EndoTrials is San Diego's creative, collaborative, and open-minded Clinical Research Center that is founded, managed, and run by true MD-PhD Physician-Scientists.
Clinical Research Center
8851 Center Drive Suite 404
La Mesa, CA 91942
EndoTrials is San Diego's new Clinical Research Center that is founded, managed, and run by true MD-PhD Physician-Scientists.Clinical research studies are crucial for the development of new therapies. We are accomplished basic and clinical researchers with vast experience in the field of endocrinology and diabetes. We are always interested in being at the cutting edge of science and technology and to help move our field forward - for the benefit of our patients.The mission of our newly founded EndoTrials Clinical Research Center is to help discover, apply and translate science about endocrine disease, diabetes, and their complications, to improve health and wellness.EndoTrials continues the clinical and research legacy of “Diabetes and Endocrine Associates" - Daniel Einhorn MD and Raymond Fink MD, a local and regional hallmark research practice that has been operating in the same locations since 1991.What sets us apart?
EndoTrials builds upon decades of know-how in clinical care and research, but what sets us apart is the operational nimbleness needed today. We are problem-solvers and creative thinkers, committed to the highest quality standards. “EndoTrials” Clinical Research Center is in a unique position relative to comparable sites contending for clinical studies, and here are some factors setting this site apart:Staff Qualifications
Both clinicians at the site, Darius Schneider MD/PhD (the site owner) and Mba Uzoma Mba MD/PhD, are double board-certified internists and endocrinologists who have trained at prestigious academic centers both in the USA and in Europe. In addition, both are accomplished Physician-Scientists with PhD degrees in fields related to endocrine research, hence combining exceptional clinical skills and scientific expertise. Sara Turner-Cooper PA-C, PhD, the research coordinator, is a certified Physician Assistant with a PhD degree completed in molecular biology prior to devoting her career to the care for patients with endocrine conditions and diabetes. In addition, the Director for Research, Robert Lipetz DO, has a long and successful history of working in the research industry having completed more than 500 clinical trials as a primary investigator, with at least half of these studies done in the field of endocrinology and predominantly Type 2 Diabetes.Facilities and Equipment
Our facility in La Mesa has ample space available for clinical trials, with well-equipped examination rooms, adequate secure drug, device, and document storage space, state-of-the-art equipment needed for clinical studies (research grade refrigerators and freezers with 24/7 monitoring, centrifuges, EKG machine, lung spirometer, DEXA bone densitometer, ultrasound, retinal camera), as well as professional grade office machines and devices and high-speed fiber internet and WiFi access points.Site Profile
The facility in La Mesa is an integral part of a large endocrine practice that has been functioning in the very same location for the past 30 years and is very well known and respected in the community, both by referring offices as well as patients. Our physicians are busy clinicians committed to providing the highest level of endocrine care to many thousands of patients. The site does not have its own Institutional Review Board (IRB) providing added flexibility regarding timelines.Population Profile and Access
The site has a patient population exceeding 20,000 with a highly diverse mix of ethnic and racial subgroups. The site’s catchment area extends as far East as El Centro and Imperial Valley and includes a well-balanced mix of White, Black, Asian, and American Indian populations. In addition, La Mesa, and the adjacent El Cajon, are home to a vast Iraqi and Chaldean population (largest in the US).Being directly connected to a large endocrinology practice with offices in La Mesa, La Jolla, and Poway, as well as holding strong collaboration ties with San Diego’s largest Private Practice Physician Groups, Sharp Community Medical Group, with a network of over 800 primary care and specialty physicians working in 350 locations in San Diego County, gives “EndoTrial” access to a very large and diverse pool of potential clinical study participants.Location
“EndoTrials” is located on the Grossmont Medical Campus, a hallmark of La Mesa which is very well connected to local freeways (I8, I125) as well as public transportation (several bus lines as well as the San Diego Trolley have stops in walking distance) making the site very easily accessible to patients and participants who rely on public transportation. San Diego International Airport is 15 automobile minutes away and can be easily reached with the San Diego Trolley. Most site patients, and potentially eligible research study participants, live and work in immediate proximity to the site.Vision and Goals
Our goal from the first consideration was to establish a highly regarded, Physician-Scientist managed site for clinical research pertinent to the field of endocrinology and diabetes, that would perform at the highest level starting from the very first study. To ensure this, we have sought extensive training for our staff and primary investigators. Work practice guidelines and standard operating procedures for “EndoTrials” were developed along with site-specific forms to be used while conducting clinical research studies. All documents including GCP training and IATA, EDP, IMP certifications, are available for review upon request.We are very excited to become a valuable site with study participants that will be appropriately managed as part of clinical trials at the highest levels possible. We are looking forward to discussing any questions that potential sponsors or study participants may have.
Scientific MindsEndoTrials is led and managed by true Physician-Scientists who have devoted their practice to helping people with endocrine diseases and to the advancement of the fields of endocrinology and diabetes.At EndoTrials, we are combining our passion for scientific rigor honed during decades of cutting-edge research experience with our love for patient care and our compassion.At EndoTrials, we are problem-solvers and creative thinkers, committed to opening the doors between sparkling ideas and proven and safe therapies.At EndoTrials, we navigate obstacles with unmatched competence, agility, and the ease of a smile.
Darius A. Schneider MD, PhD
President, Research InvestigatorDr. Schneider trained in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, and Metabolism at the Universities of Heidelberg, Germany, the University of California San Diego, and the University of Washington, Seattle and gained extensive experience in managing all subtypes of diabetes, thyroid disease, parathyroid disease, Cushing's syndrome and disease, pituitary tumors, prolactinomas and fertility, pheochromocytoma and paragangliomas, endocrine tumor syndromes, hypertension, lipids, and bone.Dr. Schneider is an accomplished clinician who trained in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, and Metabolism at the Universities of Heidelberg, Germany, the University of California San Diego, and the University of Washington, Seattle as well as an accomplished basic and clinical researcher. He completed a Ph.D. with work in pancreatic islet transplantation and was subsequently awarded a Fulbright fellowship to undertake research in the field of diabetes and immunology in the lab of Matthias von Herrath at the prestigious "La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology". Later, Dr. Schneider worked with William "Bill" Hagopian at the "Pacific Northwest Research Institute" in Seattle investigating risk scores for the prediction and correct diagnosis of diabetes subtypes as well as environmental factors in the development of Type 1 Diabetes (TEDDY study).Dr. Schneider is a co-investigator on several diabetes research studies; his extensive research background in endocrinology and immunology gives Dr. Schneider a unique perspective and underpins his pursuit of improved understanding of and better treatments for endocrine and related diseases.
Mba Uzoma Mba MD, PhD
Research InvestigatorEndoTrials is led and managed by true Physician-Scientists who have devoted their practice to helping people with endocrine diseases and to the advancement of the fields of endocrinology and diabetes.At EndoTrials, we are combining our passion for scientific rigor honed during decades of cutting-edge research experience with our love for patient care and our compassion.At EndoTrials, we are problem-solvers and creative thinkers, committed to opening the doors between sparkling ideas and proven and safe therapies.At EndoTrials, we navigate obstacles with unmatched competence, agility, and the ease of a smile.
Robert Lipetz DO
Research InvestigatorRobert "Bob" Lipetz is an incredibly accomplished clinical researcher with a long and successful history of working in the research industry. Dr. Lipetz has completed more than 500 clinical trials as a primary investigator, at least half of these studies in the field of endocrinology and predominantly Type 2 Diabetes. He brings unmatched expertise to the team.
Sara Turner Cooper PhD, PA-C
Clinical Research Center
8851 Center Drive Suite 404
La Mesa, CA 91942