Clinical Research

The California Institute of Renal Research (CIRR) was founded in 2000 by Dr. George Fadda, in cooperation with the Balboa Nephrology Medical Group. Prior to the founding of CIRR, BNMG physicians had been individually involved in many research projects. As interest and participation grew, BNMG made the commitment to form a research company. Since its founding, CIRR has earned an excellent reputation for conducting studies following precise protocol guidelines and GCP (Good Clinical Practice). We are also recognized for our successful enrollment, excellent documentation, secure record retention, well-prepared source documentation, and outstanding results of pharmaceutical audits.

CIRR has become known as a leading research institute in the specialty areas of CKD (chronic kidney disease), dialysis, vascular access, and renal transplantation. We have worked with many internationally known companies, including:


We also work closely with leading contracted research organizations such as Frenova, Icon, K-Force, PPD Paragon and Quintiles.

With the steady growth of CIRR, Dr. Steven Steinberg in 2001, Dr. Diogo Belo in 2005 and Drs. Dylan Steer, Mark Boiskin, Ramin Berenji, Jill Meyer, Joel Baranski and Barry Browne in 2013 all joined Dr. George Fadda as principal investigators. Drs. George Fadda and Steven Steinberg together have over 30 years of clinical research experience. Working closely with the principal investigators are our 20 person full- time clinical research staff and our Manager of Clinical Research Operations. Since 2000, CIRR has participated in over150 studies, enhancing its reputation as an outstanding research organization for Phase 1 to Phase 4 studies.

Due to its close working relationship with Balboa Nephrology Medical Group Inc., CIRR has access to over 40 nephrologists, a large transplant program, and over 3,500 dialysis patients. This relationship, along with its principal investigators, staff, and research facilities, has made CIRR an established presence throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties. In February of 2006, CIRR expanded its research program to El Centro in the Imperial Valley. Currently, CIRR is poised to continue its growth and participation in clinically important studies. These studies offer the benefits of modern research and new technologies to patients with kidney disease.

For further information about CKD/dialysis or transplant studies, please contact Chrislee Leyco at (619) 422-2687.

California Institute of Renal Research
CKD/Dialysis & Transplant Divisions
340 4th Avenue Suite 3
Chula Vista, CA 91910
P: (619) 422-2687
F: (619) 422-2891