Clinical Studies

Volunteers Needed

There are many research studies available for which you may consider volunteering.

Why Volunteer for a Study?

Many medical discoveries have been made due to the help of volunteer participants in medical research. Studies involving cardiovascular risk factors and cardiovascular diseases are being performed at Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute. Your participation in one or more studies is important to the advancement of medical knowledge and patient care. These new therapies and technologies may benefit you or someone close to you.

Length of Your Visit

The time you spend depends on the particular study in which you are involved. It could vary from 15 minutes to several hours. 

Current Studies by Category 

Participant Resources

Use these websites for more information on clinical research trials and participation:

Current Studies in the Central Research Center (CRC): 

You can also call or email our nurse coordinators to see if you qualify for a research study. Their regular office hours are (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday):

Are you a heart failure patient? (IRB# 30731)

Status: Active



  • Kevin Monahan, Ph.D., Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology



Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center researchers are studying the use of omega-3 fatty acid in heart failure patients. Volunteers are needed for this study.

Researchers are studying if taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements (fish oil) daily for three months improves heart and blood vessel function in heart failure patients.



Who may be eligible?

  • Heart failure patients age 21 to 80


Additional Study Details:

What is required?

  • Measurement of heart and blood vessel function before and after taking omega-3 fatty acid supplement
  • Taking omega-3 fatty acid supplement daily



Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center



Study director: Kevin Monahan, Ph.D., Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology


For more information contact: Cheryl Blaha, R.N., at 717-531-1605 or 1-800-585-9585

To view flier click here.



  • Heart failure patients