Clinical Research

Research efforts at Harbin Clinic formally began in 1997 with the establishment of the Clinical Research Department.  While that model has undergone changes since its inception, we are fortunate to have a core group of very involved, well-trained physicians and research staff members who continue these efforts. 

Since its founding, Harbin Clinic physician investigators have directed more than 185 studies at our site and are experienced in Phase II-IV treatment trials as well as observational and Humanitarian Use Device studies.  We have had the opportunity to work with over 50 sponsor companies, 11 universities and government agencies, 27 clinical research organizations/site management organizations, and 17 Institutional Review Boards.

Currently, physicians in Rheumatology, Oncology, Neurology, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Vascular Medicine, and Orthopaedics are active in research and are supported by two Clinical Research Coordinators as well as a Regulatory QA Manager.  All three full time staff members have met the requirements for certification by their respective organizations (one is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals and two are Certified Clinical Research Professionals with the Society of Clinical Research Associates). 

Harbin Clinic’s research efforts provide opportunities for physicians to remain a part of cutting-edge medicine.  Patients have the opportunity to receive care locally rather than having to travel to other areas for treatment and gain access to medications they may not have otherwise been able to afford.

While a particular study may or may not improve the health of a participating patient, researchers can still gain valuable information about the condition overall which could benefit others in the future.  Regardless of the outcome, all participants receive study-related visits, tests, and medicines at no cost.

Meet Our Staff

Robin Abney, BBA, MEd, CCRP 

Robin Abney joined Harbin Clinic in 2000. 

In 1995, Abney graduated from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She majored in Administrative Systems and minored in Marketing.  In 2000, she received her master's degree in Education from the University of West Georgia. Abney has been a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) certified by the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) since 2008. In addition, she is a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), the Central Alabama Chapter of ACRP, and the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce Researchers Roundtable. She also serves as a Berry College Institutional Review Board Community Representative.

Abney is a native of Tallapoosa, GA, and resides on the farm where she was raised with her husband, Zach, and their three daughters. They are very involved with First Baptist Church of Tallapoosa, where Abney has served as the pianist for 21 years.

Terri Brannon RN, CCRC             

Terri Brannon has been with Harbin Clinic since 1998. She received an associate degree in nursing (RN) from Georgia Highlands College in Rome, GA. She is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) and also a member of ACRP, and SoCRA.                                        

Brannon works at the Harbin Clinic Tony E. Warren Cancer Center with adult oncology patients. She focuses on first-line or previous failed treatments. Brannon lives in Summerville, GA with her husband, Tim, and two children. In addition, she has three grown children, five grandchildren, three dogs, and six cats.