A Note From Your Principal Investigator

Greetings MURDOCK Study participants,

I wanted you to be among the first to know about an exciting new study opportunity in Kannapolis at the Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) on the North Carolina Research Campus.

The Project Baseline study is a groundbreaking collaboration between Duke, Verily, Stanford Medicine, and Google. Thanks to you, the MURDOCK Study has paved the way for new initiatives in Kannapolis like the Project Baseline study. The very first person enrolled by Duke into the study is also a MURDOCK Study participant!

With the MURDOCK Study as the foundation, Duke’s work in Kannapolis — called Translational Population Health Research, or TransPop — continues to grow. As we like to say, Duke’s Kannapolis office is #MURDOCKandMore!

The Project Baseline study is on a mission to develop a well-defined “baseline” of human health. It starts with contributions from approximately 10,000 individuals who will be followed for at least four years.

You may register online at projectbaseline.com and be considered for the study if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Are a resident of the United States
  • Speak and read English or Spanish
  • Do not have a severe allergy to nickel or metal jewelry

Enrollment and the initial study visit in Kannapolis includes multiple health tests and donations of blood, urine, saliva, tears, and other biological samples. The study will collect data about each participant’s sleep, diet, exercise and physical activity, cardiovascular function, genetic makeup, and other information. Participants use special sensors to contribute data around the clock, including Verily Study Watch, an investigational device.

The most important partner in the Project Baseline study, however, is not an academic institution, a doctor, scientist, or piece of technology. It is participants. From the first step, participants are at the center of this unique endeavor as we work together toward a healthier tomorrow for future generations.

 This ambitious study aims to:

  • Better understand the transition from health to disease
  • Identify risk factors for disease
  • Harness technology’s full power to collect, visualize and understand health data
  • Help people live longer, healthier lives

I encourage you to learn more about this exciting opportunity by visiting www.projectbaseline.com or calling toll-free 855-5-BASELINE (855-522-7354), Monday-Friday 8 a.m.–11 p.m. or Saturday 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

 Please remember to fill out your Annual Follow-Up Form when the MURDOCK Study team contacts you around the anniversary of your enrollment.

 Thank you!


Dr. Kristin Newby
MURDOCK Study principal investigator

MURDOCK study and more