Altru Health System
860 South Columbia Road
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201

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Altru's Research Department is a part of Altru Health System fully dedicated to providing research support services to physicians and researchers. Altru Health System is a not-for-profit organization consisting of an acute hospital, rehabilitation center, a large multi-specialty clinic, a family medicine clinic and several branch clinics. Altru's Research Department coordinates research studies and clinical trials ranging from general medicine to multiple specialties including diabetes, cardiology, urology, women's health, respiratory disease, pain management, vascular disease, renal or kidney disease, orthopedic conditions and nutrition.

Our office consists of four full-time employees and provides comprehensive research services and personalized care to research patients. Responsibilities of our dedicated staff include placement of studies with appropriate investigators, regulatory and IRB document submission, study tracking, finalizing contracts and budgets, patient recruitment, providing study coordination and completing case report forms.

Our Commitment:
The Researchers and Staff conducting research are committed to:

  • Adhere to all GCP and ICH guidelines.
  • Clean data submission
  • Work closely with the principal investigators and other staff to assure that research patients are safe and treated with respect and dignity
  • Providing research subjects with complete information (in simple, understandable terms) about the research study before obtaining informed consent.
  • Protecting subject's physical, psychological, and economic well being.
  • Being fair and impartial in selecting and dealing with research subjects.
  • Respecting the rights of research subjects and protecting the confidentiality of information about them.

Altru's Research Department was opened in 1993 to provide an opportunity for people in our area to benefit from scientific study.

Our involvement in inpatient and outpatient phase II-IV clinical research studies includes:

  • Acute bronchitis
  • Angina
  • Benign Prosthetic Hypertrophy
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Community acquired pneumonia
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Diabetes
  • Early stage severe sepsis
  • End -stage renal disease
  • Hemodialysis
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Idiopathic membranous glomerulopathy
  • Infant Nutrition
  • Infectious diseases
  • Influenza
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pace maker device
  • Pediatric vaccine
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Sinusitis

Sponsors and CRO's we have worked with in the past or are currently working with now include:

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Alexion
  • Amgen, Inc.
  • AstraZeneca
  • Aventis
  • Bayer HealthCare
  • Biogen Idec
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Eli Lilly
  • Endo Pharmaceuticals
  • Genetech, Inc
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Guidant Inc
  • Harvard University
  • Medtronic
  • Merck & Co.
  • NIH
  • Novartis
  • NPS Allelix Corp
  • Organon, Inc
  • Otuska America Pharma
  • Pfizer
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Purdue-Pharma
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Roche Laboratories
  • Sanofi-Synthelabo
  • Sanofi Aventis
  • Searle & Co.
  • Schering-Plough & Merck
  • Shire Laboratories, Inc.
  • SmithKline Beecham
  • St Jude Medial

Clinical Research Organizations:

  • Akzo Nobel
  • Bringham & Women
  • Clintrials
  • Covance
  • DCRI
  • ICON
  • Innovex
  • Integrated Research
  • George Washington University
  • Kendle
  • MTRA
  • Novella Clinical Research
  • Omnicare
  • Paragon Biomedical, Inc.
  • PPD Development
  • PRA International
  • Quintiles
  • Target Research Associates
  • TIMI
  • United Biosource

Abdel Ahmed, MD
Interventional Cardiology/Internal Med

Alyssa Hoverson, MD

Eric Johnson, MD
Diabetes/Family Med

James Brosseau, MD
Endocrinology/Diabetes/Internal Med

Joe Walz, MD
Family Medicine

James Hargreaves, DO
Infectious Disease

Durga Panda, MD

Adetola Haastrud, MD

Ebima Okundaye, MD

Mohammed H. Rahman, MD

Matthew Roller, MD

Paul Macleod, MD
Orthopedics/Sports Med/Total Joint Replacement

Scott Lee, MD

Eric Lunn, MD

Lori Sondrol, MD

Arvind Bansal, MD
Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care/ Internal Med

Wayne Breitwieser, MD
Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care/ Internal Med

Rolf Paulson, MD
Vascular Disease/Internal Med/Hypertension

Renee Hendrickson, CCRC, RN
Experience in clinical research since November 2000

Dianne Vold, CCRC, LPN
Experience in clinical research research since June 1995

Brenda Westacott, CCRC
Experience in clinical research since February 1999

The patients in research studies conducted at Altru are well known for compliance with protocol requirements and for low drop out rates. The Research Department has received very high ratings from patients participating in research studies as shown by patient satisfaction surveys.

Altru Health System serves more than 200,000 residents in a 17 county area in northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Dermatology/Plastic Surgery
Immunology/Infectious Diseases
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases

The department's location on the main campus of Altru Health System provides easy access not only to patients in the hospital, but also to the clinics where many of the research patients are seen. Space for visiting monitors and sponsor representatives is available within the research offices as well as in other locations on the Altru campus.

The medical complex is equipped with CT, MRI, and DEXA scanners, locked drug and storage facilities with limited access. The 232 licensed bed hospital also houses same day surgery, outpatient hemodialysis, an interventional cardiology lab and a cardiology rehabilitation program. Located within the main clinic is the Diabetes Center, Vascular Medicine, ENT and Bariatrics.

Altru's Rehab Center conducts comprehensive rehabilitation services to help patients regain abilities and achieve greater independence.

Located in the center of Grand Forks, Altru Health System is 10 minutes or less away from hotels and restaurants. Serviced by Northwest Airlines, the airport is 20 minutes away.

Cindy Flath, Supervisor
Research Department
Altru Health System
860 South Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201
701-780-1432 (fax)

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2 trials
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Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics / Podiatry Clinical Trial
A Comparison of TCC-EZ Using Human Amnion Allograft vs TCC-EZ and Standard Wound Care in Treating Diabetic Foot Ulcers.
Status: Enrolling, Phase IV
Updated: 1/22/2015
Grand Forks, ND
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Heart Failure Clinical Trial
Care Optimization Through Patient and Hospital Engagement Clinical Trial for Heart Failure
Status: Enrolling
Updated: 12/31/1969
Grand Forks, ND
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