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March 24, 2021
Colonoscopy Camera


    We are enrolling in a new clinical trial for colorectal cancer screening.  The purpose of this study is to assess a new investigational test for colorectal cancer detection.

    You may be eligible if you:

    • Are 40 years or older
    • Are eligible and willing to do a screening colonoscopy (through your own insurance or self-paid)

    There are additional criteria to meet to qualify for this study. Please contact us for any questions!

    For more information call

    (904) 693-1490
    Or sign up below!




      This research study is enrolling at:


      Westside Center for Clinical Research
      810 Lane Avenue South
      Jacksonville, FL 32205
      (904) 693-1490



      Learn More

      If you want us to contact you about our research studies call (904) 730-0166 or sign up below!


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      April 28, 2020
      NASH Fatty Liver


      If you have Fatty Liver, NASH or NAFLD, you may qualify for one of our studies.

      Qualified volunteers may receive at no cost:

      • investigational medication
      • study-related care from a local doctor
      • possible compensation
      Health insurance isn’t required to participate.
      Ask your doctor or contact our clinic for more information.


      • What is NASH? A Silent Liver Disease…
      What is NASH? A Silent Liver Disease…

      The liver is the second largest organ in the body.  Its function is to process everything we eat or drink and filter out any harmful substances from the blood.  When there is too much fat in one’s liver, the filtration process is interrupted and can become a health problem.

      It is estimated that 25% of the world has Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), a precursor to NASH or Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis.  NASH is associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. It is now the most common liver disorder in the United States and the number one reason for liver transplants.

      Starting as Fatty Liver Disease and then progressing to NASH, the buildup of fat in the liver can lead to inflammation of the liver and liver cell damage.   Progression of NASH leads to fibrosis or stiffening of the liver and cirrhosis or scarring of the liver. NAFLD and NASH are both silent diseases with few symptoms even if the diseases progress to cirrhosis.

      Physicians can monitor liver function blood tests as well as abdominal ultrasounds and liver Fibroscans to determine if you are at risk of developing NAFLD and NASH. However, the only way to definitely determine of you have NASH is to perform a liver biopsy.

      The most common treatment for fatty liver disease is weight loss to reduce the fat in the liver. It is estimated that losing up to 3 to 5% of your body weight can help reduce the fat in the liver. Losing 10% of body weight may help reduce inflammation and even fibrosis in the liver. Currently, there are no medications which have been approved to treat fatty liver disease; however, many are in late stage development with promising results.

      To learn more about current clinical trial opportunities for fatty liver disease and NASH, please contact us.



      Fatty Liver, NASH or NAFLD research is enrolling at:


      Nature Coast Clinical Research – Inverness
      411 West Highland Boulevard
      Inverness, FL 34452
      (352) 341-2100



      Westside Center for Clinical Research
      810 Lane Avenue South
      Jacksonville, FL 32205
      (904) 693-1490



      Learn More

      If you want us to contact you about our research studies call (904) 730-0166 or sign up below!


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      April 28, 2020


        If you are a healthy volunteer interested in research, you may qualify for one of our studies.
        Healthy Volunteer Study Opportunities:
        • Vaccine Studies
        Qualified volunteers may receive at no cost:
        • investigational medication
        • study-related care from a local doctor
        • possible compensation
        Health insurance isn’t required to participate.
        Ask your doctor or contact our clinic for more information
        (904) 730-0166
        Or sign up below!


        Healthy research is enrolling at:


        Fleming Island Center for Clinical Research
        1679 Eagle Harbor Parkway
        Suite D, 2nd Floor Fleming Island, FL 32003
        (904) 621-0390



        Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research
        4085 University Blvd., South
        Suite 1
        Jacksonville, FL 32216
        (904) 730-0166



        Nature Coast Clinical Research
        6122 West Corporate Oaks Drive
        Crystal River, FL 34429
        (352) 861-1865



        Westside Center for Clinical Research
        810 Lane Avenue South
        Jacksonville, FL 32205
        (904) 693-1490



        Learn More

        If you want us to contact you about our research studies call (904) 730-0166 or sign up below!


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        January 30, 2020
        cholesterol

        If you or someone you know has High Cholesterol, call us today! We have research studies enrolling now.

        No cost, and no health insurance is required to participate.
        Ask your doctor or contact our clinic for more information.

        For more information call:
        (904) 730-0166
        Or sign up below!


        Informational Article:

        • PCSK9: The Real Problem Behind Cholesterol
        PCSK9: The Real Problem Behind Cholesterol

        Cholesterol has earned a bad reputation over the years. However, it is required by every part of your body for day to day functions. In fact, cholesterol is so important to daily function, that every cell in the body can make cholesterol from basic materials, except your eyelashes! So how do you reconcile these two completely different ideas? The cholesterol that circulates in your blood stream is the extra stuff that your body is trying to get rid of. This extra cholesterol is what can cause damage to arteries, heart disease, and increase your risk for stroke.

        So, what is cholesterol? It is a type of waxy, fat-like substance, also called a lipid.  Since cholesterol is a fat, it can’t travel alone in the bloodstream. It would end up as useless globs (imagine bacon fat floating in a pot of water). To get around this problem, the body packages cholesterol and other lipids into minuscule protein-covered particles that mix easily with blood. These tiny particles, called lipoproteins (lipid plus protein), move cholesterol and other fats throughout the body.1

        LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is considered the “bad”, unhealthy cholesterol that can build up in the arteries and form deposits called plaques.

        HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is the “good”, healthy kind of cholesterol that transports excess LDL cholesterol to the liver to be removed from the body.

        PCSK9 is a protein in our body that regulates the circulating levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol.  Decreasing the PCSK9 proteins in the body will reduce LDL levels and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

        There are currently two FDA approved medications that have been very successful in blocking the PCSK9 protein once it has been made.  They are Repatha and Praluent.  However, the medications are expensive and not approved for all patients under their insurance.

        Scientists believe it would be even more powerful to prevent the PCSK9 protein from being made in the first place. Currently being studied are a new class of molecules called antisense oligonucleotides (ASO).  ASOs are pieces of DNA that short-circuit the production of PCSK9, resulting in reduced LDL levels and associated risks.

        When you participate in a clinical research study, you gain access to these types of cutting-edge therapies at no cost and before the general population. Contact us to schedule a free consultation to see if you qualify for one of our clinical research studies. If you qualify for one of our clinical trials, your health will be closely monitored by our team of expert medical professionals throughout the trial.

        Reference:

        1. https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/how-its-made-cholesterol-production-in-your-body


        Cholesterol research is enrolling at:


        Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research
        4085 University Blvd., South
        Suite 1
        Jacksonville, FL 32216
        (904) 730-0166



        Nature Coast Clinical Research – Crystal River
        6122 West Corporate Oaks Drive
        Crystal River, FL 34429
        (352) 861-1865



        Nature Coast Clinical Research – Inverness
        411 West Highland Boulevard
        Inverness, FL 34452
        (352) 341-2100



        St. Johns Center for Clinical Research
        100 Whetstone Place,
        Suites 300 – 301,
        St. Augustine, FL 32086

        (904) 209-0043



        Westside Center for Clinical Research
        810 Lane Avenue South
        Jacksonville, FL 32205
        (904) 693-1490



        Learn More

        If you want us to contact you about our research studies call (904) 730-0166 or sign up below!


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        January 30, 2020
        Lipoprotein(a) - Lp(a)


          Qualified volunteers may receive at no cost:
          • investigational medication
          • study-related care from a local doctor
          • possible compensation
          Health insurance isn’t required to participate.
          Ask your doctor or contact our clinic for more information
          (904) 730-0166
          Or sign up below!

          Informational Article:

          • Normal Cholesterol Numbers Aren’t Enough?
          Normal Cholesterol Numbers Aren’t Enough?

          You may know that having normal cholesterol levels in your blood are important for helping prevent heart attacks and strokes.  But you may not know that there is another factor in your blood work that can be just as important!  It’s a blood test you can request, and the result will tell you if it’s important for you.

          Lipoprotein(a) is a particle in your blood which carries cholesterol, fats, and proteins. The amount your body makes is inherited and determined by the time you are born.  It does not change very much during your life and is not affected by diet or exercise.

          Lipoprotein(a) is also known as Lp(a), L-p-a, Lipoprotein-little-a, and L-p-little-a.  Some cholesterol and Lp(a) in your blood is normal.  A high level of LDL, the bad cholesterol, increases your risk for heart attack or stroke. High levels of Lp(a) also increase your risk, even if your cholesterol numbers are normal!  About 20 percent of people, or 1 in 5, have high levels of Lp(a). This blood test is not done as part of your usual blood testing but can be requested.

          Here are some reasons an Lp(a) blood test may be important for you: 

          •  Having high levels of LDL, even while taking medicine to treat it.
          • You or a family member have had a heart attack or stroke at an early age, men younger than 55 years old and women less than 65 years old.
          • You or a family member developed high blood pressure at an early age.
          • A family member has high Lp(a). If an adult has high Lp(a), their children have a 1 in 2 chance of inheriting it.
          • Having FH, Familial Hypercholesterolemia, an inherited condition of very high cholesterol levels.

          Get tested, ask your nurse or doctor if you have questions.

          • Join a clinical trial.  Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research currently has an enrolling study, call 904-730-0166 for more information. If you are eligible for this study, Lp(a) testing is provided at no cost to you.
          • Ask your Doctor to order the lab test. Several labs perform it:
            • Cleveland Heart Lab / Quest
            • HDL labs
            • Boston Heart Diagnostics

          Be aware of your personal risks.

          Reach healthy goals for your cholesterol results with dietary choices, exercise, and medication if needed.

          Stay healthy, stay active, exercise, eat naturally, have fun, love, laugh!

          Written by: Julia Baker, RN, adapted from a presentation by Albert Lopez, MD



          This research study is enrolling at:


          <Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research
          4085 University Blvd., South
          Suite 1
          Jacksonville, FL 32216
          (904) 730-0166



          Westside Center for Clinical Research
          810 Lane Avenue South
          Jacksonville, FL 32205

          (904) 693-1490



          Learn More

          If you want us to contact you about our research studies call (904) 730-0166 or sign up below!


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          December 8, 2019
          Migraine Clinical Research


            If you or someone you know has Migraine Headaches, call us today! We have research studies enrolling now.

            No cost, and no health insurance is required to participate.
            Ask your doctor or contact our clinic for more information.

            For more information call

            (904) 730-0166

            Or sign up our office will call you!



            Migraine research is enrolling at:


            Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research
            4085 University Blvd., South
            Suite 1
            Jacksonville, FL 32216
            (904) 730-0166



            Westside Center for Clinical Research
            810 Lane Avenue South
            Jacksonville, FL 32205
            (904) 693-1490



            Learn More

            If you want us to contact you about our research studies call (904) 730-0166 or sign up below!