub-Investigator in Stroke trials. Dr. Xu obtained his M.D. degree from Tongji Medical University in China and earned his Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto in Canada. He completed his residency in Neurology as well as fellowship in Vascular Neurology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Xu is board-certified in Neurology.

Antonia Ahern, MD

Dr. Ahern graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond. She completed her residency in Adult Neurology and a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She is board-certified in Neurology.

Saima Athar, MD, PhD

Dr. Athar graduated from the University of Hamburg in Germany. She completed her Neurology Residency and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. She received fellowship training in both Movement Disorders and Sleep Medicine from Emory University in Atlanta and was on faculty at MUSC for seven years before joining GNA. Dr. Athar is board certified in Neurology and Sleep Medicine.


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Staff Expertise

Our research staff is a mix of several different specialty areas. There are two highly trained registered nurses with critical care backgrounds that are able to maneuver as coordinators within hospital systems as well as in an office clinic. We also have two non-nurse research coordinators that have a strong background in clinical research and have helped to lead the office in subject recruitment. All Clinical Coordinators and our Regulatory Affairs Specialist are well trained in GCP guidelines, Modified Rankin, NIHSS, and multiple EDC systems. Our Regulatory Affairs Specialist governs our IRB communications and document submissions.

Rizwan Sabir

Clinical Trials Manager

Contracts, Budgets & Regulatory

Christian Munoz Pineda

Clinical Research Coordinator

Julie Fountain

Clinical Research Coordinator

Jacqueline Markham

Clinic Research Assistant/Regulatory Specialist

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Patient Demographics

Guilford Neurologic Associates services the Piedmont Triad area which includes Guilford, Alamance, Rockingham, Caswell, Randolph, and Forsyth counties. There are approximately 2 million people in our service area and our patient data base consists of over 85,000. The majority of our patients come from referrals and physician consultations. We use our electronic database to aide in identifying potential subjects as well as media advertising.

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Other Information

To obtain more information about Guilford Neurologic Associates Research Department and current studies available please contact:

Rizwan Sabir
Clinical Trials Manager
Guilford Neurologic Associates
912 Third Street, Suite 101,
Greensboro, NC 27405
Tel: 336.275.8671
Fax: 336.389.4339
Rizwan.Sabir@ConeHealth.com

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