MURDOCK Study Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The MURDOCK Study has launched a year-long celebration of its 10th anniversary and offers a range of assets and capabilities to investigators and collaborators.

During its first decade, the MURDOCK Study Community Registry and Biorepository has grown to a 12,526-participant, community-based longitudinal cohort recruited from 20 zip codes in and around Kannapolis and Cabarrus County, North Carolina. The study offers access to nearly 450,000 annotated samples paired with baseline clinical data, annual follow-up data, and access to electronic medical records.

Each participant is geospatially mapped to enable attribution of publicly available social, economic, and natural and built environmental features to the individual molecular data generated on various subsets of participants including: conventional laboratory measures, targeted metabolomics/lipidomics, genomics (e.g., targeted SNP analysis, WGS, GWAS), RNA profiling (e.g., RNA seq, RNA chips), miRNA, and conventional targeted protein biomarkers.

Collaborating with the MURDOCK Study is easy. The first step is completing an online proposal concept form. Under the direction of Dr. Newby, a scientific review committee evaluates proposals on a rolling basis. Contact Karen Johnson (919-668-8447) or Julie Eckstrand (336-260-9802) for more information.

A year of anniversary observances began with a community celebration in Kannapolis on Feb. 16, exactly 10 years after the MURDOCK Study enrolled its first two participants, who both attended. Additional events are planned throughout 2019 in Kannapolis and Durham.

MURDOCK Study leadership including Dr. L. Kristin Newby, principal investigator, look forward to welcoming new collaborators as the study begins its second decade.

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