Santa Ana, California

Velocity Clinical Research, Santa Ana

Velocity's Santa Ana research site was founded as the National Research Institute, a five-site research network in southern California, and acquired by Velocity in 2021. Our Santa Ana site offers a wide range of expertise including diabetes, NASH, vaccines, psychiatry, women’s health, and pediatric trials. Santa Ana’s experienced staff maintains high quality standards and enrollment on all their trials.

Located outside of Los Angeles, the Santa Ana site is easily accessible for patients through public transport. The Santa Ana team is bilingual, allowing the site to recruit diverse patient populations. The local hospital is located next door to the site.

All trials conducted at the site are performed in accordance with ICH and FDA guidelines, and in compliance with GCP. The Santa Ana 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.

Velocity Clinical Research, Santa Ana
2621 South Bristol Street #303, Santa Ana, CA 92704

Phone: (714) 599-8711

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Our Vision

Improve lives by making clinical research accessible to all.

Our Mission

Improve the clinical research process to accelerate the delivery of new therapies and provide exceptional care to our community.

Our experienced research team in Santa Ana

The Velocity Santa Ana 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.

  • Julie Vu, MD, MPH

    Julie Vu, MD, MPH, CPI

    Principal Investigator
    Julie Vu, MD, MPH, CPI has extensive medical experience with over 20 years of medical and clinical research and several research publications. She received her combined degree (medical/masters in public health) at St. Georges University School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Alameda Health System-Highland Hospital, a University of California San Francisco (UCSF) affiliate. Dr. Vu is board-certified in Internal Medicine as well as a certified Principal Investigator. She has conducted numerous trials from Phase I-IV in a diverse range of indications with a special interest in diabetes/endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, and vaccines.

  • Tshekedi Dennis, MD

    Principal Investigator
    Tshekedi Dennis, MD is a board-certified Psychiatrist who has over 10 years of research experience as an Investigator and over 20 years in clinical medicine. He has conducted dozens of studies in indications such as Depressive Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), General Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Dementia, Addiction, and more. Dr. Dennis has received recognition as a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and as a past recipient of the Faculty of the Year award from the UCLA-Kern Medical Center. In the Southern California community, Dr. Dennis is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience at UCR SOM (University of California Riverside School of Medicine). He continues to be active with patient care as well as psychiatry education and training.

  • Stanley Hsia, MD

    Principal Investigator
    Stanley Hsia, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, and a Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Endocrinology and Metabolism, and is a consultant endocrinologist for the Diabetes Clinic at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center. He has also served as a program director for residents and endocrinology fellows, and as a clerkship director for the Drew/UCLA medical students. Dr. Hsia has been conducting clinical research over the past 13 years, including both industry and investigator-initiated trials, and has been funded by grants from National Institutes of Health and the American Diabetes Association. He has also published original research, book chapters, review papers and CME programs on the management of lipid disorders, insulin resistance, and diabetes mellitus.

  • Minie Mercado

    Site Manager
    Minie Mercado, LVN, is a highly seasoned research professional. She has conducted studies from Phase 1-4 for the past 25 years. Some of her experience includes CNS, Metabolic, and Liver Disease. Prior to Velocity, she was head of NASH Research with a local Hepatology center.

Santa Ana facility features

The Velocity Clinical Research, Santa Ana 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
  • Parking
  • 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
clinical research site team
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