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 2,500 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!


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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.

Amanda Elwood

At Encore Research Group we have many employees who work behind the scenes and never get to meet patients. Amanda Elwood is a prime example, as she is a Regulatory Specialist at our Jacksonville office handling regulatory compliance and lots of the paperwork it takes to get new studies started. She has been with us for two years now.

To say Amanda loves animals is an understatement, since she has three dogs and four cats. We have to agree with her when she says “It’s a lot of work, but the snuggling makes it worth it!”

Amanda was born in Puerto Rico and she loves Hispanic foods! Some of her favorites are tostones, empanadillas and picadillo.

She is obsessed with The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. She also collects postcards from all of the places she visits. She spent a summer studying abroad and collected postcards from Switzerland, Amsterdam, France, and Italy.

Michael J. Koren, MD, FACC, FAPCR, CPI

Michael J. Koren, MD, is a practicing cardiologist and Chief Executive Officer at Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research, which conducts clinical trials at 8 locations in Florida. He received his medical degree cum laude at Harvard Medical School, and and completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at NewYork Hospital/Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center/Cornell Medical Center.

Dr Koren is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is also a fellow and president of the Academy of Physicians in Clinical Research and the current president of the regional chapter of the American Heart Association. As a principal investigator, Dr Koren has conducted more than 500 clinical trials on hypercholesterolemia, cardiovascular disease, and heart failure.

Dr Koren’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation, New England Journal of Medicine, and The Lancet. He is an editorial board member of Clinical Cardiology. He has lectured nationally and internationally on topics such as lipid-lowering therapy and preventive cardiology.

 

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Preventing A Heart Attack

What causes a heart attack?
A heart attack (myocardial infarction) means that blood flow to the heart muscle has been decreased enough to cause damage to the heart muscle.  Some causes of blocked blood flow include blood clots, cholesterol build up, and rupture of plaque within the blood vessel.  For those who have already suffered a heart attack, it is important to reduce the risk of recurrent attacks. Research has shown that there are several steps that can be taken to help reduce the risk of recurrent heart attacks.  
 
Proven things you can do to prevent heart attacks
•Lower cholesterol  
•Lower triglycerides
•Lower blood pressure 
•Stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke
•Eat fish
•Increase physical activity as allowed by your doctor.  Inactive people have nearly twice the risk of heart disease as those who are active.
•Talk with your doctor about medicines that can decrease blood clotting
 
Medications that can reduce risk of heart attack
•Cholesterol lowering medication, which include statins and non-statins
•Triglyceride lowering medications
•Medications that decrease inflammation
 
Current research is underway to study improving health after a heart attack 
•Weight loss:  Heart attack is three times higher in those who are obese than in those who are lean.  
•New medications for those with unique cholesterol metabolizing problems.
•Anti-inflammatory medications targeting inflammation in blood vessels.
 
At ENCORE Research Group we have clinical research studies for many of the risk factors mentioned above. Participating in a research study can help keep you motivated on your journey to better health. If you are interested in participating in any of our research studies, call your local office today!
 
 


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