Recipe of the Weekend #2 – Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

User-Friendliness Device Study

RCR is seeking volunteers for a device study. This means there are no drugs to take! The clarity of the instructions and ease of use of the device are what is being tested.

You may qualify if you have Lupus, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis or Rheumatoid Arthritis with functional hand impairments? Or, are you a caregiver without any healthcare related training? If you think you may qualify, please call RCR today at 585-288-0890 and ask to speak with a Deb, Beverly, or Jane or click here.



Healthy Recipe – Pasta Fagioli

Dish: Pasta Fagioli

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Recommendation: ♥♥♥♥♥

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 carrot, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 thin slice onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
4 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 tablespoon dried basil leaves
1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained
and rinsed
1 1/2 cups ditalini pasta

1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Saute carrot, celery and onion until soft. Add garlic and saute briefly. Stir in tomato sauce, chicken broth, pepper, parsley and basil; simmer for 20 minutes.
2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ditalini pasta and cook for 8 minutes or until al dente; drain.
3. Add beans to the sauce mixture and simmer for a few minutes. When pasta is done, stir into sauce and bean mixture.

Yield: 4 servings
Per Serving:
Calories: 338 kcal Carbohydrates: 60.7 g
Cholesterol: 2 mg Fat: 5.1 g
Fiber: 9.4 g Protein: 13.4 g
Sodium: 1882 mg

Spring into Healthy Habits

As spring approaches many people think of this season as a time for renewal. We spring clean our houses and do spring clean-up in our yards after the harsh winter. Most of us vow to re-visit healthy habits or begin some healthier habits. Whether it is improving our diet, exercising or stopping an unhealthy habit it is sometimes difficult to get started or it is often started with a great deal enthusiasm that often fades as time passes.

So how do we start and maintain some healthier habits? Well, find something in your lifestyle that you feel could use some improvement. Many of us see dieting and exercise as the old cliché “easier said than done.” But even Tiny Tweaks to your daily routine can make a big difference.


The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recommend at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days to help prevent heart disease and stroke. Even if you are a faithful exerciser additional activity can have added benefits.

Tiny Tweaks
• Take the stairs at work – if you work on a higher floor start by taking the elevator half way up then take the stairs to your floor. Set a goal to increase by one floor per week or whatever you feel you can accomplish.
• Park your car in the farthest parking spot at work, the grocery store, plaza etc.
• Walk at work – take a walk at break time or use half your lunch time to walk and the other half to eat your lunch.

Dietary Habits

When it comes to eating habits we all have some good and probably not so good habits. Almost everyone can make some change to improve their diet. It is never too late to change.

Tiny Tweaks
• Keep a food diary. For a few days, log everything you eat to identify your overall portions, the times you eat, and the servings of the good and bad foods you eat; identify what you think is a bad habit and formulate a plan to change it.
• Grocery shop. Regular grocery shopping will encourage you to eat healthier options at home versus going out to eat and risk poorer choices.
• Drink more water. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
• Stop eating when you are no longer hungry. Many of us were taught to eat everything on our plate which can mean you are overeating. Most restaurants serving portions are larger than one serving.
• Eat more fruits and veggies. Most of us do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. Eating more fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, and much more. Reaching for a bag of carrots rather than chips will help curb unhealthy snacking habits.


Sleep may seem like a waste of time, but research shows that you’re more likely to succeed at your tasks—and enjoy greater well-being—if you get some serious shut-eye. Most adults require about 7-8 hours per night.

Tiny Tweaks
• Set a regular bedtime. Your body craves consistency. Plus you’re more likely to get enough sleep if you schedule rest like your other tasks.
• De-caffeinate yourself. Drinking caffeine to stay awake during the day can keep you up at night. Try resisting the coffee and colas starting six to eight hours before bed.
• De-stress yourself. Relax by taking a hot bath, meditating or envisioning a soothing scene while lying in bed. Turn off daytime worries by finishing any next-day preparations about an hour before bed.
• Exercise. Working out can improve sleep in a lot of ways, including relieving muscle tension. Don’t work out right before bed, though, since exercise may make you more alert. If you like, try gentle upper-body stretches to help transition into sleep.
• Make your bed a sleep haven. No paying bills or writing reports in bed.

All habits take time to develop. They don’t happen overnight. If you find yourself with unhealthy habits, stop as quickly as possible and ask yourself: Why do I do this? What changes do I need to make. Don’t be too harsh with yourself or think that one mistake “blows” a whole day’s worth of healthy habits. You can do it! It just takes one day at a time!


RCR is enrolling healthy volunteers ages of 18-40 for investigational vaccine research studies. All study-related tests, visits, and study medicine will be provided to participants at no cost. Compensation for time and travel will be provided. If you or someone you know is interested in one of our healthy volunteer research studies,click here to learn about our healthy volunteer studies.
(About the author: R. Carla Edgett has been in the clinical field for 28 years. Currently she works as a Sub-Investigator at RCR)

Could my knee pain be arthritis?

The chances are, the answer is yes. There are many conditions that can cause pain in the knee. In people under the age of 45, injuries to the knee are the most common source of discomfort. Possibilities include torn or injured cartilage, ligaments, tendons and muscles.

If you are over the age of 45, the chances are that your knee pain is coming from osteoarthritis. Cartilage is the smooth, glossy cushion that is present on the ends of the bones that make up our knees. It functions as a shock absorber and also resists friction in the knees during movement. Cartilage is made up of proteins that give it strength and resilience. The most prevalent protein is collagen. We start losing collagen at about the age of 30, approximately 1% per year. With time our knees become less flexible and more prone to injury. High impact sports, overuse, and high body weight can all contribute to excessive wear and tear of the cartilage.

Family history also plays a role with some people having weaker, more injury prone cartilage than others. With the loss of collagen and injury, the cartilage surface becomes roughened. Friction and inflammation can occur, causing pain, warmth, and sometimes swelling of the knee. At this point, the condition is referred to as osteoarthritis.


To find out if you qualify for a clinical research study for knee pain due to osteoarthritis. RCR currently has two research studies seeking participants that suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee. If you are between the age of 35 and 85 you could qualify. Both studies offer compensation up to $525.

Study 1: Knee Pain (35-85) 

Study 2: Knee Pain (40-80)


(Author: Tammi Shlotzhauer, MD)

What You Need to Know About E-cigarettes

The FDA is expected to issue rules soon laying out the framework under which e-cigarettes will be regulated. Given how little is known about the long-term effects of e-cigarette use or the specific ingredients within the devices more research is needed.

Producers of e-cigarettes, including some major cigarette makers, are currently planning to conduct clinical trials in an effort to quantify their products’ health risks, particularly in contrast to those of conventional cigarettes.

What are E-ciarettes?

An electronic cigarette, E-Cig, is a device often shaped like a regular cigarette that heats up liquid nicotine, turning it into a vapor that smokers inhale and exhale. Some e-cigs contain a mixture of nicotine and flavorings and others release a flavor vapor without nicotine.


Are E-cigarettes Safe?

The safety of e-cigs is not yet known because there haven’t been extensive research studies done to evaluate the health risks. There are a lot of people that think smoking e-cigarettes, AKA vaping, is a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. But the reality is no one knows this for sure.

Is there a Study at RCR?

RCR may be participating in a clinical research study of an e-cigarette in the fall of this year. We will need over 200 smokers to be in this research study. If you are a current smoker, over age 30, and have smoked for that last 10 years, you may qualify. To be in this study you must not intend to quit smoking within the next 6 months. Call 585-288-0890 or email us at today to learn more.



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Meet our CEO

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

A: Well I came from a big Irish family and grew up with a lot of chaos, love and laughter. So I tend to enjoy all those things today as well. I like to be involved with new technology and the latest research. I love learning and reading all kinds of books. There is always something new to learn.

Q: Can you describe yourself with one word, and why?
A: Curious – I like to understand and I am always
curious about what may be the next development.

Q: Why did you decide to work in the clinical research study industry?
A: I was fortunate to find a job in clinical research when I was starting my family and I was interested in working part-time as a nurse practitioner. I met Joe Izzo, MD a brilliant researcher in hypertension at the URMC and he taught me a lot about clinical research. So I would say the industry actually picked me!

Q: How did Rochester Clinical Research come about in 1994?
A: I worked in the research department at a large academic medical center as well as working in a large medical group practice. This is when I learned a lot about how to do research well. I thought there was an opportunity to conduct research even more efficiently in an independent environment where we could be more responsive to what needed to be done.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to a research study volunteer, what would it be?
A: Ask questions – we are here to answer them or find the answer for you if we don’t have the answer.

Pat larrabee

A Letter to Our Volunteers

Dear Friends of RCR:

Rochester Clinical Research is celebrating their 20th year as a clinical research site. We would like to thank you – our research friends and volunteers for your support over the past 20 years. Without the active participation of our 10,000 volunteers who have participated in various research programs since 1994, we would not have been able to help bring to market many new treatments and devices for so many diseases. Because of the generous time provided by our medical heroes like you, great strides have been made in the areas of diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, flu vaccines, home testing for HIV, smoking cessation, weight loss and many other areas of research. We thank you for your commitment to advancing medicine and changing lives.

We plan to have a celebration in the fall with an open house at RCR. We will be sending out invitations with more information as we get closer to the big day. Family and friends will be invited.

Thank you again for your time – we truly appreciate you!


Adam Larrabee, Director of Business Development
Adam Larrabee
Director of Business Development
Rochester Clinical Research, Inc.



Free Blood Pressure Screening at RCR

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month!

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High blood pressure can develop in anyone at any time.  It is important to get your blood pressure checked regularly.

Take advantage of our free blood pressure screening/counseling at RCR.


Call today and make an appointment to have your blood pressure checked @ 585-288-0890.

OR you can fill out the form below:


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Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Breasts – Recipe of the Weekend #1

Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Breasts - Recipe of the Weekend #1

Tip of the Day #3

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General Health Tip – Good Vision Foods

Carrots, red pepper, kale, broccoli, collards, brussels sprouts,

spinach, apricots are some of best foods for your eyes.

good vision foods

*RCR is currently enrolling healthy volunteers for research studies, click here to learn more.

Tip of the Day #2

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General Health Tip – Snack for your heart

Healthy olives, unsalted nuts and seeds instead of biscuits, crisps, cakes and pastries.


Tip of the Day #1

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General Health Tip – Eat Bananas

Adding a banana to your daily diet has an array of benefits in your body. Bananas help you reach your weight – loss goals, keep your bowels healthy, provide nutrients that regulate heart rhythm and have vitamin compounds for eye health. Keep a bunch of bananas on your desk at work and replenish your stock each week.

Nice bananas


*RCR is currently enrolling healthy volunteers for research studies, click here to learn more.

New to Research? 10 Helpful Hints

NEW TO RESEARCH?  10 Helpful Hints:

  1. When completing forms or study diaries, always write in black ink. No pencil. No blue, red or green ink.
  2. If you have middle initial, please use it when signing any forms.
  3. If you need to correct something you wrote, cross it out with one single line, and write your initials and the date next to it.
  4. At your study visit, bring back to RCR all empty study pill bottles, blister packs, packages, and used kits (that we have given you). They all need to be accounted for.
  5. If you start a new medication for any reason, we need to know the exact name, dose and date you started it. Please bring the medication bottle to your next RCR visit.
  6. Fasting for blood work means nothing to eat or drink, except WATER.  We encourage you to drink plenty of water, as being well-hydrated will make it easier to draw your blood.
  7. If you are told you will have an EKG at a visit, please do not wear skin lotion on your chest or legs.
  8. Check your appointment card for specific instructions about your next visit. We will send you an email reminder of your upcoming appointments. If you prefer a telephone reminder please let the front desk know.     
  • You have a question about a diary or other form.
  • You are hospitalized more than 24 hours for any reason.
  • You need to reschedule your appointment.  Appointments need to be rescheduled within a “visit window” of a few days.
  • You would like to end your participation in a study.
  • You are running late or you will not be able to stay for your full visit (check your appointment card for expected visit duration).
  1. Tell your friends and family about RCR.  We are always in need of study volunteers.


Diabetes Self Management Group

DSMG is FREE and participation will give you the confidence to face the challenges of diabetes.

  • Learning as much as you can about diabetes
  • Improving control of your diabetes to help delay or prevent complications
  • Developing positive life-long health habits
  • Working collaboratively with your physician and diabetes educators


Class Schedule

Wednesday, April 9 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mervyn Weerasinghe, MDWhat is Diabetes? Prevent it! Control it! You can do it!
Wednesday, April 16 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Amy Stacy, MS, RD, CED, CDNDiet and diabetes

Discussion of carbohydrate counting, healthy fats and the role of fiber.

Wednesday, April 23 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Kristen Rusho, MSPhysical activity and exercise

What exercise is best for you?

Wednesday, April 30 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mervyn Weerasinghe, MDComplications of Diabetes.

Why Control is Important.

Wednesday, May 7 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mervyn Weerasinghe, MDMedications, meters, medical care & the latest research.

Space is Limited.

Call today to reserve a seat.


2013 RCR Pumpkin Competition

RCR is having a Pumpkin Competition for Halloween. Every patient coming into RCR today can cast their vote for their favorite pumpkin! Let’s take a first look at those amazing pumpkins! And tell us which one is your favorite!


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Awaiting the Great Pumpkin

The 26 Vaccine-preventable Diseases

The 26 vaccine-preventable diseases

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Once considered a dead area of drug development, vaccines have enjoyed a resurgence in the last several year as drug developers seek to expand the list of vaccine-preventable diseases. Recent additions to the list include shots for rotavirus (1998), HPV (2006) and swine flu (2009). Since the discovery of the first vaccine for small pox in 1796, the list of preventable diseases has swelled to 26, and continues to grow as drugmakers battle for market share in this rejuvenated field.



Yellow fever

Cervical cancer


Chicken pox

Pneumococcal infections





Group A, C meningococcal infections


Hib infections


Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B



Japanese encephalitis





Typhoid fever



CEO Patricia Larrabee nominated for the Outstanding Philanthropist Award

Patricia Larrabee Nominated for the AFP Genesee Valley Chapter Outstanding Philanthropist Award

Patricia Larrabee, CEO at RCR, nominated for the AFP Valley Chapter Outstanding Philanthropist Award

ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Patricia Larrabee, RNNP, CCRC, has been nominated for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Genesee Valley Chapter Outstanding Philanthropist award. The AFP Genesee Valley Chapter will honor the nominees in seven categories on National Philanthropy Day® during a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Larrabee, CEO of Rochester Clinical Research, is being nominated for her financial and volunteer support of Mary Cariola Children’s Center and Mercy Community Services. Larrabee’s financial support has provided the means for new and innovative music therapy to be available for children with complex multiple disabilities. She serves on the board at Mary Cariola, as well as Mercy Community Services where she was chair of their events committee and helped organize numerous fundraising events for the organization.






New Weight Loss Drug

New Weight Loss Drug Approvals!
RCR contributes to development process

A huge ‘THANK YOU’ to the hundreds of RCR volunteers who have participated in weight loss studies over the last several years. There are now 2 new weight loss medications, the first ones to be FDA approved since 1999.

Qsymia (pronounced kyoo-sim-EE-uh and manufactured by Vivus Pharmaceuticals) and Belviq (pronounced bel-VEEK and manufactured by Arena Pharmaceuticals) were shown to be effective in helping people lose weight during their clinical trials.

We are grateful to our volunteers who were part of these landmark studies. For anyone interested in these medications, we recommend that you speak with your healthcare provider.


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