About the Study

The MURDOCK Study, or the Measurement to Understand the Reclassification of Disease of Cabarrus/Kannapolis, is Duke University’s longitudinal health study working to reclassify health and disease through advanced scientific technologies, expertise from Duke researchers, and close collaboration with our strong network of local and regional community partners.

Ultimately, this study will identify linkages across major diseases and disorders in order to defeat some of today’s leading causes of illness and death. The MURDOCK Study has enlisted the participation of more than 12,400 residents in the Cabarrus County/Kannapolis region.

Initiated in 2007 and currently under the leadership of Kristin Newby, MD, who is the principal investigator for the study, co-director for the Duke Cardiac Care Unit, and Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at the Duke University School of Medicine, the MURDOCK Study pursues specific, attainable, and incremental goals defined in four horizons:

Horizon 1: Where We Started
Horizon 1.5: Where We Are Today
Horizon 2: Where We Are Headed 
Horizon 3: Where We Want to Be

The MURDOCK Study Trajectory of Progress and Promise
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The MURDOCK Study is based in Kannapolis, North Carolina and was made possible with a generous gift from Mr. David H. Murdock to Duke University.

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