In order to improve treatment options or increase the survival rates for specific diseases, we must test new treatments against current therapies. Sometimes important clinical research isn’t completed because enough people could not be recruited. Through developments in genetics, we also know it is important for volunteers to come from diverse backgrounds, further increasing the challenges for many current clinical studies and trials.
UF Health Jacksonville is working to change that through our new Jacksonville Aging Studies Center, or JAX-ASCENT. The new center will connect older adults who are interested in participating in medical studies with study investigators, a major part in the process of enhancing health care. By conducting and participating in research, we aim to provide hope for patients who are limited by their conditions. This clinical registry fulfills an important need — allowing us to move medicine forward because every patient, regardless of age, deserves a chance.
Leon L. Haley Jr., MD, MHSA, CPE, FACEP