Clinical Research Studies at NCRC

What are clinical research studies and why they are necessary?

Clinical research studies involve the voluntary participation of human participants, under regulatory oversight and informed consent. There are different types of clinical research studies: clinical trials (or interventional studies) and observational studies. Clinical research studies are important because they add to generalizable medical knowledge and may lead to the development of new ways to improve health or to prevent, diagnose, or treat medical conditions. Clinical research studies may impact future generations.
 
A lead physician-scientist also called a principal investigator oversees each clinical research study along with a trained and qualified support team.

How can I take part in a study? 

If you are interested in participating in a clinical research study, the study team will provide you with precise information about the purpose and course of the study. If you decide to participate, your participation is voluntary. You can withdraw your consent at any time.
 
Some studies are done online, while others involve one or more study visits (appointments). Some studies offer compensation.

View a list of studies currently enrolling at the North Carolina Research Campus.

Join a Clinical Research Study

Infant Nutrition and Cognition Study

UNC Nutrition Research Institute – Cheatham Nutrition and Cognition Lab

The Infant Nutrition and Cognition Study is to determine if eating eggs during breastfeeding will increase nutrients important for brain development in the milk and subsequently, improve infant cognition.

Compensation:
Eligible participants will be compensated up to $225.

Eligibility:

  • Healthy lactating women at 12-15 weeks postpartum with babies who were born at 38 weeks or after

Participate:
Email the Cheatham Nutrition and Coginitive Lab to learn more.

Fructose-Liver Fat Study

UNC Nutrition Research Institute – Voruganti Lab

The Fructose-Liver Fat Study is to identify genetic and dietary factors that affect the risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Compensation:
All eligible participants will be financially compensated.

Eligibility:

  • Caucasian women, ages 18-40
  • No history of alcohol abuse

Participate:
Email Brea Nance or Kendra Nelson or call (704) 250-5055 to learn more.

Duke Volunteer Registry

Duke University – Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute

The Duke Volunteer Registry is for people who would like to join future research studies. We will use your health information to help determine whether you may be eligible for future research studies. We will contact you about studies you may be able to join.

Compensation: There is no compensation for joining the registry.

Eligibility:

  • Age 18 or older
  • Valid email address
  • We need both healthy volunteers and people with medical conditions

Participate:
Email the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute or call (704) 250-5861 to learn more.

Fish Oil Supplement Study

UNC Nutrition Research Institute – Human Research Core

The Fish Oil Supplement Study is to evaluate the effect of a fish oil supplement on human health.

Compensation:
Eligible participants will be compensated up to $475.

Eligibility:

  • Adults age 18-80 willing to participate in a supplement study for 12 weeks
  • Non-smoking
  • No fish allergies
  • Not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • No medications for diabetes or cholesterol

Participate:
Email the NRI Human Research Core to learn more.

APOL1 Study

Duke University – Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute

The APOL1 Study will help researchers better understand why people of African ancestry are four times more likely to develop kidney disease than Caucasians. Compensation offered.

Compensation:
All eligible participants will be financially compensated.

Eligibility:

  • Age 50 or older
  • African American, Black, or African descent
  • Do not have kidney disease, diabetes, or HIV

Participate:
Email the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute or call (704) 250-5861 to learn more.

Fecal Metabolome of African Americans Study

North Carolina A&T State University

The Fecal Metabolome of African Americans Study will help researchers better understand how food plays an important part in our health and how the food is broken down after being eaten.

Compensation:
All eligible participants will be financially compensated.

Eligibility:

  • Between 18-65 years old
  • BMI between 18-25 or 30-40
  • African American descent

Participate:
Email sanglabncat.com or call (704) 250-5798 to learn more.

Children’s Health Study

UNC Nutrition Research Institute – Voruganti Lab

The Children’s Health Study is to identify genes and lifestyle factors that affect children’s health status and overall well-being.

Compensation:
All eligible participants will be financially compensated.

Eligibility:

  • Kids and teens ages 5-19 and their parents
  • Located in Cabarrus and neighboring counties

Participate:
Email Brea Nance or Kendra Nelson or call (704) 250-5055 to learn more.

PREVENTABLE Study

Duke University – Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Could taking a commonly used heart medication prevent dementia? By taking part in the PREVENTABLE Study, you could help us learn if taking a statin is helpful to preserve cognitive function in older adults.

Compensation:
All eligible participants will be financially compensated.

Eligibility:

  •  Age 75 or older
  • Not taking a statin
  • Do not have heart disease (heart attack or stroke)
  • Do not have dementia

Participate:
Email the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute or call (704) 250-5861 to learn more.