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.

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


Glaucoma

Glaucoma Research

 

If you have Glaucoma, 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!

Hot Flashes

Hot Flashes Research



If you have Hot Flashes, 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!





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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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Blindsided by Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a common eye disease that can gradually steal your vision. The term glaucoma refers to a collection of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. This damage can lead to permanent vision loss or even total blindness. Glaucoma is considered a major cause of blindness in the general population.  
A major concern is that glaucoma often presents no early symptoms but continues to cause gradual, un-reversable damage. In most cases, glaucoma is diagnosed in people who are older than 40 but can still develop at an earlier age. An estimated 3.54% of adults between 40 and 80 years have been diagnosed with some type of glaucoma. 

Causes Of Glaucoma
In most types of glaucoma, the eye’s drainage system becomes clogged so the intraocular fluid cannot drain. As the fluid builds up, it causes pressure to build inside the eye.  High pressure damages the sensitive optic nerve and results in vision loss.
  
People are more likely to develop glaucoma if they:
• Are over the age of 40
• Have a family history of glaucoma
• Have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or sickle cell anemia
• Are of African American, Irish, Russian, Japanese, Hispanic, Inuit, or Scandinavian descent
• Take certain steroid medications such as prednisone
• Have had an injury to your eye or eyes
• Have high eye pressure (ocular hypertension)
 
Current Treatments Available
Unfortunately, there is not currently a cure for glaucoma. However, there are several therapies that can help reduce eye pressure and the rate of damage to the optic nerve. Current approved treatment options for glaucoma include eyedrops, oral medications, laser surgery, or microsurgery.
 
Clinical Research Advancements
New clinical trials for glaucoma are focused on more innovative ways to treat the disease. Researchers are studying everything from electric current stimulation to slow release eye implants to help find relief for patients with glaucoma. 
You can help advance medical research by participating in a clinical trial! Contact any of our offices to see what clinical trials are enrolling today. 
 

References
https://www.aaojournal.org/article/S0161-6420(14)00433-3/abstract
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/glaucoma/symptoms-causes/syc-20372839
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4927811/

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