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Volunteer for a Research Study

The Department of Preventive Medicine conducts observational research studies and clinical trials.

Observational Research – studies that collect data and samples from patients in order to examine patterns of disease, risk factors and outcomes over a period of time.
Clinical Trials – studies that test whether a medical or behavioral treatment is safe and effective to use in a particular group of people.

Fit & Quit Study

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Ideally, there would be programs that do not require people to choose between quitting smoking and gaining 10 pounds (on average). We are developing just such a program! 

Participants will try one of 3 different weight management strategies. In addition, all participants will receive the same 6 session phone-based smoking cessation program and 6 months of Chantix at no cost. In addition to treatment at no cost, participants may earn up to $100 for completing all aspects of the study. For further information, please see: https://www.fitandquit.org/.  Call today to see if you qualify—901-448-2000.

Restore Study

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Do you have a total knee replacement? Would you like to lose weight and adopt a healthy lifestyle? You may be eligible to join a new research study if you are someone who: Has a single total knee replacement; Is between the ages of 18-70; Is overweight; In this two-year study, you will receive physical activity, nutrition, and weight loss coaching at no cost. For more information about RESTORE contact us at 901-448-1TKR (901-448-1857) or restorestudy@uthsc.edu. Visit https://restorestudy.uthsc.edu/ for more information.

Valor Study: For Below The Knee Amputees

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You may be eligible to join the VALOR research study (Veteran Amputees Leading prOsthetic Research) if you are someone who: Has a single leg, below the knee amputation; Has actively used a prosthesis for at least a year; Can walk inside and outside with your prosthesis; Is 18-80 years of age. The VALOR study is currently enrolling both veterans & non-veterans. Participant benefits include: Physical Therapy at no cost; Up to $250 for participation; Half of the participants will also receive a micropressor-controlled prosthetic foot (at no cost) with fitting and training. Contact us at 901-44U-WALK (901-448-9255) or valorstudy@uthsc.edu. Visit https://valorstudy.uthsc.edu/ for more information.

Valor Study: Ankle Foot Orthosis Brace

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You may be eligible to join a new research study if you: Have a lower-limb impairment requiring an AFO to walk safely; Currently wear a prescribed AFO; Are 18 – 80 years of age. The study is scheduled to begin enrollment spring 2019 and will be open to veterans, non-veterans, and active duty personnel. In this 6-month research study, ALL participants will receive a new pair of orthotic shoes and physical therapy at no cost, and up to $250 for participation. Half of the participants will also be fitted with and trained to use a powered AFO to determine if it may improve functional performance and walking safety. Contact us at 901-44U-WALK (901-448-9255) or valorstudy@uthsc.edu. Visit https://valororthostudy.uthsc.edu/ for more information.

Last Published: Sep 16, 2019