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

Asthma study

Do you have asthma? The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy under the direction of Dr. Gailen D. Marshall is seeking individuals with asthma to participate in a research study. The study is being done to see if one FDA approved drug works as well as another FDA approved drug in treating asthma and if it increases risk for serious asthma events Participants must be 18 years old or older and should not have any uncontrolled diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes or autoimmune illness. Participants will receive physical exams, study medication and lung function exams at no cost. Compensation is available. If you are interested and would like more information, please call Dr. Marshall's study team at (601) 815-5374.
(Approved by UMMC IRB through 06-10-2015)


DANCE study

LET'S DANCE!!! With the Delivery of Dexamethasone to the Adventitia to eNhance the Clinical Efficacy after Femoropopliteal Revascularization Trial, Dr. John Winscott, Principal Investigator and associate professor of cardiovascular diseases, is using a novel approach in the cath lab in an attempt to prevent re-stenosis of femoral/popliteal peripheral arterial disease. The DANCE Trial is a prospective, multicenter, single-arm trial involving the use of the Bullfrog Micro-Infusion Catheter to deliver dexamethasone to the adventitia after endovascular therapy. If you think you have a patient that might be suffering from lower extremity discomfort that may be due to peripheral arterial disease, please call Kimberly Evans at 601-815-4318 or email her at klevans@umc.edu. If you or someone you know has leg pain while at rest or trouble walking please call Kimberly Evans at 601-815-4318 to make an appointment with Dr. John Winscott.
(Approved by UMMC IRB through 01-27-2015)


Pediatric constipation study

The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Division of Gastroenterology, is seeking individuals to participate in an experimental research study to study the effects of Lubiprostone for the treatment of pediatric functional constipation. Participants should be at least 6 years old and less than 18 years of age. Financial compensation is available for this study. The study lasts for up to 16 weeks. For more information, please call the Pediatric Clinical Research team at 601-815-9172, or email pedclinicalresearch@umc.edu. Neelesh Tipnis, MD, is the Principal Investigator.
(Approved by UMMC IRB through 03-10-2015)


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)


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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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