Dr. Michael Koren, a practicing cardiologist, and CEO of Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research, is proud to have enrolled 1500+ people from our community in the COVID-19 vaccine studies. Novavax, Pfizer, and Moderna vaccine trials were instrumental bringing an end to the pandemic.
Dr. Koren is a lover of music and has seen some of his fellow musicians out of work due to the restrictions during the COVID pandemic.
His close friend and local Jacksonville musician, Mark Williams, said that for almost two years he did not work in any venues. He and his wife rely on gigs for their livelihood. As a well-known band here on the First Coast, he was playing several venues a month. That all came crashing down when the pandemic started. Mark said “it’s been tough both financially and emotionally not being able to play at venues. More importantly, not having the social interaction and creativity that comes from playing to audiences and with other musicians”. Mark stressed that the research and vaccines help us to prevent future outbreaks and allow us to come together as a community again. He is well aware that without the COVID trials he would not be playing at venues or with other musicians.
To celebrate the Jacksonville community and our local musicians, Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research is hosting a free event for the general public. All are welcome! We hope this will be the first of many concerts here in Jacksonville that support our local musicians and help raise awareness around clinical research and its importance for medical advancements.
Rockin’ 4 Research is a free event that will take place on Friday July 22nd 4pm – 7pm at Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research, 4085 University Blvd S. 32216. Live music by Blue Horse, free food, and free health screenings will be on site.