Volunteer for a Research Study


The Department of Preventive Medicine conducts observational research studies and clinical trials.

  • Observational Research – studies that collect data and samples from patients in order to examine patterns of disease, risk factors and outcomes over a period of time.
  • Clinical Trials – studies that test whether a medical or behavioral treatment is safe and effective to use in a particular group of people.

Our studies often lead to discoveries of new and better ways to treat and prevent disease.

We need eligible volunteers for the studies listed below:

For more information, please call our recruitment line at 901-448-8400 or 1-800-916-2606.

ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly)

Is aspirin the wonder drug? Can it extend disability-free life in persons over 65? The purpose of ASPREE is to find out. The study will examine whether the potential benefits of this drug (prevention of heart disease, stroke and vascular dementia) outweigh the risks of bleeding in persons over 65.

If you are interested in this clinical trial, call our recruitment line for more information.

SPRINT (Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial)

Are you concerned about your blood pressure? Are you over 50? SPRINT may be the trial for you. This is a 2-arm, trial designed to test whether a treatment program aimed at reducing systolic blood pressure to a lower goal than currently recommended will reduce cardiovascular disease risk in a population aged 50 and older.

If you are interested in this clinical trial, call our recruitment line for more information.

Telephone Support during Overseas Deployment for
Military Spouses

Are you the spouse or significant other of a military service member deployed overseas? This study will help you learn ways to manage stress and solve problems related to communication, managing long distance relationships, and other common deployment problems. You may participate in telephone support groups or online education sessions.

Find information or volunteer at: vhamemsbm@va.gov, (901) 577-7485 or (800) 636-8262, ext. 7485, or www.memphis.va.gov/spousesupport.


For information about new studies, contact our recruitment office at telephone 901-448-8400.

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Karen C. Johnson, M.D., M.P.H., Interim Chair

Department of
Preventive Medicine
66 N. Pauline Street, Suite 633
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-5900