There are many research studies available for which you may consider volunteering.
Why Volunteer for a Study?
Many medical discoveries have been made due to the help of volunteer participants in medical research. Studies involving cardiovascular risk factors and cardiovascular diseases are being performed at Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute. Your participation in one or more studies is important to the advancement of medical knowledge and patient care. These new therapies and technologies may benefit you or someone close to you.
Length of Your Visit
The time you spend depends on the particular study in which you are involved. It could vary from 15 minutes to several hours.
Current Studies by Category
- Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Heart Failure
- Intervention Treatment
- Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology
- Vascular Surgery
Use these websites for more information on clinical research trials and participation:
A service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world. Learn more about clinical studies and about this site, including relevant history, policies, and laws.
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Current Studies in the Central Research Center (CRC):
You can also call or email our nurse coordinators to see if you qualify for a research study. Their regular office hours are (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday):
Snore? Have sleep apnea? (IRB# 29853)
- Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute Researchers
- Obstructive sleep apnea
Are you a heart failure patient? (IRB# 30731)
- Kevin Monahan, Ph.D., Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
- Heart failure patients
Are you a smoker? (IRB# 30762)
- Lawrence Sinoway, M.D.
Want to quit smoking? (IRB# 37326)
- Jonathan Foulds, Ph.D., Department of Public Health Sciences; Penn State Tobacco Intervention Program
- General Internal Medicine
- Healthy Volunteers
- Lung Disease/Asthma
- Women's Health
Have leg pain caused by PAD? (IRB# 31203)
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
Restless Leg Syndrome (IRB# 38448)
- Stephanie M. Patton, Ph.D, Penn State Hershey Department of Neurosurgery
- Restless leg syndrome (RLS)