Our Experience 

AMR Lexington is a multispecialty clinical research site in Lexington, KY.  The ability to recruit evaluable patients rapidly, maintain high retention rates, and produce high-quality study results in a timely manner has earned AMR Lexington a sterling reputation as one of the nation’s leading clinical drug research facilities.  The company has conducted trials for every major drug company in the U.S. in addition to numerous international companies and U.S. government agencies.


AMR Lexington was originally founded in 1991 as Central Kentucky Research Associates (CKRA) by Deborah Dyer, RN, BSN, and the late Jacqueline Smith, RN, BSN.  CKRA was Kentucky’s first independent clinical drug research facility and one of only a few such facilities in the national that was owned and operated by women who were not physicians.  In 1994, CKRA was asked to join the prestigious Alliance for Multispecialty Research (AMR); an elite network of clinical research sites whose membership is by invitation only and the culmination of a rigorous review and acceptance process.  Today, AMR is an industry-leading company comprised of 16 of the most highly experienced clinical research centers in the United States and serves as a hub for shared marketing, business development, and best practices.


AMR Lexington has conducted over 500 Phase I-IV clinical trials in the areas of Allergy, Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology/Metabolism, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Neurology, Pain Management, Pediatrics, Respiratory Disorders, Smoking/Tobacco Studies, Urology, Vaccines, and Women’s Health.


AMR Lexington operates as an outpatient facility with access to inpatient care.  Our facility offers the following amenities:


  • Completion of over 30 Phase 1 pre-clinical kinetics trials
  • Computerized study management tracking system
  • Comfortable waiting room
  • Remote and Internet data entry service
  • Monitor area with phone, fax, copier, shredder, and dedicated computer lines
  • Locked CRF library
  • Standardized and locked regulatory files
  • On-site overnight facility
  • On-site short-term storage facility
  • Off-site long-term storage facility
  • Initial regulatory packets completed within 48 hours of receipt
  • Capability to perform clinical trials using schedule 1 drugs
  • For protocols that involve the use of biologic agents, AMR Lexington utilizes the review services of the Western IRB Institutional Biosafety Committee.


  • Adolescent Obesity
  • Celiac Disease Study
  • E-Cigarette Switch Study
  • Flu Vaccine Study
  • Healthy Volunteers for Vaccine Studies
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Smoking and Tobacco-Related Studies Survey
  • Snus Tobacco Study

Upcoming Studies

  • Anthrax Vaccine
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Botulism Vaccine
  • Chronic Low Back Pain
  • Cold Sores
  • Ebola Vaccine
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • (GERD)
  • Healthy Volunteers / Blood Sample
  • Study
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Low Testosterone
  • Menthol Smokers Study
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Pediatric Meningitis Vaccine
  • Premature Ejaculation
  • Psoriasis
    Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Smoking Provocation
  • Tobacco Use
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Weight Loss

Patient Recruitment & Demographics

AMR Lexington maintains a database of over 38,000 prospective trial volunteers.  This research-only   database consists of subjects who have inquired about or previously participated in clinical trials at AMR   Lexington.  The two full-time patient recruiters strive to ensure that all potential study subjects are   thoroughly prescreened by phone prior to their first office visit to help eliminate screen failures, and to   make certain AMR Lexington meets or exceeds contracted enrollment on all trials.


 Lexington is located at the intersection of Interstates 64 and 75 in the heart of Central Kentucky’s   Bluegrass Region.  In the 2018 U.S. Census estimate, the population of Lexington and its surrounding counties stood at 516,697, with 80% of the people ranging in age from 18 to 65 – the primary target for the majority of clinical research trials.


  • Colleges, Universities and Technical Schools:  18 – Population 50,000
  • Ethnic Diversity:  Caucasian – 70.8%, African-American – 14.2%, Other – 15%
  • Gender Distribution:  Female – 52%, Male – 48%
  • Median Household Income:  $58,069


  • American Heart Association certification for Standards and Techniques of Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Biosafety Level 1 and 2
  • BNDD licenses
  • CLIA certified laboratory
  • Certified clinical research coordinators
  • Certified Principal Investigator
  • Certified smoking  cessation counselors
  • OSHA compliant
  • HIPAA compliant
  • CPR/BLS certified staff
  • FAA certification for the shipment of hazardous materials
  • Federal Wide Assurance:  #00011640
  • GDUFA Registration:  #3002631466
  • IATA certification
  • NIH and CITI certifications
  • CPR certified staff

Specialized Experience

  • Studies conducted in adolescent, pediatric, adult, and special populations
  • PBMC collection (local processing)
  • Challenge studies
  • Special handling procedures
  • Safety, immunogenicity, and field efficacy trials (non-endemic and endemic areas)
  • NIH Work on recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids
  • Bio-equivalency / Bio-similar / Bio-identical studies

AMR Lexington regularly participates in health fairs and educational seminars, but our community involvement also includes providing hands-on training to students participating in medical assisting externship programs through local colleges and universities.


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