Monday, January 10, 2011

MURDOCK Study Reaches 5,000 Participants

In less than two years, the Murdock study at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis has enrolled 5,000 volunteers.

With blood samples and other information from these volunteers, researchers are building a database that they say will "rewrite the textbook of medicine" by helping to better understand common diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

The goal is to recruit about 50,000 volunteers from Kannapolis and Cabarrus County for the Duke University study, named for billionaire Dole Food owner David Murdock, who donated $35 million for this project.

Volunteers must live in Cabarrus County or Kannapolis and be at least 18 years old. Schedule an appointment at 704-250-5861 or

You'll be asked to make a 30-45 minute, one-time visit to one of 17 enrollment sites. Staffers will check vital signs and obtain blood and urine samples. Volunteers agree to be contacted every year for follow-up and may be asked to participate in additional research studies.