Interested in Participating in a Clinical Trial?

Velocity Clinical Research, Salt Lake City

West Jordan, UT

3590 West 9000 South, Suite 300, West Jordan, UT 84088

(801) 542-8190

Help Make a Difference

By Participating in Clinical Research

People who volunteer to participate in clinical trials are key to the advancement of medical research. Our sites are dedicated to conducting clinical trials with an emphasis on patient care. Our physician investigators and other members of our research teams are extensively trained in different medical subspecialties as well as the complex field of clinical research. We strive to provide our study participants and sponsors a high quality, efficient and care-directed clinical trial experience.

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Velocity Clinical Research,
Salt Lake City

Velocity Clinical Research, Salt Lake City, formerly Advanced Clinical Research – Salt Lake City, is part of the Velocity Clinical Research organization, a wholly owned Site Organization, providing excellence in patient care, high quality data and fully integrated research sites.

Our Mission

Velocity’s mission is to bring innovative medical treatments to patients. We are committed to making clinical trials succeed by generating high quality data from as many patients as possible, as quickly as possible while providing exemplary patient care at every step.

Our Story

Conducting Clinical Trials Since 1984

Velocity Clinical Research, Salt Lake City, was founded in 1984 by Mr. Werner Huck as Advanced Clinical Research, the first community based clinical research center in Idaho and Utah. Mr. Huck was an early advocate of community -based outpatient studies. An initial model of embedding research staff in local practices evolved to stand alone research facilities. Mr. Huck and his research team participated in a large number of antibiotic trials from the 1980s until the early 2000s, addressing many unmet needs in infectious disease indications. This experience led to development of significant expertise in conduction of vaccine studies which remains a key therapeutic focus.

Over the years, Velocity Salt Lake City has expanded their clinical research expertise into Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Women’s Health and a variety of Family Medicine indications. By working collaboratively and developing strong relationships with area physicians and patients, this site has a broad network of study participants ranging from pediatric to geriatric demographics. In addition, this site also has access to Samoan and Latinx populations.

Located just south of Salt Lake City this site serves the greater Jordan Valley area. It is within walking distance from Jordan Valley Medical Center and has ample parking for study volunteers. Several hub sites are available as well. This main location has capabilities for overnight stays and extended day visits.

The Velocity Salt Lake City team is committed to being a resource for study volunteers, to providing the highest quality of patient care with compassion and kindness and to advancing medicine though research. By becoming part of the Velocity Clinical Research organization in 2019, they added new efficiencies and integration to their already comprehensive approaches to conducting clinical trials.

Our Experienced Research Team

The Velocity Salt Lake City 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.

Please meet our Lead Principal Investigator and Site Director.

Barbara Rizzardi, MD

Principal Investigator

Barbara Rizzardi, MD attended University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed a residency and internship in internal medicine at LDS Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT.   Dr. Rizzardi has research experience in broad range of therapeutic areas including vaccines.  In addition to research, Dr. Rizzardi is an independent practitioner with a private clinic.  Dr. Rizzardi also enjoys rafting and kayaking wild rivers of the western U.S.A.

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Susan Thompson, LPN, CCRC

Site Director

Susan Thompson, LPN, CCRC was born and raised in New Jersey where she became a Licensed Practical Nurse. Her family later transferred to Greenville, South Carolina where she worked as a school nurse. In the early 1990’s she joined a Family Practice that participated in clinical research, which is where she first developed her passion for research. After working 9 years as a staff nurse and helping in the research side she decided to join a research company called Hilltop Clinical Research which later became Radiant Research. Another family transfer brought her to North Carolina, where she joined PMG Research. Susan established and grew a new site for the company and was a site manager of the Salisbury, NC site where she was responsible for daily site operations and personnel management. In 2014 she was transferred to the Winston-Salem, NC location and became a Senior Site Manager. She managed both NC locations until December 2014. She then transferred to Utah where she enjoys snow- capped mountains and moose sightings.

Susan is so proud of our team’s dedication and integrity to bring new medications to the world that could change someone’s life for the better. “We care about our sponsors and our patients. We are dedicated to help make health changes for as many as we can.”

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