External Opportunities

The MURDOCK Study is proud to promote a number of opportunities to participate in research through Duke Medicine and  local partners at the North Carolina Research Campus and Carolinas Healthcare System.

UNC-NRI Male Fertility Study

Steven H. Zeisel, MD, PhD, is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. The Zeisel Lab at the NRI is recruiting men between the ages of 18 and 60 to participate in a new research study to determine if taking a dietary supplement will impact male infertility. You will be paid for your time. To volunteer for this research study, please contact 704-250-5035 or Sperm_Study@unc.edu

The title of the research study is CHDH and sperm function: Effects of betaine. The purpose of the research is to determine whether a common genetic variation in men causes abnormal sperm function and whether treatment with a dietary supplement (betaine) can correct this problem. Men between the ages of 18 – 60 years old are eligible to participate in this research.

All research procedures will be conducted at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) at the North Carolina Research Campus (500 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC 28081). Prior to enrolling in the research study, you will be asked to come to the NRI in Kannapolis, NC for approximately 2 hours. We will ask you some questions about fertility, and you will be asked to provide a blood sample and sperm sample to ensure that you may safely participate. You will also be asked to complete a food questionnaire. If you are eligible, the research study will last for approximately eleven weeks and consists of blood and sperm studies on day 0, day 10, day 30, day 50 and again on day 75. Study subjects will be asked to take capsules containing a dietary supplement. Participants will receive $600 upon completion of the research study.

Duke Clinical Research Unit (DCRU)

The Duke Clinical Research Unit (DCRU) is a state-of-the-art facility based in Durham, North Carolina,  designed to assist in the initiation, implementation of clinical trials. It is equipped with the newest research technologies, large networks of providers and specialized patient databases, around-the-clock support staff, and on-site access to core laboratories. With over 30 patient beds, DCRU is even outfitted to conduct overnight studies with amenities such as reading rooms, a game room, a controlled outdoor space, and a metabolic kitchen to regulate patient diets. These services, coupled with the close proximity of Duke Hospital, provide the efficiency and comfort of quality care for both researchers and patients alike.

The DCRU is currently seeking volunteers, both sick and healthy, to become part of a database of possible research subjects. Find out more about volunteer opportunities at the DCRU.

NCRC Study Opportunities

There are a number of health studies seeking volunteer participants at the NCRC.

There are many studies happening around the North Carolina Research Campus at our partner institutions. Check out the North Carolina Research Campus “Participate in a Study” website to learn more about these exciting opportunities: http://transforming-science.com 


The TOMMORROW study is recruiting adults, ages 65–83 years old, to learn more about the genetic risk for developing mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer disease and whether an investigational medication might prove effective in delaying the first symptoms of this condition.

You may be able to participate in the TOMMORROW study if you:

• Are between the ages of 65 and 83 years

• Are in good physical and mental health

• Do not have a current diagnosis or history of cognitive impairment, dementia, a neurological or psychiatric disorder, or any other diagnosis that significantly affects your cognitive performance

• Have a project partner, such as a spouse, close friend, or adult family member, who is also available to participate in the study by attending study visits and providing information about your thinking abilities and behavior.

More than 5000 older adults will take part in this study at approximately 50 centers in North America, Europe, and Australia. The duration of the study is currently anticipated to be approximately five years. If you qualify for the study and are interested in participating, you and your project partner will be required to attend site visits every six months and answer questions via telephone every three months, between visits.

If you think you might like to take part in the TOMMORROW study, please visit the study website, www.TOMMORROWStudy.com, where you can complete a prescreening questionnaire that will help determine whether you are eligible to participate. You may also contact the Carolinas HealthCare System Northern Region Research Center at (704) 403-7650.

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