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Volunteers are needed to participate in the following studies being conducted by Medical Center investigators.

Stress hormone study

The Division of Clinical Immunology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Principal Investigator, Dr. Lianbin Xiang, are recruiting volunteers to determine if high levels of psychological stress can affect the immune system by measuring a stress hormone (cortisol) in the hair of Asian, Caucasian and Hispanic adults, ages 18-64. If you have no known diseases or you have clinically controlled disease, you may be qualified for this study. Volunteers will donate hair, blood and saliva and will answer questionnaires. Financial Compensation will be provided. For more information, please contact our study team at (601) 815-5374.
(Approved by UMMC IRB through 02-17-2015)


Normal blood draw study

The Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, is recruiting healthy volunteers for a Normal Blood Draw research study. You must be between the ages of 18 and 64, be healthy, do not smoke, have no known diseases other than clinically controlled diseases (such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, dermatitis, hypertension or type 2 diabetes not on insulin). The study is under the direction of Dr. Gailen Marshall. Financial compensation is available. If you are interested, please call Dr. Marshall's study team at 815-5648 or 815-5374.
(Approved by UMMC IRB through 01-28-2015)


Allergy study

The University of Mississippi Medical Center's Clinical Immunology and Allergy department is seeking individuals between ages 18 and 45 with allergies, who do not have significant heart and kidney diseases, cancer, neuropathies, eczema, spinal injuries or autoimmune disease to participate in a research study. Participants will have limited allergy testing at no cost. Financial compensation is available. For more information, please call the Clinical Immunology and Allergy team at 601-815-5374, or email ddmontgomery@umc.edu. Gailen D. Marshall, Jr., M.D., PhD, is the Principal Investigator.
(Approved by UMMC IRB through 01-08-2015)


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Type I diabetes study

The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology is seeking participants in a research study as a part of Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet. Trialnet is an international network of researchers led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that is exploring ways to prevent and delay type 1 diabetes. As a member of TrialNet, the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology is offering screening for relatives of people with type 1 diabetes to determine their risk of developing the disease. TrialNet screening, which consists of a blood test, can identify specific risk for developing type 1 diabetes up to 10 years before symptoms appear. TrialNet screening is available at no charge to people who are age 45 and under and have a parent, sibling or child with type 1 diabetes; or age 20 and under and have a niece, nephew, aunt, uncle, grandparent, half-sibling or cousin with type 1 diabetes. For more information, please call the Pediatric Clinical Research team at 601-815-9172, or email ped-clinicalresearch@umc.edu. Naznin Dixit, MD is the Principal Investigator.
(Approved by UMMC IRB through 08-18-2014)


60-plus Immulina study

The Division of Clinical Immunology under the direction of Gailen D. Marshall, Jr., M.D., PhD is recruiting volunteers to investigate the immune-boosting potential of Immulina in individuals 60 and older. If you are an adult in this age range with no known diseases or you have a clinically controlled disease you may be qualified for this research study. You will donate blood and saliva and will answer questionnaires. Financial compensation will be provided. For more information, please call our office at (601) 815-5374.
(Approved by UMMC IRB through 11-26-2014)


Hemolytic-uremic syndrome study

The University of Mississippi Medical Center's Department of Pediatric Clinical Research is seeking individuals with atypical hemolytic-uremic syndrome (aHUS) to participate in a registry study. This is a non-interventional study which seeks those of all ages to participate. This study mainly involves answering a series of questionnaires. For some information, please call the Pediatric Clinical Research team at 601-815-9172, or email ped-clinicalresearch@umc.edu. Mehul Dixit, MD, is the Principal Investigator.
(Approved by UMMC IRB through 05-05-2014)


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Basal cells cancer study

The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Division of Dermatology, is seeking individuals to participate in a research study to look at treatment patterns, effectiveness and safety results in advanced basal cell cancer (a type of skin cancer). Participants must be at least 18 years old and diagnosed with basal cell cancer. For more information, please call the Pediatric Clinical Research team at 601-815-9172, or email ped-clinicalresearch@umc.edu. Robert T. Brodell, MD, in the Principal Investigator.
(Approved by UMMC IRB through 06-20-2014)


Physical activity, stress study

Are you a healthy adult? The Division of Clinical Immunology under the direction of Dr. Krissy Rehm is recruiting volunteers to find out how the immune system is affected by both physical activity levels and stress levels. You must be 18-45 years old and should not have any significant diseases such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes. Participants will donate blood and saliva, and fill out short questionnaires. Participants will also have their body fat measured and will complete a short walking fitness test. Participants will also wear a step counter for seven days so we can monitor your activity levels. If you are interested and would like more information, please call Dr. Rehm’s study team at (601) 815-5374 or email at krehm@umc.edu.

(Approved by UMMC IRB through 08-26-2014)


Perioperative RN study

Are you a perioperative RN currently employed in Perioperative Services? The University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing is seeking individuals to participate in a research study to explore the role of the perioperative RN in today’s technological OR environment. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Florence Cooper at (601) 815-9217. Jennifer Hitt, MSN, RN, CNE, is the Principal Investigator.

(Approved by UMMC IRB through 10-13-2014)


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Seasonal allergy study

The University of Mississippi Medical Center's Clinical Immunology and Allergy department is seeking individuals 18 years and older with seasonal allergies, who do not have significant heart and kidney diseases, cancer or autoimmune disease to participate in a research study. Participants will have brief physical exams, blood draws, skin tests, nasal flow exams and saliva collections at no cost. Financial compensation is available. For more information, please call Clinical Immunology and Allergy team at 601-815-5374, or email ddmontgomery@umc.edu. Gailen D. Marshall, Jr., M.D., PhD, is the Principal Investigator.
(Approved by UMMC IRB through 08-12-2014)



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