Welcome to Westside 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 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


High Triglycerides



We are seeking volunteers for a research study to evaluate an investigational medication for individuals with High Triglycerides. We are testing the effectiveness of the investigational medication to reduce triglyceride levels.

You may be eligible if you are at least 18 years old and have triglyceride levels between 500 mg/dL and 1500 mg/dL. Volunteers who don’t know their triglyceride levels can have them checked at our office.

There is no cost for participation and no health insurance required. Participants who qualify for our study will receive study related medication and medical exams at no cost. Qualified participants will also receive compensation for time and travel.

For more information call:
904-693-1490
Or sign up below!

Statin Intolerance

Statin Intolerance Research Study

We are seeking volunteers for a research study to evaluate an investigational medication for individuals unable to take medications called statins without side effects. 
You may be eligible if:
  • You are at least 18 years old
  • You are statin intolerant  
There are additional study requirements to qualify for participation.
Participants who qualify will receive study related medication and medical exams at no cost. Qualified participants will receive compensation for time and travel.  
For more information call: 
(904) 693-1490





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Lateshia Taylor

Lateshia is a research assistant and lab technician at the Westside office and has been a member of our research family for 14 years (since 2005). She loves to travel and try new outdoor adventures with her son, Shumbae. And when she says adventures, she’s talking zip-lining, camping and river-rafting. Her favorite sport is football and she is a Jaguars fan, but as the mom of a busy 10-year-old, she also appreciates quiet time reading and the occasional pampering pedicure or massage. 

While she tells us that she doesn’t really have a favorite food, she does warn us that she will NOT eat peas or beans. She hates peas and beans. 

Lateshia also admits that her guilty pleasure is messy reality TV.

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What is Gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is the medical specialty concerned with the structure and function of the digestive tract (also called gastrointestinal [GI] tract).  Some symptoms that can indicate disease or dysfunction of the GI tract include nausea, vomiting, weight loss, heartburn, regurgitation, abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, rectal bleeding, constipation, and diarrhea.  Digestion of food and fluids is a very complex process, so persistent symptoms may require a gastroenterologist’s evaluation to determine the cause.  Knowing the cause of symptoms can then lead to proper treatment and control or management.
 
What’s the Difference between IBS and IBD?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS is a common GI disorder that can considerably reduce the quality of life.  It affects as many as 5%-20% of individuals worldwide.  It occurs more often in women than in men, and is more commonly diagnosed in patients younger than 50 years of age.  Symptoms range from diarrhea to constipation, or a combination of the two.  Abdominal pain or discomfort often exist alongside abdominal distension.
Diagnosis of IBS is made after obtaining a medical history, physical exam, and diagnostic testing to learn if any disease process is causing the symptoms. There is evidence to show that IBS can be a result of genetics, environment and social learning, dietary or intestinal microorganisms, low-grade inflammation and/or dysfunction of muscular movements, secretions and sensation. 
Many patients with IBS ignore their symptoms, believing they are a normal part of everyday life.  The good news is that with proper diagnosis, there are ways to treat or manage the symptoms. Don’t ignore persistent symptoms, there is help available.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
IBD is not the same as IBS, and understanding the difference is important for proper treatment.  The symptoms can be the same, but the problem causing the symptoms is very different. Inflammatory bowel disease includes Crohn’s Disease (CD) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC).  Crohn’s Disease can cause inflammation through the walls of the GI tract, and can affect any part of the GI tract.  Ulcerative Colitis commonly includes inflammation of the GI mucosa and is limited to the colon (large intestine). Recent research showed that some factors that can lead to IBD includes genetic susceptibility, environment, intestinal microorganisms, and immune responses. Medications are directed at treating the active inflammation, which can then decrease or control the symptoms.

Conclusion
Since symptoms of many GI disorders can be the same, a thorough medical history, physical exam, and proper diagnostic testing is crucial to obtaining a correct diagnosis and treatment. Open communication with your gastroenterologist and health care providers is essential to appropriate management and treatment.  Be sure to tell your doctor about symptoms that concern you and new problems that arise.  Do not hesitate to ask questions to ensure your understanding of your diagnosis and any treatment prescribed.  Being a partner in your health care can lead to a healthier, happier life!

Written By:
Julie Baker, RN
Resource: World Journal of Gastroenterology 

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