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):

Cardiac bypass patient volunteers needed (IRB# 38065)

Status: Active



  • Lawrence Sinoway, M.D., Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute



Cardiac bypass patient volunteers are needed for a research study determining the effects of different types of exercise training following cardiac bypass surgery.



Cardiac bypass volunteers

  • 21 - 79 years old
  • Non-smoker
  • Not pregnant


Additional Study Details:

Volunteers will

  • Participate in one of four exercise programs after bypass surgery (one program is no exercise)
  • Attend six visits to the medical center for physiological testing

Compensation is provided.



Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute



Study director: Lawrence Sinoway, M.D., Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute

Contact: Cheryl Blaha at 717-531-1605

               Jessica Mast at 717-531-1617

Toll free: 1-800-585-9585

To view the flier click here.




  • Cardiac bypass patients