Goal: With health information and biological samples from more than 12,200 volunteers across the Kannapolis and Cabarrus County region, Duke University researchers and their partners hope to improve the way diseases are diagnosed, treated, and potentially prevented.
Our Participants: The MURDOCK Community Registry and Biorepository includes adults age 18 years or older who lived at the time of enrollment in an eligible zip code. Also included: male healthcare workers who work in an eligible zip code; male or female first responders who work in an eligible zip code; male or female full-time employees who work on the North Carolina Research Campus, including employees of Cabarrus Health Alliance, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and the City of Kannapolis. Enrollment requirements included:
- A one-time, 45-minute study visit
- Consent form
- Registry questionnaire and medication form
- Vital signs (blood pressure and pulse) taken and waist circumference measured
- Blood (3 tablespoons) and urine (3 tablespoons) samples collected
- Submit an annual follow-up form to track changes in health
MURDOCK Study blood and urine samples are stored in a biobank, a facility that preserves biological specimens for future research. There is no limit on the length of time that Duke University stores the biological samples and health information, unless volunteers choose to stop participating in the study.
Our team contacts participants once a year around the time of their anniversary of enrollment to fill out the Annual Follow-Up Form, which documents changes in health and environment during the previous year. Follow-up can be completed online, over the phone, on paper or in person at the MURDOCK Study office at 201 Dale Earnhardt Blvd. Suite 300 in Kannapolis. Participants may be contacted up to four times per year regarding additional studies.