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.


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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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Emery Noles

Emery Noles is the VP of Networking and has been with ENCORE Research Group since 2002. She loves to spend time with her husband, her two children and golden retriever; especially while at the beach. During her trips to the beach, she loves to look for shark’s teeth to add to her collection, “once I get started looking for shark’s teeth, I can’t stop…it’s addicting!” Emery also collects wine corks, and for bottles on special occasions, she will write the event and date on the cork. 

Some of Emery’s other favorite things involve: reading, gardening and running. She also loves to watch Modern Family “I can relate to Claire on all accounts!”. When it comes to sports, her favorite teams are East Carolina Pirates and the Florida Gators. During the games you might find one of Emery’s favorite foods pizza or tacos on her dinner table, which are also foods the whole family loves!  

Sharon Smith

Sharon is the Vice President of Recruiting for all 8 sites in which we have over 70 enrolling studies. She is also a nurse, a diabetic educator, and a nutritional expert. She has two twin boys and now has two grandchildren! She is a competitive cyclist and landed on the podium at nationals last year. She is very active and stays fit by riding the bike and going to the gym. She has the sweetest golden lab doggo named Buckwheat who has visited the office a couple of times for hugs. Sharon eats a salad every single day and loves to cook new low carb recipes for her coworkers to try.

Amanda Pratt

Amanda is a research coordinator at JCCR and she is also a nurse. She recently got married, congrats! Her and her husband enjoy watching Netflix together, but they love to be outdoors more than anything. Her hobbies include hunting, fishing, and going to the beach. She loves to cook pasta and eat it too! She has two dogs, a rabbit, and seven chickens.

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What Are Triglycerides?

What Are Triglycerides?

Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in your blood.  You get them in two ways – from the food you eat and from what your liver makes.  Eating too many calories, especially from high carbohydrate foods, could lead to high triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia), as could certain medications.  High triglycerides could also be a sign of diabetes or thyroid problems, or be genetic.

Almost 1 in 3 Americans have high triglycerides.  When you have excess triglycerides, they are stored in the fat cells for later use.  When they are needed, your body releases them as fatty acids, which fuel body movement, create heat, and provide energy for the body processes.

A fasting blood test can tell where your triglyceride level falls.  For good health, your triglyceride level should be less than 150 mg/dL.  Borderline high levels are 150-199 mg/dL.  High is 200-499 mg/dL.   Very high is more than 500 mg/dL

Diet and Lifestyle Changes to reduce High Triglycerides
Consume less sugar and refined carbohydrates – limit white breads, white rice, white potatoes, sweetened beverages, sugary cereals, cakes and cookies.  Instead choose whole grain breads, quinoa or wild rice, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Aim for 30 grams of fiber a day.

Choose Healthy fats – use unsaturated fats such as olive and avocado oils.  Eat fish, poultry, less red meat, and enjoy some meatless meals. 

Limit your intake of alcohol – for some people drinking even a little bit can have a big effect on triglycerides. 

One of the best ways to lower triglycerides is with regular exercise.  Aim for an average of 40 minutes of moderate to high intensity exercise on 3 to 4 days a week.  Taking a brisk walk every day works for many people.

When Healthy Lifestyle Changes Are Not Enough
Your doctor may recommend medication to help lower your high triglycerides, such as nicotinic acid (niacin), fibrates, omega-3-fatty acids (fish oil) or statins.  There are also some new medications being developed that may not only lower your triglycerides, but reduce your risk of heart disease overall.  Many of our research sites are participating in these important clinical trials.  We invite you to contact one of our sites near you to see if you could benefit from one of these programs.

Lori Alexander, MSHS, RDN, CCRC, CLS, FNLA
Director, ENCORE Lipid Center of Excellence


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