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):

Restless Leg Syndrome (IRB# 38448)

Status: Active



  • Stephanie M. Patton, Ph.D, Penn State Hershey Department of Neurosurgery



Researchers at Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute are studying changes in blood flow of the legs that occur upon exposure to hypoxia in patients with Restless Leg Syndrome.



Who may be eligible?

  • Between the ages of 21-65
  • Otherwise healthy
  • Non-smoker
  • Not pregnant


Additional Study Details:

What is required?

  • One visit to the lab to participate in physiological testing.

Compensation is provided.



Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center



For more information contact: Stephanie M. Patton, PhD., study director, at 717-531-8145 or 1-800-585-9585

To view flier click here.



  • Restless leg syndrome (RLS)