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.

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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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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 since 2014.

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.

Rebecca Simpson

Rebecca is the Marketing and Media specialist for all 8 ENCORE research sites. She has been with the company for 11 years (since 2008), starting as a medical assistant and working her way up to marketing. Rebecca has a lot of outdoor activities that she enjoys! She loves to stay active by fishing, hiking, traveling, and all things nature with her husband and son. She has a butterfly garden and a vegetable garden at her home to help her relax after a long day! She is a cat lover with a beautiful Bengal and Siamese. She also has a German Shepard named Zaylah with lots of energy! One of the awesome places she has traveled to is Bath in the UK where she visited The Jane Austen Centre to learn about her favorite author. She is always planning international trips with her husband. When she’s not out and about seeing the world, you can find her at home binge watching Star Wars or Doctor Who!

Sandy Salceiro

Sandy is the youngest member of the recruitment team. She is completing her Masters of Public Health at the University of South Florida. Her hobbies include hiking, traveling, and trying new foods. One time she hiked up the Upper Yosemite Falls and lost a toe nail! She plans on visiting two different countries every year! For her 25th birthday she is traveling to Amsterdam and Paris to see all the museums and monuments such as the Van Gogh museum. Her favorite foods are pasta, Lumpia, and meatball subs. And she has a new addition to her home – a blue merle Australian Shepherd that will encourage her to run more!

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What is Gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is the medical specialty concerned with the structure and function of the digestive tract (also called gastrointestinal [GI] tract).  Some symptoms that can indicate disease or dysfunction of the GI tract include nausea, vomiting, weight loss, heartburn, regurgitation, abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, rectal bleeding, constipation, and diarrhea.  Digestion of food and fluids is a very complex process, so persistent symptoms may require a gastroenterologist’s evaluation to determine the cause.  Knowing the cause of symptoms can then lead to proper treatment and control or management.
 
What’s the Difference between IBS and IBD?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS is a common GI disorder that can considerably reduce the quality of life.  It affects as many as 5%-20% of individuals worldwide.  It occurs more often in women than in men, and is more commonly diagnosed in patients younger than 50 years of age.  Symptoms range from diarrhea to constipation, or a combination of the two.  Abdominal pain or discomfort often exist alongside abdominal distension.
Diagnosis of IBS is made after obtaining a medical history, physical exam, and diagnostic testing to learn if any disease process is causing the symptoms. There is evidence to show that IBS can be a result of genetics, environment and social learning, dietary or intestinal microorganisms, low-grade inflammation and/or dysfunction of muscular movements, secretions and sensation. 
Many patients with IBS ignore their symptoms, believing they are a normal part of everyday life.  The good news is that with proper diagnosis, there are ways to treat or manage the symptoms. Don’t ignore persistent symptoms, there is help available.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
IBD is not the same as IBS, and understanding the difference is important for proper treatment.  The symptoms can be the same, but the problem causing the symptoms is very different. Inflammatory bowel disease includes Crohn’s Disease (CD) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC).  Crohn’s Disease can cause inflammation through the walls of the GI tract, and can affect any part of the GI tract.  Ulcerative Colitis commonly includes inflammation of the GI mucosa and is limited to the colon (large intestine). Recent research showed that some factors that can lead to IBD includes genetic susceptibility, environment, intestinal microorganisms, and immune responses. Medications are directed at treating the active inflammation, which can then decrease or control the symptoms.

Conclusion
Since symptoms of many GI disorders can be the same, a thorough medical history, physical exam, and proper diagnostic testing is crucial to obtaining a correct diagnosis and treatment. Open communication with your gastroenterologist and health care providers is essential to appropriate management and treatment.  Be sure to tell your doctor about symptoms that concern you and new problems that arise.  Do not hesitate to ask questions to ensure your understanding of your diagnosis and any treatment prescribed.  Being a partner in your health care can lead to a healthier, happier life!

Written By:
Julie Baker, RN
Resource: World Journal of Gastroenterology 

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