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Gary Fusani

5/4/2015 2:00:57 PM
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I graduated from UNF in 2010, and will soon begin my sixth year with the Encore Research Group! I’m a software developer; I design and program the systems our staff use every day to run clinical studies. I’ve helped create our website and management software, as well as a data capture system that has allowed us to work with local drug companies. I’m proud and grateful to manage our database of nearly 60,000 patients and do my part in advancing medical research.

I’m also part of a start-up company called Optimal Bagging, we  won the technology category at One Spark three weeks ago for our design of the world’s fastest trash bag! It was a lot of fun, check us out at http://www.fastestbag.com/

Outside of work I enjoy training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and surfing. I love video games too, they were very influential in giving me an early interest in computers. I’m also a big fan of music and a decent guitar player. My friends and family are the most important to me and I spend a lot of time with them.

 

 

 

 



We have several new feathers in our cap!

5/4/2015 1:50:14 PM
Categories: Breakthroughs


Next Science,  a Jacksonville-based research and development company contracted with JCCR to evaluate a new facial acne treatment gel.  Research physician, Susan Greco, MD wrote the research protocol and led our research teams to conduct the trial, which included designing the computer program to complete the data collection. The acne study was successfully completed at three sites - St. Johns, University and Fleming Island - on time and on budget!

Speaking of St. Johns Center for Clinical Research…. Lori Alexander, site manager of SJCCR, is currently serving as President of the Southeast Lipid Association. Although Lori has been active with SELA for many years, this is her first stint as President and most recently was featured in the winter issue of LipidSpin, the official publication of the National Lipid Association. Kudos to Lori

 JCCR’s In-patient research team, led by Dianne Gregory, was selected by Universal Biosensors, an Australian-based medical diagnostics company, as the single global site to evaluate a new point-of-care device for individuals undergoing heart catheterization. 

Another feather in our cap is that Dr. Paul Hellstern, Kim Siddell, and the Nature Coast Clinical Research team are being recognized for their success in a currently enrolling Crohn’s disease trial. Not only were they the first to enroll subjects in the trial, they are the global leader!

 



Get Connected

4/30/2015 7:40:26 PM
Categories: Musings


On average, the face-to-face time that you get to spend with your favorite doctor is between 10 and 13 minutes for a typical office appointment. This may seem like enough time for a routine visit, but what if you have a complicated health history or a new diagnosis, or simply have questions about available treatment options ??  Time flies….

At our research offices, we feature Lunch & Learn events on a regular basis, and the best part by far, is the opportunity to ask questions and participate in community discussion with a physician without the constraints of the private office setting. The topics are variable, and the information presented is timely and informative, but it is the open exchange of dialog that is the most meaningful.

Our rationale behind these group events is what JCCR CEO, Dr. Michael Koren, describes as establishing and reinforcing “connectivity”. The relationship between patient and physician is a special connection, and that relationship is reinforced by creating meaningful encounters outside of the practice setting. Being connected is important to our own health and the health of our community.  I am always impressed at the willingness of our research physicians to spend their lunch hour offering helpful information and fielding questions – totally unrehearsed. 

Dr. Koren recently spoke to a group of his patients about congestive heart failure and the research options that we offer at our University Blvd. office.  As a cardiologist and veteran research physician, Dr. Koren is very expert on the topic of heart failure, but he is also very comfortable in this setting. This puts us all at ease. This reinforces our “connectivity” – something we could all use more of.