About us

Who We Are

The Austin Institute for Clinical Research (AICR) is a multispecialty research organization devoted to the performance of high-quality clinical trials while focusing on patient safety and retention. Our mission statement is simple: Through good clinical practices and a safety-first mentality, we strive to produce excellent data for, and build relationships with, Sponsors and CROs. This singular focus has allowed AICR to grow quickly since its inception in 2013.

AICR has experience in running Phase II-IV trials, with quick contract and regulatory document turn-around.   All coordinators and investigators are frequently and regularly trained on Good Clinical Practices and FDA regulations. Many of our subjects are recruited directly from our primary investigator’s dermatology practices, although we have extensive experience when necessary with local and central advertising. We take pride in at least meeting, more often exceeding, our contracted recruitment goals.

AICR is dedicated to keeping at the cutting edge of technology. Recruitment from patient database is simple due to the use of an electronic health record. In addition, AICR utilizes Clinical Trial Management Software (CTMS) to help efficiently administer trials. We have experience with all of the common electronic data capture (EDC) systems, and have the fastest broadband connection available for data transfer.

AICR has the required resources to effectively administer nearly all trials. These include dedicated refrigerators, -20 and -70 freezers, EKG machine, a professional camera system, an autoclave, and a crash cart.   All equipment is calibrated annually and maintained professionally.

Clinical Trials
Our Team

Dr. Ted Lain
MD, MBA Board Certified Dermatologist

Dr Edward (Ted) Lain has been a primary investigator and site director since 2010. Dr Lain has specialized in dermatology-focused trials, with research experience in all the more common dermatologic conditions and diseases. Dr. Lain also runs two dermatology practices in the Austin area, and focuses on both cosmetic and medical dermatology. He specializes in minimally invasive cosmetic and laser procedures, and offers specialized medical care with superficial radiation therapy for skin cancers and excimer laser therapy for inflammatory conditions. Dr Lain is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of numerous national, state, and local medical and specialty societies.

Jennifer Jordan
PA-C, Physician Assistant

Jennifer Jordan, MS, PA-C is a Diplomate of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. With over 8 years of practicing in the field of Dermatology, Jennifer is one of only a few PAs to acheive the status of Diplomate, and is recognized as a leader amongst her peers.

Dr. Max Axler
M.D., F.A.A., F.P.

Dr. Maxwell Axler has joined the Austin Institute for Clinical Research having come from Houston where he was the Medical Director and Principal Investigator at a large clinical research site. Dr. Axler has had over 16 years of clinical research experience along with over 40 years of primary care practice experience. He became Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice in 1979 and is Board Certified as well by the American Board of Bariatric Medicine and the American Board of Quality Assurance & Utilization Review Physicians. He is a Fellow of The American Academy of Family Physicians. His clinical research experience as a Principal Investigator and Sub-Investigator has encompassed over 80 Phase I clinical trials and well over 200 Phase II, III and IV trials. He has worked with most of the major pharmaceutical companies in the United States as well a number in Great Britain and Europe and has also worked with numerous Institutional Review Boards and CRO’s on a wide variety of trials; many of the drugs and vaccines he has researched over the years are now approved and on the market and available to patients all over the world and are making a significant difference in their state of health and their lives in general.


I’m so glad I volunteered for the acne cream study. They helped me find the solutions to my acne problem.

John Smith
Acne Cream

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