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.

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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!


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 


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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.

Laura Little

Laura has been in the clinical research industry since 2003. She started with JCCR in 2008 and has juggled a variety of positions in the company.  At RCCR, Laura fills multiple roles including Lab Manager, Administrative Assistant and Research Assistant.  She makes sure we are slways well-stocked with office supplies and keeps us organized daily! Laura has been married to her sweetheart, Scotty, since 2001, she loves coffee and Chunk, her dog.

Cassie Lawler

Cassie is a RN Administrative Coordinator, and has worked at RCCR since 2017. Prior to coming to RCCR, she worked in cardiology research at Washington University in St. Louis and as a nurse in Family Medicine and Pediatrics in Georgia. She and her husband have 3 small children who keep them busy since they are all very close in age. She can’t start her day without a cup of coffee in hand, and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and binging on HGTV shows to gather more ideas for her handy husband to continue to fix up their older home!

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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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