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Research Studies

For information on the online studies, call Cindy Abole at 792-4107. 

Adolescent drivers with type 1 diabetes Adolescent drivers with type 1 diabetes between the ages of 16-19 and parents of adolescent drivers with type 1 diabetes between the ages of 16-19 are needed to participate in an anonymous survey study examining the impact of diabetes on driving behavior. For information and to participate go to and click on the links for Teen and Parent Driving Surveys.

Adolescents without alcohol use problems Adolescents between the ages of 12-20, who are not being treated for an alcohol use disorder and are without alcohol use problems, are needed to participate in a research study as healthy controls to measure potential markers for alcohol dependence. Participation includes one visit at the Institute of Psychiatry. Call 876-5070.

Adult females with stress urinary incontinence The Department of Urology is participating in a research trial comparing two urethral bulking agents for minimally invasive treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI). If you are eligible for this study all patient treatments are paid for and some patient compensation is available. Call 792-8924.

Adults with normal hearing or hearing loss Adults with normal hearing or hearing loss are needed for a study on hearing and the brain in the MUSC Hearing Research Program. Study participants must be age 40 and older. Compensation. For a screening appointment call 792-5916.

Adults with normal hearing or hearing loss Adults with normal hearing or hearing loss are needed for a study on hearing and the brain in the MUSC Hearing Research Program. Study participants must be age 40 and older. Compensation. For a screening appointment call 792-5916.

Alcohol Do you drink at least 20 drinks a week? MUSC Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs is conducting an alcohol research study investigating the effects of a medication in response to alcohol. Individuals, ages 21 - 40, who complete the study will be paid for their participation. This study does not involve alcohol treatment. Call 792-1222.
Breastfeeding mothers Mothers, 18 to 45 years old and their healthy infants, who are breastfeeding and are within one month of post-delivery, are needed for a study to examine the effects of vitamin D supplementation during breast feeding. Call 792-7842.

Breastfeeding mothers Healthy mothers 18 to 40 years old and their infants who are exclusively breastfed are needed for a study to evaluate the effects of an all-natural, organic herbal tea on promoting lactation. Compensation provided. Free parking available. Contact Carrie Finch, registered dietitian, 876-5795 or

Cancer survivors Are you a cancer survivor who wants to become more physically active? Hollings Cancer Center is seeking volunteers for a study evaluating the benefits of two physical activity programs for cancer survivors. Participants will complete an aerobic fitness evaluation before and after an eight-week physical activity program. Call 792-8250.

Depression Do you think you are depressed? Are you currently off medication and between18-65 years old? You may be eligible for a confidential brain imaging research study at MUSC which also includes genetic testing and brain electrical activity recording. Compensation. Contact Jkeonye, 876-5145 or

Depression A depression research study of a new investigational medication for  people 18 - 75 years old who experience symptoms of depression and lack of interest with sleep problems, feeling tired, unable to focus, eating too much or not eating is under way. Participants receive at no cost investigational medication for depression and psychiatric and medical evaluation by Dr. Brawman-Mintzer. Call 740-1592, ext. 23.

Diabetes Do you have uncontrolled diabetes? If you are diagnosed with diabetes, only taking Metformin/Glucophage for your diabetes, between the ages of 35-70, and not previously treated with insulin, you may be eligible to participate in a research study. Call Mary at 792-6143 or e-mail

Female sufferers of stress urinary incontinence Women, 18 years of age and older, who have had symptoms of stress urinary incontinence for at least 12 months are needed. To be eligible, you must: leak urine when you laugh, cough, sneeze or are involved in physical activity, have undergone some form of nonsurgical treatment (e.g., pelvic floor exercises, electro-stimulation) with unsatisfactory results, and available for follow-up for at least 12 months. Call 792-8924.

Hearing loss Adults with normal hearing or hearing loss needed for hearing research study in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Study participants must be age 18 years and older. African-Americans are strongly encouraged to participate. Compensation. For a screening appointment call 792-7977.

Marijuana Do you smoke marijuana? Is it causing problems with your job, school or family? Are you thinking about quitting? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study. Eligible participants will receive medical supervision, lab tests, and study medication at no charge. If interested, call Katherine in the Clinical Neuroscience Division, at 792-5819.

Obesity study Volunteers, 4 to 21 years old, who are obese are needed for free state-of-the-art evaluations through the MUSC Clinical and Translational Research Center and the Children’s Heart Center. Nutrition assessments, fasting labs, body composition scans, and cardiac echos are provided to participants at no charge. Individuals taking insulin or chronic oral steroids, and those who are pregnant, are not eligible. Parking validation is provided and compensation is available. Contact Janet Carter, registered dietitian, at 792-4717.

Overweight men or women with type 2 diabetes The Weight Management Center is conducting a one year research study of an investigational medication that may help you lose weight. To qualify, you must be 18 to 65 years of age, overweight, take medication for type 2 diabetes, and meet other criteria. Weight management counseling is included. Call 792-5577 or e-mail with Study D in subject line.

Pain pill or prescription opiate users need The Institute of Psychiatry is recruiting individuals who use pain pills or prescription opiates (such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Lortab or Percocet) to participate in a non-treatment study examining the relationship between stress and drug use. Compensation. Information is kept confidential. Call 792-0236.

Pregnancy Are you less than three months pregnant? If so, you may be eligible to participate in an important research study monitoring fetal growth being conducted through the MUSC OB/GYN department and the East Cooper Women’s Center. Compensation. Call 792-0349 or 876-1434.

Stage IV colon/rectal cancer People with Stage IV colon/rectal cancer are needed to participate in a study to share their stories about their experiences living with the disease. Participants will be asked to complete a one-time 30-minute telephone interview to share their experiences. Call Kristin at 792-7047. Ask about the “Coping with Colorectal Cancer” study.

Trauma Have you witnessed or experienced trauma in your lifetime? Individuals between 21 - 30 years old are being recruited for a research study looking at trauma history and personality differences. This is not a treatment study. Compensation is available. Call study personnel at 792-1841 for information and to find out if you are eligible.

Treatment for adolescents/young adults with alcohol use problems A behavioral therapy/medication treatment study is being conducted at the Institute of Psychiatry for adolescents/young adults between the ages of 15 - 25 with alcohol use problems. Participants will receive therapy and medication at no cost. Call 876-5070.

Veterans A voluntary research study is seeking people, ages 18 to 90, who have experienced suicidal thinking, behaviors, or feel they may be at risk. Compensation and Free Parking Provided. For more information: please call 888-322-6884 or email:

Women If you are a female, at least 21 years old, and drink alcohol, you may be eligible for a research study being conducted by the MUSC Department of Psychiatry. Participation is completed in one visit. Compensation. Call 792-7075.

March 18, 2016

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