Roper St. Francis Research and Innovation Center
The Roper St. Francis Research and Innovation Center is dedicated to research in search of new treatments and better understanding of diseases and conditions by providing patients access to the newest clinical trials available for various conditions including Alzheimer's Disease, Bone Marrow, Cardiology, Depression, Oncology, Orthopedics and Wound Care. Our team is comprised of clinical research physicians, research administrators, nurses, study coordinators, patient recruitment coordinators and research compliance coordinators.
We are the recipient of millions of dollars annually in research funding from both federal grants and private sponsor companies. This enables us to offer patients access to promising clinical trials on the frontier of treatment development, as well as innovative technologies and techniques, long before they become widely available to the general public. In terms of our ADNI participation, we have been an active ADNI study site since 2006.
Jacobo Mintzer, MD is the director of the RSF Research & Innovation Center. He is also a professor in the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), a professor in the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina, and a Staff Physician at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Memorial Hospital. He completed seven years of rabbinical studies in the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary (Conservative Judaism) and received his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Mintzer completed his residency in psychiatry at Hadassah Hospital at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. While at the Hebrew University, he also continued his research on regulation of microtubules activity in Alzheimer's disease. He expanded even further upon this research while completing his fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Mintzer initiated his academic career at the University of Miami, where he developed the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program and started his career as a clinical researcher in Alzheimer’s disease. He joined MUSC as an associate professor in 1991. At MUSC, he developed the Geriatric Psychiatry program which includes inpatient, outpatient, and consultation services as well as a fellowship program. Additionally, Dr. Mintzer holds a Master of Business Administration from the Citadel Military College in South Carolina. With over 20 years of experience in Alzheimer’s disease clinical research, Dr. Mintzer is a true clinical trials specialist, and has cultivated a robust and ever expanding research program within the Roper St. Francis Healthcare system.
The Roper St. Francis Research and Innovation Center is located on the 5th floor of Roper Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. Patients will have access to free parking in any of the Roper affiliated parking garages, including the valet parking at the main entrance of the hospital. Parking stubs will be validated upon check-in. Assisting Dr. Mintzer with study visits are nurses, nurse practitioners, and study coordinators with years of experience in Alzheimer’s clinical research.