Hallandale Beach, Florida
Velocity Clinical Research, Hallandale Beach
Velocity's Hallandale Beach research site was founded in 2005 as MD Clinical by two board-certified neurologists, Dr. Beth Safirstein and Dr. Kerri Wilks, and acquired by Velocity in 2018. The center focuses on clinical trials for neurology and psychiatry indications, including Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory impairment conditions, major and bipolar depression, Parkinson’s Disease, and migraine. A wide range of Sleep Disorder studies, including primary insomnia and Circadian Rhythm Disorders are conducted in our fully equipped Sleep Laboratory. In addition, the Hallandale Beach site has a dedicated and secured Phase I Unit.
Our bi-lingual research team recruits and enrolls large numbers of Latinx study participants. By developing positive relationships and understanding family interactions in this demographic, Hallandale Beach more easily recruits elderly and other sub-populations of participants. Accessible to several major highways, this ADA compliant facility serves Miami and other South Florida areas. With more than 9500 square-feet of dedicated research space, they can efficiently and effectively conduct multiple concurrent studies.
All trials conducted at the site are performed in accordance with ICH and FDA guidelines, and in compliance with GCP. The Hallandale Beach team is committed to being a resource for study participants, to providing the highest quality of patient care with compassion and kindness, and to advancing medicine through research.
Our experienced research team in Hallandale Beach
The Velocity Hallandale Beach team of physician investigators and clinical research professionals are experienced clinical researchers. All physicians are board certified in their specialty area(s) and all research staff is trained in clinical research regulations, including GCP and HIPAA. Training records and certifications are maintained. Our clinical team is dedicated to conducting quality research in a professional and caring environment and strives on collecting quality data.
Medical Director, Principal Investigator
Beth Safirstein, MD co-founded MD Clinical (now Velocity Hallandale Beach), a leading research center in South Florida that specializes in clinical trials for Phase 1-4 and diseases of the central nervous system. Dr. Safirstein is a board-certified Neurologist and Principal Investigator for trials involving patients with neuropsychiatric disorders and internal medicine disease. She attended Indiana University for her bachelor’s and medical degrees and completed her residency at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Health Center. She has been a Principal Investigator since 2000.
Yean Alfonso, BS, CCRC joined Velocity in 2010 as a data entry operator, then moved to the position of recruiter and administrator. Yean’s dedication and contributions to site operations have made his tenure as Site Director for Velocity Hallandale Beach a success. He is excellent at maintaining long-lasting professional relationships with returning patients and vendors by always providing focused customer service and support. Yean’s background as an Industrial Engineer gives him a unique perspective on operational challenges. He is fluent in both Spanish and English and uses this skill to engage prospective and participating volunteers. He provides an open-door policy for everyone; employees are encouraged to stop by whenever they feel the need to meet and ask questions, discuss suggestions, and address problems or concerns at any time. He recognizes all team members for a job well done and acknowledges that without our great staff and volunteers we would not have achieved the great success of our site. On his days off, Yean loves to play video games and lounge around his house. Unfortunately, his wife disagrees with how he spends his leisure time and forces him to go shopping instead. Through all the obstacles that will come ahead he will remain focused and maintain a comfortable work environment that will be efficient and reliable.
Julio Vijil, MD is a board-certified nephrologist with extensive experience conducting clinical research. After graduating with his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Dr. Vijil received a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. He has since worked in Nephrology, focusing on dialysis, holding current positions such as Vice Chief of Medicine at Memorial Regional Hospital, Assistant Medical Director, Peritoneal Dialysis at Hollywood Dialysis, and is even an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Florida International University, while serving as a Partner Nephrologist at South Florida Nephrology Consultants, P.L. and as a Principal Investigator with Velocity.
Steven Rapp, MD is a board-certified internist with an additional certification in cardiovascular disease. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Dr. Rapp began practicing in Argentina before moving to Florida to work in Cardiology. In addition to his extensive experience in conducting clinical research as an investigator, Dr. Rapp has been practicing medicine for over four decades.
Hallandale Beach facility features
The Velocity Clinical Research, Hallandale Beach facility is designed for the ease and comfort of study participants and to allow optimal efficiencies in performing clinical trials. Features at this site include:
- Private examination/consultation rooms
- Comfortable patient reception areas
- Facilities for extended-stay pharmacokinetic studies
- Nursing station
- Secure monitoring rooms or workstations with phone & high-speed internet access
- Multiple individual & secure workstations for research staff
- Regulatory document processing area
- Electronic data capture (EDC) capabilities
- Secure record storage
- CLIA certified research laboratory or clinical laboratory with CLIA waiver
- Ambient and refrigerated centrifuge
- Secured & temperature controlled investigational product storage with pharmaceutical refrigerator & freezer
- Freezers equipped for laboratory specimens at -20 & -70 degrees Celsius
- Backup generator/power source in the event of site power loss
- Standard medical equipment, including ECG and Holter machines, digital and analog scales