Welcome to Nature Coast Clinical Research (Crystal River)


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


Glaucoma

DO YOU HAVE GLAUCOMA OR HIGH EYE PRESSURE IN BOTH EYES?

 

Physicians at Nature Coast Clinical Research are conducting a research study to evaluate an investigational medication in individuals with Glaucoma.
You may be eligible if:
·       You are at least 18 year old
·       You have not had eye surgery for glaucoma
 
All qualified participants will receive active treatment in both eyes and be closely monitored by study doctors. Study-related medication, eye exams and care for your high eye pressure will be provided at no cost to you. Plus you may receive additional compensation for time and travel.
 
For more information call:
 
(352) 563-1865
Or sign up below!

Ptosis

Ptosis Research
 

If you have Blepharoptosis, you may qualify for one of our studies.

Qualified volunteers may receive at no cost:
  • investigational medication
  • study-related care from a local doctor
  • possible compensation
Health insurance isn’t required to participate.
Ask your doctor or contact our clinic for more information
(352) 563-1865
Or sign up below!

**If this study doesn't work for you, check out our other STUDIES **





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Lisa Meyers

To look at her, you would probably not guess that Lisa Meyers and her husband have six active children ranging in age from 8 months to 13 years. You probably would presume that she is very busy and you would be correct. Her life away from Nature Coast Clinical Research - Crystal River is all about basketball, baseball, cheerleading, dance and football. 

Before coming to NCCR to work as a Research Assistant, Lisa worked in nursing and rehabilitation. She supports and encourages breastfeeding, babywearing, cloth diapering, and natural/home birthing and her hobbies include sewing, cooking and photography. One of her favorite food indulgences is dark chocolate with almonds, but we suspect that she may have to hide it!!

Nina Smith

Nina is probably one of the most active members of our Clinical Research family. On the weekends, she volunteers as a co- leader for a Girl Scout troop, enjoys going to her two daughters’, Abigail (10) and Gianna (5), soft ball games, and eats dinner with her parents and brother’s family on Sunday nights. When she is not selling thin mints, in charge of camping trips, or leading girl scout trips to theme parks, she enjoys wine tasting, collecting antiques, and rooting for the Gators. “I graduated from the University of Florida, therefore I will always be a gator fan, winning or losing, although I don’t know a lot about sports” she admits. 

During the week, she manages the office at Nature Coast Clinical Research, Crystal River location. Nina has been a member of our research family for 5 years and continues to be a valuable asset to the company. She has been working in the medical field since high school. Even when not at work, Nina enjoys being entertained by medicine and patient care. "I love to watch medical shows of any kind, anything from Grey’s Anatomy to Monsters Inside Me. I like to point out errors on the fictional medical shows."

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What is Gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is the medical specialty concerned with the structure and function of the digestive tract (also called gastrointestinal [GI] tract).  Some symptoms that can indicate disease or dysfunction of the GI tract include nausea, vomiting, weight loss, heartburn, regurgitation, abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, rectal bleeding, constipation, and diarrhea.  Digestion of food and fluids is a very complex process, so persistent symptoms may require a gastroenterologist’s evaluation to determine the cause.  Knowing the cause of symptoms can then lead to proper treatment and control or management.
 
What’s the Difference between IBS and IBD?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS is a common GI disorder that can considerably reduce the quality of life.  It affects as many as 5%-20% of individuals worldwide.  It occurs more often in women than in men, and is more commonly diagnosed in patients younger than 50 years of age.  Symptoms range from diarrhea to constipation, or a combination of the two.  Abdominal pain or discomfort often exist alongside abdominal distension.
Diagnosis of IBS is made after obtaining a medical history, physical exam, and diagnostic testing to learn if any disease process is causing the symptoms. There is evidence to show that IBS can be a result of genetics, environment and social learning, dietary or intestinal microorganisms, low-grade inflammation and/or dysfunction of muscular movements, secretions and sensation. 
Many patients with IBS ignore their symptoms, believing they are a normal part of everyday life.  The good news is that with proper diagnosis, there are ways to treat or manage the symptoms. Don’t ignore persistent symptoms, there is help available.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
IBD is not the same as IBS, and understanding the difference is important for proper treatment.  The symptoms can be the same, but the problem causing the symptoms is very different. Inflammatory bowel disease includes Crohn’s Disease (CD) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC).  Crohn’s Disease can cause inflammation through the walls of the GI tract, and can affect any part of the GI tract.  Ulcerative Colitis commonly includes inflammation of the GI mucosa and is limited to the colon (large intestine). Recent research showed that some factors that can lead to IBD includes genetic susceptibility, environment, intestinal microorganisms, and immune responses. Medications are directed at treating the active inflammation, which can then decrease or control the symptoms.

Conclusion
Since symptoms of many GI disorders can be the same, a thorough medical history, physical exam, and proper diagnostic testing is crucial to obtaining a correct diagnosis and treatment. Open communication with your gastroenterologist and health care providers is essential to appropriate management and treatment.  Be sure to tell your doctor about symptoms that concern you and new problems that arise.  Do not hesitate to ask questions to ensure your understanding of your diagnosis and any treatment prescribed.  Being a partner in your health care can lead to a healthier, happier life!

Written By:
Julie Baker, RN
Resource: World Journal of Gastroenterology 

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