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Welcome to Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research

Clinical trials move medicine forward. Sponsors, such as pharmaceutical companies, governments and foundations fund medical research. Patients who participate in clinical research receive many advantages including treatment at no cost, access to expertise and resources such as expensive tests. Research volunteers shape the future and can have fun while helping others and themselves.


As a premier clinical research organization, we have conducted more than 1,000 clinical trials over 20 years and have worldwide recognition for providing patients access to cutting edge medical research. If you have a medical issue and want a research solution, or if you are a healthy volunteer, come visit our center and learn more. One of our experts will be happy to evaluate you.

Shape the Future

Clinical research is a process that gives back. Volunteers generate information that improves future health care outcomes for everyone.                        

Find relief with new treatments

Volunteers join research to seek relief from affliction and to better understand their conditions with support from our caring team.

Programs Offer Resources or Pay

Study participants receive medical tests, services, counseling and treatment at no charge. These measures may be unavailable to the general public!

We do research in many areas

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Research
Worried About Your Memory?
If you or someone you know is concerned about memory loss or Alzheimer's disease, you may be eligible for a clinical study called ENGAGE.
The ENGAGE study will assess they safety and potential efficacy of an investigational medication to determine whether it can slow the progression of symptoms in early Alzheimer's disease, such as memory loss.
In order to qualify you must:
  • be between 50-85 years of age
  • be experiencing symptoms that might be related to early Alzheimer's disease, such as problems with memory or thinking clearly
Additional eligibility requirements can be found by searching clinicaltrials.gov
Qualified participants will receive all study-related care and medication at no cost. Compensation may be provided for time and travel. Health insurance is not needed.
To learn more call:

Diabetes and High Cholesterol

Do You Have Diabetes and HIGH CHOLESTEROL?
Seeking volunteers for a research study to evaluate an investigational medication in individuals with diabetes and high cholesterol.
There are additional study requirements to qualify for participation. 
Qualified participants will receive study‐related medication and study‐related medical exams at no cost. Qualified participants will receive compensation for time and travel. No insurance is required. 
For more information call:
(904) 730-0166

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We've worked with over 54,000 volunteers to advance medicine.
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Joy Viau

I do my part for the Encore Research community by doing what I can every day to make the Encore site family the best research network in the country. As chief financial officer, I manage the Encore treasury and provide support to all the “villagers” in our corporate community. 

I grew up in rural Virginia and married a sailor. After 17 moves in 30 years, we settled our family here in Jacksonville. I went to eight different universities during our many Navy duty stations and finally graduated from the University of North Florida. I have two beautiful daughters and a wonderful dance partner who loves to travel as much as I do. I also love dancing, creating paper art, reading, listening to music, and hiking anywhere. My favorite sports teams are the Jacksonville Suns, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins. I’ve rarely met a food I didn’t like.

Richard Smith

“I was first expelled from school during my middle school years” is how Richard begins his autobiography. He is full of humor and brings a smile to all who work with him in Phase 1. 

Richard grew up south of Indianapolis, taking his first EMT class at 18, before he was even old enough to be certified. He then went to paramedic school and worked for a hospital based ambulance service in the Indy area. He was an instructor for the paramedic courses while being a flight paramedic for 2 years. After some of his family moved to Florida, Richard made the big move south stating part of the draw was “drive thru liquor stores and very affordable junior college.” He attended nursing school at FCCJ (now FSCJ) and worked at both Baptist Beaches then UF Shands continuing with his interest in emergency and trauma departments. At UF Shands, he became involved in some cardiology research and realized his new passion for clinical trials. He joined the JCCR family in 2014 in Phase 1 and is now the lead research coordinator for “Hotel JCCR”. 

In his rare quiet time, Richard enjoys puppy dogs, walks on the beach, and loves time with his 5 year old grandson! He is an aspiring writer, working on a novel about crime fiction. “I am living the crime fiction now and then will write about it.” He used to be quite the gym rat, usually conquering 2 sets of 1 and drinking water out of a gallon jug. “But then they dropped the chalk. So I don’t go anymore. You gotta chalk up!”

Jessica Sastre

Jessica works at Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research as a Regulatory Specialist. She has two Bachelor’s Degrees: Psychology and English as well as a Master’s Degree in General Psychology. During her studies, she got to spend a semester abroad in Spain in 2008. While in Spain, she started her post card collection, which has grown to about 40 postcards, all from places she has visited.

Jessica has a second job working at University of North Florida in the Theater, where she has managed lights, sound, stage and all things in between for 11 years now. If she isn’t at work, then she is probably at church, where she is passionate about serving. She volunteers on the tech team, children’s ministry, youth, and young professionals group. 

When not working or volunteering, Jessica enjoys reading, hiking, and trying new foods, though nothing out-ranks her favorite, macaroni and cheese. She loves Doctor Who and disaster movies like The Day After Tomorrow. She can answer any question about Disney. She hopes one day to own fainting goats that she can put in sweaters.

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