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The Philadelphia Research and Education Foundation (PREF), established in 2000 is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation that supports the research and education missions of the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center (CMC VAMC).  Through a unique public/private partnership created by congressional order in 1988, PREF is one of 85 nonprofit corporations that have that have dramatically broadened VA’s ability to benefit from private and non-VA public support for research conducted at VA medical centers. 

PREF supports the research interests of the medical center by providing administrative support for clinical trials, quality improvement and education projects that advance medical care for our Veterans and the general public.  We also assist with contract compliance, fiscal oversight, human resources, purchasing and training.


Demographic Data

  • Phases of clinical studiesPhase I, Phase II, Phase III, Phase IV
  • Types of studiesBiologics, Drugs, Medical Devices, Vaccines
  • PopulationsAdult 18-64 yrs, Senior 65 yrs and over
  • Type of siteHospital
  • # of employees involved in research20-30
  • # of investigatorsover 100
  • Number of studies last yearcurrently over 170 active studies
  • Days openMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Extended office hoursYes
  • Overnight facilitiesYes
  • Dry iceYes
  • Blinded pharmacistYes
  • Dedicated monitoring spaceYes
  • Internet access for the monitorYes
  • Onsite laboratoryYes
  • Central laboratoryYes
  • Infusion capabilityYes
  • Shipping optionsFedEx, UPS, DHL, Other
  • Contact for regulatory documentsMuhammad Zahid
  • Regulatory phone number215-823-4578
  • Type of IRB used by this siteLocal
  • How often does your local IRB meet?Monthly
  • Appropriate storage facilities for productYes
  • Able to appropriately store Schedule II drugsYes
  • # days to turn around budget and contract8 weeks