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CSP Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center: Albuquerque, NM

The Center supports investigators by managing drug and device related activities for worldwide multi-center clinical trials conducted for the VA and other federal organizations. The Center's 111 employees have collaborated in planning and conduct of more than 200 multi-center clinical trials over its 39-year history.

Services Offered

The Center provides customized pharmaceutical services to meet the unique needs of each clinical trial. Key strengths are its abilities in providing:

  • Clinical Trials Study Design Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Packaging & Labeling
  • Distribution Worldwide
  • Regulatory Support Services
  • Laboratory Quality Control Services
  • Bioanalytical Testing
  • Patient Tracking & Management
  • Drug/Device Inventory & Accountability
  • Safety & Regulatory Compliance
  • Good Clinical Practices Training, Monitoring & Auditing
assay room

Staff and Facilities

The Center's highly engaged professional and technical staff work together to produce customized clinical trial solutions. The Center's employee engagement ranks above the Gallup Organization's 75th percentile in many areas , making the Center a "best practice" organization. Customer satisfaction and productivity directly link to employee engagement., according to the Gallup Organization.

Customer satisfaction for the Center's large-scaled clinical trials in the United States and worldwide ranked 100% Good-Excellent for 2009.

The Center's modern environmentally monitored facility is registered and inspected by the Food & Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Agency.


In addition to its primary support of the five CSP Coordinating Centers, the CRPCC pursues mutually beneficial collaborations and partnerships with other government, university, and industry partners. Past and/or present clinical research collaborations with major federal organizations include:

  • VA Health Services Research & Development Service
  • Multiple Institutes of the National Institutes of Health
  • Southwest Oncology Group
  • Department of the Army
  • Department of Defense
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Center for Disease Control

Partnerships with other clinical trials biostatistical and data coordinating centers include:

  • University of Washington
  • Maryland Research Institute
  • George Washington University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Wake Forest University

Academic Affiliations

University of New Mexico Health Sciences College of Pharmacy
  • PharmacoEconomics - Pharmaceutical Policy and Patient Outcomes Research (PEPPOR) Program
  • Pre-Doctor of Pharmacy Clerkships and Internships
  • Post-Doctor of Pharmacy Fellow Program in Multi-Center Clinical Trials
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program (Ph.D. & M.S.) with emphasis in clinical trials, ethics, and Pharmacoeconomics
University of New Mexico Organizational Learning & Instructional Technologies
  • Educational Internship
Drake University
  • Clerkship - Clinical Research Methodology
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
  • Clerkship - Clinical Research Methodology


James A. Hagans, M.D., Ph.D. established the CSP Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center (CRPCC) in 1972 in Washington, D.C., to support the clinical trials conducted by the Cooperative Studies Program. Starting with only a staff of four people, the CRPCC grew. It moved five years later in October 1977 to the Albuquerque VA Medical Center. Since that time, the CRPCC has continuously increased its capability, capacity, and productivity and has gained an international reputation in the management and operation of the pharmaceutical and regulatory aspects of multi-center clinical trials.

Key Personnel

Todd A. Conner, Pharm.D.
Center Director, VA Cooperative Studies
Thelma P. Salazar 
Associate Center Director, Division of Administrative Operation


Cooperative Studies Program
Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center
Albuquerque VA Medical Center
2401 Centre Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: (505) 248-3200
Fax: (505) 248-3202

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