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About Us

Center Overview

Jasper Summit Research, LLC located in Jasper, Alabama (one hour away from Birmingham airport) is a thriving multi-therapeutic dedicated research site proficient in Phase II, III, & IV clinical trials with a multitude of adult participants, under direct supervision of Jan H. Westerman, MD.

Our mission to provide comprehensive clinical research services to advance the science of medicine and conduct trials according to Good Clinical Practices, and to deliver results exceeding our customer’s expectations. In doing, so we maintain the highest ethical standards. Our dedicated and experience medical professionals conduct human clinical research focusing on the well-being of the participant including the upmost respect and compassion for our research participants. We truly deliver timely, accurate data that ultimately enhances the drug development process and improves people’s lives through the advancement of safe an effective drug therapies.

Advantages we offer at JSR, LLC:

  • Consistently meet or exceed enrollment expectations
  • Excellent patient compliance and retention record
  • Flexible scheduling for patients
  • Timely turnaround of regulatory documents and contracts
  • Utilize Central IRBs
  • Standard Operating Procedures in place
  • Emphasis on the use of Good Clinical Practices to meet each sponsor’s needs
  • Easy access to Investigators
  • Research database of over 5, 000 subject’s
  • Practice database of over 17,000 patients’

Research Experience

Our participation in clinical trials originally started in 1997 under the name of “Pulmonary & Sleep Associates of Jasper, P.C.” which is Dr. Westerman private practice.  Later in 2004, “Jasper Summit Research, LLC” emerge and has been involved in outpatient clinical trials ever since specializing in pulmonary, respiratory & sleep medicines.

We conduct research in the following areas:  

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • COPD Exacerbation
  • COPD Exercise
  • Weight loss
  • Asthma
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Hypertension
  • Migraines
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Oncology – Lung Cancer

Sponsors we have worked with: 

  • Boehringer-Ingelheim
  • Novartis
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Pearl Therapeutics
  • Theravance
  • AstraZeneca
  • Allergan
  • Cephalon
  • Covance
  • Eisai
  • Pfizer
  • Purdue Pharma
  • Sanofi
  • Sunovion
  • Forest
  • Xenoport
  • Pharma Net
  • Synertac
  • Quintiles
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
  • UCB
  • Merck
  • Aquinox
  • Inverest

CRO’s we have worked with:

  • PPD, INC
  • PRA International
  • Syneos health
  • PRA Health Sciences
  • Covance
  • Parexel

IRBS we have worked with:

  • Quorum IRB
  • Alpha IRB
  • Connexus (Western Institutional Review Board, Copernicus Group IRB)
  • Sterling IRB
  • ADVARRA IRB (Schulman IRB, Chesapeake IRB)
  • Intergreview Ethical Review Board

Facility Description

Our facilities include the following:

  • Located directly across from major medical center
  • ECG machine
  • Cardiac Telemetry
  • Automatic Blood Pressure machines
  • -70 Celsius Freezer
  • -20 Celsius Refrigerator
  • Ambient Centrifuges
  • Oxygen
  • Lab station
  • Emergency Drugs
  • Defibrillator/AED
  • Secure Drug Storage for ambient and refrigerated study drug
  • Treadmill (Exercise Challenges) – CPX
  • Spirometry Rooms
  • Serial Spirometry
  • Serial PK’s
  • Chest X-RAYS
  • Lung Plethysmography
  • Methacholine Challenge room
  • Dedicated research examination rooms
  • Monitor area convenient to telephone, fax, copier
  • High speed internet
  • Patient lounge area for extended stays with WI-FI and TV access
  • Patient area provided with drinks and snacks, meals provided as needed
  • Overnight facilities with private showers and individual sleep areas
  • On-Site storage
  • Access to dry ice

Investigator experience

Principle Investigator:

Jan H. Westerman, MD (Board Certified Internal Medicine, Pulmonary/Respiratory Medicine, Sleep Medicine and Critical Care Medicine): Graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1985. He completed his residency at USAF Medical Center Keesler in 1988 and fellowship at the University of North Caroline Hospital in 1991. Dr.Jan Westerman has 27 years of research experience.


Jeremy Ty Blackwell, MD (Board Certified Family Practice) is a family medicine specialist that received his medical degree from University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2005

Aleisha Dunagan, CRNP graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner in 2012.

Jeremy Ty Blackwell, MD and Aleisha Dunagan, CRNP sub-investigators for our site with a combined total research experience of 8 years.

Staff expertise

We have four full time Clinical Research Coordinators.

Donna Sherer,RN CCRC with over 13 years’ clinical experience in research

Brandi Murray, CRC has 6 years of clinical research experience

Rebekah Manasco, CRC has 3 years of clinical research experience

Joshua Gaba, CRC, has 3 years of clinical research experience

CRC’s training and qualifications include but are not limited to the following:

ICH-GCP training/Certification

CPR Certified

ACLS Certified

OSHA complaint

Patient demographics

Jasper Summit Research has an active data base from investigator private practice, works closely with sponsors recruitment strategies, social media, local newspaper, and has reliable patients in the past.

Other information

Site uses Central IRB

  • Devices
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Family Medicine
  • Healthy Volunteers
  • Immunology
  • Internal Medicine In Vitro Fertilization
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition and Weight Loss
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pharmacology/Toxicology
  • Psychiatry/Psychology
  • Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
  • Sleep
  • Vaccines
Canadian Association Of Clinical Research Specialists
Research Centers
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