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 
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Shannon Schultenover

Shannon Schultenover works at the River City Clinical Research branch of Encore Research Group.  She has been with the Encore Research community for one and a half years now and is currently a Coordinator in Training and phlebotomist.

Shannon loves to spend time with her son. Together they enjoy arts and crafts and playing superheroes. Shannon also loves to run and play her favorite sport, soccer.  Speaking of sports, Shannon is an avid Chicago fan. She loves all of the Chicago teams and cheers for the Bears, Cubs, Blackhawks and Fire.

Shannon may be an expert on superheroes and villains, but now it’s time to start buffing up on her Disney princesses. She and her husband are expecting their second child this coming January 2017 and IT’S A GIRL!

 

Emery Noles

Emery Noles is the Site Manager at River City Clinical Research 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!  

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Why Are English Sailors Called Limeys?

On a sailing ship in 1747, twelve sailors who had begun the voyage feeling fine were overcome with fatigue.  Their gums were swollen and sore, making it difficult to eat.  Their teeth were falling out.  Their legs were swollen and purple from bruising.  

Dr. James Lind was a passenger on that ship, and he set out to find the cause.  He set up what may have been the first clinical nutrition experiment.  He decided on six groups of treatments, 2 sailors in each group: 

1. drank one quart of cider a day
2. gargled with sulfuric acid
3. had two spoonfuls of vinegar, 3 times a day
4. drank ½ pint seawater a day
5. drank barley water
6. ate two oranges and 1 lemon a day

Within six days, the sailors who ate the oranges and lemon felt better, and were able to work again.  The other sailors in the experiment felt worse.  The ill sailors were suffering from a lack of vitamin C, now known as Scurvy. They had plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables when they first set out on the voyage.  But fresh foods ran out on the long voyage, and they suffered symptoms from this lack. After this finding, sailors often brought lime juice aboard ship because it could be stored longer. This is how sailors earned the nickname “limey”.

1747 was well before the requirement of informed consent of the patient, detailed eligibility criteria, protocols and regulations, which are a foundation of today’s clinical research.  Nevertheless, it is an interesting example of a method of discovering the best treatment for a disabling condition.  

Scientific minds are still seeking solutions for medical problems.  Modern clinical research is strictly regulated for the safety and well-being of the research volunteer.  Great progress has been made in medical science over the last decades.  This progress could not happen without dedicated volunteers. Participation in clinical trials can be a rewarding endeavor for both investigators and volunteers alike.

Written by Julia Baker, RN, CCRC

Resources:  
https://askabiologist.asu.edu
https://www.umass.edu/nibble/infofile/limey.html
 
 

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