Clinical Studies

Volunteers Needed

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 

Participant Resources

Use these websites for more information on clinical research trials and participation:

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)

Status: Active

Investigators:

  • Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute Researchers

Categories:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea
 

Are you a heart failure patient? (IRB# 30731)

Status: Active

Investigators:

  • Kevin Monahan, Ph.D., Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Categories:

  • Heart failure patients
 

Are you a smoker? (IRB# 30762)

Status: Active

Investigators:

  • Lawrence Sinoway, M.D.

Categories:

  • Cardiology
  • Smokers
 

Want to quit smoking? (IRB# 37326)

Status: Active

Investigators:

  • Jonathan Foulds, Ph.D., Department of Public Health Sciences; Penn State Tobacco Intervention Program

Categories:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Diabetes
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Healthy Volunteers
  • Lung Disease/Asthma
  • Psychiatry
  • Women's Health
 

Have leg pain caused by PAD? (IRB# 31203)

Status: Active

Categories:

  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
 

Restless Leg Syndrome (IRB# 38448)

Status: Active

Investigators:

  • Stephanie M. Patton, Ph.D, Penn State Hershey Department of Neurosurgery

Categories:

  • Restless leg syndrome (RLS)