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 1,000 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

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!

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!

**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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I Didn’t Qualify, What’s Next?

At ENCORE Research Group it is our mission to help every patient that walks through our doors qualify for the clinical trial of their choice. Often times we get to experience the thrill of telling our patients that they successfully qualified and will soon enroll in the study. However, this is not always the case and we understand our patients’ frustration when they decide to commit to a trial only to later find out that they do not qualify. Here at ENCORE Research Group we were curious how this situation affected their thoughts about applying for future studies. This month, curiosity got the best of us and we reached out to some of our community members to find out!
 
Thomas recently came to Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research (JCCR) to have an evaluation for a high triglyceride and weight loss study.  Fortunately for Thomas, he was not eligible for the trial because his triglyceride level was too low.  Thomas stated “it’s good that I am healthy enough not to be in this research study.  But they are looking at another study that I may be interested in.” As you can see, Thomas was not discouraged that he did not qualify, but optimistic that he may qualify for a different study.
 
We also reached out to Latasha, who is new to research, and may qualify for a study that has a waiting list for interested participants.  When discussing with her how some patients are not eligible to join a trial, she stated “I would want to know why I did not qualify, but that would not prevent me from trying to get in another trial.” Fortunately for Latasha and all of our participants, ENCORE Research Group is very transparent about the screening process and explains exactly why they may have been ineligible. Hopefully she will receive a spot in the study she applied for! 
 
Mark was passionate about participating in a Sjogren’s research trial but did not qualify.  He said “it’s not unusual for someone with Sjogren’s Disease not to qualify for studies with systemic therapies if they do not have the antibodies. But when you’re sick, your driving force is to get better for yourself and your family.  I tried the conventional way but it did not work for me.”  After doing more research on the specific clinical trial, Mark decided to pursue the FDA Expanded Access program. “It’s a relatively new program to help people get access to new medications.” Fortunately for Mark, he had the resources and insight to look into alternative treatment options.
 
We also asked an experienced researcher how she saw things. Linda Gray, site manager of the Nature Coast Clinical Research site in Inverness, Florida, has many gastrointestinal (GI) studies currently enrolling.  Linda acknowledges that “some of our patients are not eligible for a study because they have mild disease, and the sponsors are looking for moderate to severe disease.  If the disease is not measurable enough for objective data, we will not be able to tell if we’ve reversed it or slowed the progression.  Our NASH studies include a liver biopsy to determine the extent of the disease to see if the patient is eligible.” It is unfortunate that this can limit access to drugs for those in need, but we have to believe that obtaining clear and objective data will help a greater number of people in the future.
 
The reality is, every clinical trial is different and has unique qualifying criteria. The pharmaceutical companies that sponsor clinical trials create the criteria in order to make the strongest case possible to the FDA on the drug’s safety and efficacy. While we would love to involve every one of our community members that are interested, it is just not always possible. The good news is that all seven of our research sites are always getting new clinical trials to enroll in! So, just because you didn’t qualify the first time doesn’t mean you won’t qualify for the next one! We look forward to working with you in the ENCORE community.
 

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