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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Our Staff

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Alpa Patel, MD

Since 2008, Dr. Alpa Patel has been a team member at the Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research. Aside from her duties as a Clinical Investigator, she also works full time at Family Care Partners of Arlington.

Dr. Patel was born in London, but has called Florida her home for more than 20 years. She earned her Medical Degree from University of Florida and then she trained in Internal Medicine at Shands Hospital.  She is Board certified in Internal Medicine.

Although Dr. Patel is kept extremely busy by her medical practice and duties as a Clinical Investigator, she always makes time to raise awareness about clinical trials. Dr. Patel often hosts educational sessions at the clinic to shed light on what goes on in clinical trials and discuss new medications. However, her philanthropy knows no bounds as she has also been active in many community volunteer efforts including Habitat for Humanity, free health clinics and AIDS awareness education. In her downtime, she enjoys traveling, watching movies and sports, and spending time with her family.

Lateshia Taylor

Lateshia Taylor is a research assistant at the JCCR university office and has been a member of our research family for ten years. She loves to travel and try new outdoor adventures with her son, Shumbae. And when she says adventures, she’s talking zip-lining, camping and river-rafting. Her favorite sport is football and she is a Jaguars fan, but as the mom of a busy six-year-old, she also appreciates quiet time reading and the occasional pampering pedicure or massage. 

While she tells us that she doesn’t really have a favorite food, she does warn us that she will NOT eat peas or beans. She hates peas and beans. 

Lateshia admits that her guilty pleasure is messy reality TV, but since she just moved into a new house, we doubt that she’ll have much time to indulge in that for a while. She will be occupied with decorating and arranging her new space – making a home sweet home.

Congratulations on your new adventure Lateshia!

Gary Fusani

I graduated from UNF in 2010, and will soon begin my sixth year with the Encore Research Group! I’m a software developer; I design and program the systems our staff use every day to run clinical studies. I’ve helped create our website and management software, as well as a data capture system that has allowed us to work with local drug companies. I’m proud and grateful to manage our database of nearly 60,000 patients and do my part in advancing medical research.

I’m also part of a start-up company called Optimal Bagging, we won the technology category at One Spark three weeks ago for our design of the world’s fastest trash bag! It was a lot of fun, check us out at http://www.fastestbag.com/

Outside of work I enjoy training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and surfing. I love video games too, they were very influential in giving me an early interest in computers. I’m also a big fan of music and a decent guitar player. My friends and family are the most important to me and I spend a lot of time with them.

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Dr. Alpa Patel Talks About PAD

Dr. Alpa Patel Talks About PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease)
 
Dr. Alpa Patel has been an investigator with Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research since 2008.  Here she explains our new enrolling study for PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease).

“ We have a very exciting new study that will be enrolling for patients with PAD, also called peripheral arterial disease or peripheral vascular disease. This disease affects approximately 10 million people in the United States or about 150 million people worldwide.  It is a circulatory problem where the extremities – usually the legs – don’t receive enough blood flow. Many of the people experience pretty significant pain in their calves with walking.  Symptoms can include painful cramping in legs, numbness or weakness, coldness in lower leg or foot, hair loss and shiny skin on the legs, or weak pulses in the legs.  Peripheral arterial disease can progress to pain even at rest.  One’s quality of life is greatly reduced as a result of this pain.  Some of these people also develop chronic wounds that can progress to amputations.  It is a disorder that needs a better course of treatment.  Current standard of care therapy doesn’t work for everyone and not everyone is a subject to undergo invasive procedures. 

The new study involves a monoclonal antibody which works by reducing the inflammation in the vasculature of these patients, leading to better blood flow in their legs and increased capacity for exercise.  This can be critically significant from a quality of life aspect as they become more active and more mobile, improving their overall health.  

This new monoclonal antibody would be in addition to their current standard of care to treat diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia.  Many of these PAD patients have these risk factors and the current medications that they are on (statins, aspirin, Plavix, etc) would be continued.  The study medication would be given and we will monitor to see if there are improvements in their symptoms and their exercise tolerance.
 
We are very fortunate to have this product being studied at our site and we hope to bring relief to many of our patients who have PAD who have had procedures done or who have been on treatment and still remain symptomatic.  This may be another option to improve their symptoms as well as their functional exercise capacity. 

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