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Doing my part 

a message from Susan N. Greco, MD

After 15 years of conducting clinical research trials, I’ve seen many investigational therapies come and go.  Some have gone on to become household names, and others have fizzled out for various reasons.  I’m a big believer in the clinical trial process, and I’m proud to say I’ve done my part in testing the safety and efficacy of these treatments.  However, my greatest source of pride is the difference that my colleagues and I sometimes make in our research patients’ everyday lives.  Clinical trials require thorough exams and evaluations for research subjects, and we’ve diagnosed all sorts of medical issues, often unrelated to the disease or treatment under study.  We’ve helped scores of patients to better understand their medication regimens and to navigate their way through their health concerns.  I’m humbled by our volunteers’ determination and strength as they struggle with chronic diseases, and I’m grateful that ‘doing my part’ allows me to offer novel therapies that may relieve their suffering and improve their lives.

Posted by Amy Autry Bush Monday, September 29, 2014 1:18:00 PM Categories: Breakthroughs

I did my part! 

Have you ever been in a situation where you had to ask for volunteers to complete a project? Have you heard the expression, “I’ve done my part” to express fatigue or dis-interest?  This can be truly frustrating especially when there are deadlines involved and resources are limited.

I am very happy to report, however, that in Jacksonville, this is definitely not the case when it comes to clinical research participation. In fact, this October, JCCR will be celebrating 50,000 volunteer members in our research community!

This number represents individuals in our area that are interested in contributing to the research and development of new medications and therapies that affect not only our community, but in many instances, have global impact. When you visit our site on University Boulevard, you will see two bulletin boards in our lobby with over seventy common drug names prominently displayed. This is only a sample of the medications that have been tested and evaluated here at JCCR.  With over 1000 clinical trials under our belt, we are the area’s premier research facility – and we are still growing!

Okay, so I am seriously bragging on our members, but it feels good to be part of something good, something innovative, and something meaningful. We have seen this over and over again with people who have not only participated in numerous programs over the years, but have readily referred their friends and family members for research participation as well.

The theme of our upcoming celebration is “I did my part”, so mark your calendars and come out and join us. Let us thank you in person for doing your part!

Posted by Amy Autry Bush Monday, September 29, 2014 1:02:00 PM Categories: Musings