Welcome to River City 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.

Programs Offer Resources or Pay

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


Herniated Disc (sciatica)

Herniated Lumbar Disc


Health insurance is not required to participate in our research studies.
Ask your doctor or contact our clinic for more information
(904) 861-3050 

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis


Health insurance is not required to participate in our research studies.
Ask your doctor or contact our clinic for more information
(904) 861-3050 





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Amber DeVries

Amber has been with ENCORE Research Group since 2007 and along the way she has acquired many hats. She is the site manager, a clinical research coordinator, the office party planner, and a birthday card making committee of one.

Amber graduated with a degree in biology from Jacksonville University. While there, she played on the women's soccer team, and between games she met her husband Kyle, who pitched for the JU baseball team. She still gets such a kick out of soccer that she is currently coaching a team of 5 year olds.

If you think Amber isn’t occupied enough at work and play, she also stays busy with two active sons and a toddler girl!

Walker Brock

Walker comes to River City from the West Coast. She is in love with her adopted kitten, Mia. Walker and her fiancé love to cook and find unique and delicious restaurants in Jacksonville – ask her for a recommendation! Walker enjoys yoga, bike rides, and plans to compete in a triathlon soon. She has been an RN since 2016 and joined our team from ICU nursing in May 2019.

Sonia Gerardo

Sonia has been employed with the Hospital Team TWICE! She started in 2000 and took a break in 2006 to raise her two young boys.  She missed us so much she returned in 2013 and has been keeping co-workers laughing with her fun personality ever since.  Sonia loves historical documentaries, reading, and cooking. Some fun facts about Sonia: she spent time in the Army and was one belt away from a black belt in karate earlier in her life.

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Blindsided by Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a common eye disease that can gradually steal your vision. The term glaucoma refers to a collection of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. This damage can lead to permanent vision loss or even total blindness. Glaucoma is considered a major cause of blindness in the general population.  
A major concern is that glaucoma often presents no early symptoms but continues to cause gradual, un-reversable damage. In most cases, glaucoma is diagnosed in people who are older than 40 but can still develop at an earlier age. An estimated 3.54% of adults between 40 and 80 years have been diagnosed with some type of glaucoma. 

Causes Of Glaucoma
In most types of glaucoma, the eye’s drainage system becomes clogged so the intraocular fluid cannot drain. As the fluid builds up, it causes pressure to build inside the eye.  High pressure damages the sensitive optic nerve and results in vision loss.
  
People are more likely to develop glaucoma if they:
• Are over the age of 40
• Have a family history of glaucoma
• Have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or sickle cell anemia
• Are of African American, Irish, Russian, Japanese, Hispanic, Inuit, or Scandinavian descent
• Take certain steroid medications such as prednisone
• Have had an injury to your eye or eyes
• Have high eye pressure (ocular hypertension)
 
Current Treatments Available
Unfortunately, there is not currently a cure for glaucoma. However, there are several therapies that can help reduce eye pressure and the rate of damage to the optic nerve. Current approved treatment options for glaucoma include eyedrops, oral medications, laser surgery, or microsurgery.
 
Clinical Research Advancements
New clinical trials for glaucoma are focused on more innovative ways to treat the disease. Researchers are studying everything from electric current stimulation to slow release eye implants to help find relief for patients with glaucoma. 
You can help advance medical research by participating in a clinical trial! Contact any of our offices to see what clinical trials are enrolling today. 
 

References
https://www.aaojournal.org/article/S0161-6420(14)00433-3/abstract
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/glaucoma/symptoms-causes/syc-20372839
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4927811/

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