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


Statin Intolerance

Statin Intolerance Research Study


We are seeking volunteers for a research study to evaluate an investigational medication for individuals unable to take medications called statins without side effects. 

You may be eligible if:

  • You are at least 18 years old
  • You are statin intolerant  

There are additional study requirements to qualify for participation.

Participants who qualify will receive study related medication and medical exams at no cost. Qualified participants will receive compensation for time and travel.  

For more information call:
(904)730-0166


**If this study doesn't work for you, check out our other STUDIES **

Memory Screening

Why Did I Walk In This Room?

How often do we find ourselves asking this frustrating question?  First, we begin to worry that there may be something going on with our memory.  Then, we wonder who can help us. This is what motivated JCCR’s CEO, Michael Koren, M.D. to begin the process of developing our Memory Program. The program was designed to offer people 50 years old or older an opportunity to be evaluated and tested in a comfortable, private setting.
The visit involves an assessment of your medical history and medications, discussing any concerns, and a verbal memory test.  If you are interested in a confidential memory screening, please call our Jacksonville office (JCCR) at 730-0166. Come in and let us put your mind at ease.
 Or sign up below!
 

**If this program doesn't work for you, check out our other STUDIES **





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Alex Hill

Since Spring of 2013, Alex has been a wonderful addition to our research family. He has been a Research Assistant at two Encore Research sites; starting at Fleming Island Center for Clinical Research and currently at Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research (University Blvd).

Alex is a man of many hobbies, some of which include: plant breeding "Nepeta cataria citriodora" (Citrus Cat Nip), lampworking, bead making, cycling, and gardening. In fact, Alex's garden is called Eir and is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and he has formed an LLC (Limited Liability Company) named Lyfberg which is Icelandic for "Healing Hill" which will take his gardening hobby to a professional level.

When Alex is not busy with all of those hobbies, he may be seen collecting heirloom seeds, millefiori glass (Italian for "thousand flowers"), or pokemon cards. His favorite food is a cheeseburger, even a veggie burger, and he is currently working on a recipe for a veggie burger with mostly beans, seeds, and rice.

If you noticed Alex's photo, you might have guessed that his favorite football team is the Jaguars. He also enjoys The Flash comic and TV show. His favorite video game is Halo and card game is pokemon (Gotta Catch 'Em All!) 

Julie Baker

Julie Baker - Registered Nurse and a Clinical Research Coordinator at Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research (JCCR).

My husband was transferred to Jacksonville in 1993, at the same time our CEO Dr. Koren happened to be looking for a research nurse.  We moved from Pensacola, where I had worked for physicians for 10 years.  My favorite part of that job was coordinating clinical research.  So I was excited to have the chance to do research fulltime in Jacksonville.  Little did I know that I had found the best job in Jacksonville!  I was the first person hired fulltime for Dr. Koren’s research team.  It has been a privilege to be a part of the growth of JCCR, doing such important work with such great people! 

I’ve been married to my die hard Cubs fan for 40 years, and we still are each other’s favorite person to be with!  We both love exploring new places, especially our wonderful National Parks.   We are known for planning our travels a year or more in advance! 

After living near the Gulf Coast for 13 years, and in Jacksonville for 24 years, we are spoiled by our fabulous seafood.  We considered moving to the mountains when we retire, but would miss the seafood too much.  So we found our forever house in Jacksonville.  We decided Jacksonville is a great home base, and we can travel anywhere from here.

As a nurse, patient education and safety have always been important to me.  Since JCCR shares the same values, this career has been a terrific fit for me for 24 years. 

Dianne Gregory

This month we are highlighting one of our outstanding team leaders, Dianne Gregory.  As the manager of the Memorial Hospital Division of ENCORE Research Dianne has been consistently setting the bar for excellence for the past 7 years.  While Dianne currently resides in Jacksonville, FL, she grew up in the Midwest as part of a large family.  She was raised playing a plethora of outdoor sports with her sister, three brothers, and other neighborhood children.  However, Dianne truly found her passion when she started gymnastics.  She says that back handsprings and aerials kept her busy until adulthood!

In her adulthood when Dianne is not hard at work at the hospital she enjoys many hobbies such as horseback riding, camping, and cycling.  Although she is very active, Dianne also enjoys leisurely activities such as cooking and reading.  In fact, her ideal vacation would be enjoying a good book up in the mountains!  When asked about some of her most memorable vacations Dianne recalls learning to ski in 2010 (making it back in one piece we might add) and reeling in an enormous sailfish in Costa Rica!  While Dianne has surely accomplished a great deal more than most already, her bucket list includes getting a children’s book published, road tripping across the continental US and biking across Holland during the April tulip blooms.   We want to thank Dianne for her hard work and let her know we love working with such an interesting and professional team leader!

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I can’t take my statin, what now?

If you have high cholesterol you may dread going to your doctor, especially if they are going to complete a cholesterol blood test. You know they prescribed a statin, but the muscle cramping you experience after taking it just isn’t worth it. How do you tell your doctor that the medication they prescribed just isn’t working for you? You are not alone, and there are options available for you.

We all know that having excess cholesterol in our blood is a bad thing, but why is it so bad? High cholesterol has often been called ‘The Silent Killer’. In fact, according to the CDC heart disease is responsible for 1 in 4 American deaths every year.[1] High cholesterol is known to cause plaque formation on the walls of arteries, constricting blood flow to vital organs in your body. Even worse, cholesterol plaques can become dislodged from the walls of the arteries potentially causing blood clots. Both heart attacks and strokes can be caused by plaques reaching the heart or brain respectively. If lifestyle changes such as a good diet and exercise can’t bring down your cholesterol numbers, you may need a medication. The most common cholesterol lowering medications to date are statins such as Crestor, Lipitor, or Zocor.  These medicines have been life saving for many people that can tolerate them. However, some people are intolerant to statins and will experience side effects such as painful muscle cramps, inflammation and more.

If you are allergic to or can’t handle statins what can you do? It is crucial to keep your cholesterol levels down, lowering your risk for a heart attack and stroke. You may try one of the medications already on the market for people with statin intolerance such as Zetia, Juxtapid and Repetha. However, each of these drugs have their own risks. Zetia can cause symptoms similar to those caused by statins. Juxtapid, a newer medication, has been found to significantly reduce LDL bad cholesterol by 40-50%.  Sadly, it also caused diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain in 28% of patients.[2] In 2015 the FDA approved Repatha, a new class of drug called a PCSK9 inhibitor that is very successful in lowering LDL.  Unfortunately, due to the cost of development and production the annual cost is around $14,000 dollars making it unaffordable for most people. 

If you’ve had trouble taking statins in the past you may be asking “what do I do now”? Many of our participants are looking for alternative treatments or want to be part of cutting edge research. I encourage you to check out the cholesterol research studies we are conducting at many of our research centers. You may qualify for a new oral medication or to receive PCSK9 in an upcoming study! The medicines being researched for people who cannot take statins may significantly alter the future of cardiovascular disease.  We need your help to bring these new medications to market!



[1] "Heart Disease Fact Sheet." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 June 2016. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.

[2] Orrange, Sharon, MD. "Finally, a Non-Statin Cholesterol Medication That Works: Introducing Juxtapid." The GoodRx Prescription Savings Blog. N.p., 06 June 2014. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.


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