Cardiovascular Research Studies

Participate in a Cardiovascular Research Study

Research is central to the work we do at the University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center (CVC), and can play an important role.

If you or someone in your family is interested in becoming a research study participant, you may:

Who Can Participate?

Our research studies require all types of volunteers, including:

  • Inpatient or outpatient with a specific heart disease or condition. Inpatients stay for at least one night in the hospital or research center. Outpatients do not stay overnight at the hospital.
  • Families with a specific heart disease or condition.
  • Healthy volunteers also play a key role in research studies. For example, healthy volunteers provide crucial health information that can be used as a comparison with individuals who have a specific disease or condition.

Why Volunteer?

Physicians who treat serious illnesses rely upon new discoveries in order to save lives. Without research volunteers, there can be no progress in the fight against cardiovascular disease. Our research studies need all types of volunteers, from those who live with or have a family history of specific conditions to those who are healthy.

By participating in these research studies you may gain access to treatments that are not yet available, learn more about prevention and actively contribute to the next cardiovascular health discovery, which could help generations to come. 

Types of Clinical Research

Michigan Medicine is involved in many important research studies throughout the year, including those focused on treatment, prevention, screening and genetics, just to name a few. We’re also involved in several biorepositories, or collections of information that are analyzed by experts and used to assess specific conditions and monitor trends. These include:

  • Cardiovascular Health Improvement Project (CHIP): Studies individuals with aortic diseases and other cardiovascular-related conditions.
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve (BAV) Registry: Studies patients and identifies the genetic causes and long-term effects of bicuspid aortic valve disease.
  • International Registry of Aortic Dissection (IRAD): U-M houses and manages the International Registry of Aortic Dissection to help understand more about aortic dissection.

Questions? Contact the Cardiovascular Research Coordinator

To learn more about participating in a clinical study at the Frankel CVC, please contact Rachael Privett, Frankel Cardiovascular Center Recruitment Coordinator at 1-888-286-4420 or by email at CVCVolunteer@med.umich.edu.