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):

Do you smoke? (IRB# 37860EP)

Status: Active



  • Joshua Muscat, Ph.D., Department of Public Health Sciences



Volunteers are needed for a research study about how smoking patterns differ by community.



Men and non-pregnant women age 18 - 60 years old who smoke.


Additional Study Details:

Volunteers will:

  • complete a one-time questionnaire,
  • for 3 consecutive days smoke their cigarettes through a special handheld device,
  • provide 5 timed saliva samples throughout the day,
  • not have to travel to Hershey.

Compensation is provided.



Privacy of your own home.



Study director: Joshua Muscat, Ph.D., Department of Public Health Sciences

For more information: Nicolle Krebs, 717-531-5673

To view flyer click here.





  • Cardiovascular
  • Diabetes
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Healthy Volunteers
  • Lung Disease/Asthma
  • Psychiatry
  • Women's Health