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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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."

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!!

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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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