Welcome to St. Johns 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.

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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


Arthritis

Did You Know?
Osteoarthritis (OA) occurs when the protective cartilage between bones narrows and wears down. The most commonly affected joints are in the hands, knees, hips and spine. OA affects millions of people world-wide and is the leading cause of chronic disability in the U.S. 
Breakthrough new treatments may reduce symptoms and slow the progression of the disease! 
Call today to find out more about how research may provide relief for HIP or KNEE pain..
(904) 209-3173
 
 


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Lori Alexander

Lori is the site director for St. Johns Center for Clinical Research. She is also a registered dietitian and past president of the Jacksonville Dietetic Association. She is a founding member of the Florida Lipid Association and is currently serving as the President of the Southeast Lipid Association. 

Not only does Lori know a lot about lipids and lipid management, she is a national champion in Karate with a 4th degree black belt. Her expertise in martial arts also includes Taekwondo, Tai Chi and kickboxing. She is an avid outdoors-woman who enjoys hiking, biking, camping, and hang-gliding. 

Lori is a wine connoisseur and enjoys travelling to wine country as well as to visit family in Wisconsin and Minnesota. She and her husband have two young adult children who also live in the north Florida area.

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Breakthroughs in Heart Disease

Three New Breakthroughs in Heart Disease
 
Heart Disease is a general term for heart conditions that negatively impact the heart’s ability to perform its vital functions. On average 1 in 4 American deaths each year are due to heart disease.  Fortunately, each year new discoveries are made that allow us to treat heart disease more successfully.  Here are three of the latest discoveries.
 
1.Dialysis for Heart Failure?
One of the symptoms of heart failure is fluid retention, which can lead to kidney 
problems. Diuretics are currently the standard treatment for fluid retention, however there is a new treatment where a catheter in inserted through the neck so that it surrounds a major lymphatic vessel. The excess fluid is removed from the lymphatic system and then pumped back into the circulatory system where it is removed by the kidneys. This new treatment avoids some of the negative side effects of oral diuretics such as low blood pressure and decreased kidney function. 
 
2.Beta Blockers: Old dog, new tricks?
A new study at York University in Toronto has analyzed the effect of beta blockers on 
coronary gene expression in patients with heart failure. Researchers found that beta blockers “largely reverse the pathological pattern of gene expression observed in heart failure.” More research is needed to determine whether beta blockers can be used to protect against heart failure. 
 
3.Tick saliva saving lives?
While ticks are often the subject of nightmares researchers now believe they can lead to a dream solution for myocarditis, heart attack and stroke. Ticks use proteins called ‘evasins’ to escape their host’s detection by blocking the host’s inflammatory response.  Researchers are now isolating these evasins in a ‘bug to drug’ formula.  Hopefully these drugs will be able treat a variety of inflammatory diseases.  
 
At ENCORE Research Group we conduct cutting edge research similar to those seen above.  While we do not have any ‘bug to drug’ studies at this time, we do have a heart failure study involving a new use for an already FDA approved medication.  If you are interested in learning more about our current studies visit our “Active Studies” tab at the top of the page. 
 

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