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


We are conducting a new research study for individuals who have a lumbar disc herniation. The research study involves one single injection of an investigational medication. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness, safety, and tolerability of the new investigational medication.

To qualify volunteers must:

  •        Be 30 to 70 years old
  •        Have a lumbar disc herniation 

There are additional criteria to meet to qualify for this study. Volunteers who qualify for our study will receive study related medication and medical exams at no cost, as well as reimbursement for time and travel. No health insurance is required to participate.

For more information call
(904) 861-3050
Or sign up below and our office will call you!

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 
Or sign up below!





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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.

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.

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!

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Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis


More than just diarrhea…


Inflammatory Bowel Diseases include Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. These diseases cause inflammation in the digestive tract.  Both diseases can have similar symptoms such as diarrhea, urgency, abdominal pain and cramping, fatigue, and rectal bleeding.


What’s the difference between Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis?

Crohn’s Disease can cause inflammation anywhere in the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus.  Ulcerative Colitis (UC) affects only the colon (also known as large intestine or large bowel). UC causes ulcers along with the inflammation and puts those affected at a higher risk of developing colon cancer.


What causes Ulcerative Colitis?

Physicians used to believe that stress and diet choices caused ulcerative colitis. Physicians now believe that UC was already present, and can be aggravated by these factors.
Research has shown that the immune system plays a role in developing Ulcerative Colitis.


My own immune system is giving me this disease?

There is no clear cause of UC.  Medical science shows that an overactive immune system may be to blame. This can lead to continuous inflammation of the colon, and Ulcerative Colitis.
Many of the medicines currently prescribed to treat UC suppress (decrease the activity of) the immune system.


Is there a cure?

There is currently no medical cure for UC.  Medical treatment is available to help manage it. American hospitals experience 500,000 visits per year and 46,000 hospitalizations for Ulcerative Colitis. In severe cases, surgical removal of the colon does cure ulcerative colitis.


The Good News

New medicines are now being studied with ENCORE Research to find a cure for UC.  Please call for more information, or to schedule an evaluation to see if this is an option for you.


We look forward to talking with you!



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