Welcome to Fleming Island Center for 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 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.


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Clinical research is a process that gives back. Volunteers generate information that improves future health care outcomes for everyone.

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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!


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Cindy Buda

"I do my part by managing the Fleming Island Office of Encore Research." On a daily basis I work as a Research Nurse Manager of our Fleming Island site supporting the Physician Investigators and staff in conducting clinical trials being carried out in our office. I am an original "Cheese Head" born in Green Bay Wisconsin and transplanted to Central Florida at the age of 10. I moved to Jacksonville for college and made Jacksonville my home. My greatest accomplishment is my four children. I enjoy family, cycling, travel and fishing.

Dr. Mitchell Rothstein

Dr. Mitchell Rothstein is a Clinical Research Investigator at our Fleming Island research site and he has been with us for 5 years now. In February 2017, we are happy to say that Dr. Rothstein also became our new Phase 1 Medical Director at our Jacksonville University research site. We consider him an all-star at ENCORE Research Group, not only did he perform the first endobronchial stent in Jacksonville, but he also lettered in gymnastics in college. Which is probably why he handles working at two locations with ease.

In his free time, he collects animation art, especially the work of Chuck Jones, the famous Looney Tunes animator. Dr. Rothstein is a major sports fan. He loves watching mixed martial arts and is an Olympics sports addict. He is also a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the New York Mets and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, our minor-league baseball team in Jacksonville.

While Dr. Rothstein has some downtime, he enjoys eating, he calls himself a ‘happy carnivore’! Some of his favorite TV shows to watch are: Fargo, Billions, Jeopardy, and Snapped. All in all, we’re glad we have Dr. Rothstein as part of our ENCORE Research team and we’re excited to see what he accomplishes with us in the years to come. 

Candy O’Neill

If you haven’t met Candy O’Neill, you’ve probably at least spoken with her over the phone! Candy has been with the Encore Research Group since 2004. She does a fantastic job working at the Fleming Island office as a Recruitment Specialist. In the past, she also worked from the Jacksonville office as a Recruitment Specialist and as a Patient Coordinator.

Candy’s passion is crafting; anything from paper crafts to clay pots and even gardening. She loves to watch HGTV and often turns to it for inspiration. If you haven’t heard some of Candy’s stories, just stick around because she always has an interesting story to tell.

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Lipid Center of Excellence

ENCORE, now a nationally recognized research group, proudly announces the launching of the ENCORE Lipid Center of Excellence.  ENCORE stands for ENcouraging COmmunity Research and Education.  Our new Lipid Center extends our previous successes in this important area of public health.  Lipid problems account for a huge number of heart attacks, strokes and other vascular disease problems each year.

ENCORE CEO and Founder, Dr. Michael Koren, a cardiologist and renown researcher in the area of lipids, has had a long standing interest the treatment of challenging lipid disorders.  He will be leading the Center along with Lori Alexander, a Clinical Lipid Specialist and researcher who is very active with the National Lipid Association.  They both have been a part of ENCORE Research since its formation, and will be putting together resources to bring new lipid treatment studies to the Center.  Previous successes have involved major contributions in widely prescribed cholesterol drugs such as Lipitor and Crestor.

There are many exciting new medications currently being developed to treat conditions such as elevated lipoprotein (a), an important risk factor for heart disease, which will be conducted at the Lipid Center of Excellence.  These studies can offer an opportunity for the community to access cutting-edge treatments.  Join your fellow community members who have already derived educational and health awareness benefits from their participation in research studies.  Donna Toy, a wonderful, longstanding patient who has suffered many family losses from severe cholesterol problems may have said it best: “I have such peace of mind knowing that we can be helped in controlling our heart disease and learn more about our conditions with hands-on help.”

Patients can contact Sharon Smith at 904-730-0166 or Lori Alexander at 904-730-0101 for more information on the Lipid Center of Excellence.


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