The Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office (PRPL) is a service of the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH is one of the world's leading medical research facilities and the federal government's focal point for medical research in this country. PRPL staff members assist patients, their
families, and physicians by providing information about participating in research being conducted at the Clinical Center, the NIH hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.
At the PRPL, trained nurses are
available to answer
questions and send
information about the Clinical
Center research program and the
admission process. In some
cases, they may conduct a
preliminary screening interview
for admission to a research
study. Staff also will refer
physicians to the appropriate NIH
contact person who can provide
more details about the individual
studies and the criteria for patient
The Center is now recruiting for new studies in:
study : Uveitis
Doctors at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) seek adults
and children diagnosed with uveitis for research studies to help
find ways to improve diagnosis and treatment of this disease.
The studies take place at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda,
MD. NIH patients receive study-related eye exams, testing, and
care from the NIH medical team at no charge. For more information,
New study: Teen
Parents: Is your teen overweight? The National Institute of
Child Health and Human Development invites parents with overweight
teenagers to consider enrolling their children in a study of
a promising new medication. The FDA already has approved the
study drug, Orlistat, for use with overweight adults. There is
no charge to the patient or family for taking part. If your overweight
child is age 12-17, please call for more information:
Pregnant women with uveitis
If you are in your first 6 months of pregnancy and have uveitis
or a history of uveitis, consider taking part in an important
new study at the National Eye Institute. The research team provides
eye exams, evaluation, and treatment as needed at no cost to
you. You will remain under your personal doctor's care while
in the study. To find out if you might qualify, call: 1-800-411-1222.
PRPL News and Special Programs
The Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office (PRPL) is
a service of the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. PRPL
staff members assist patients, their families, physicians, and
healthy volunteers by providing information about participating
in research conducted at the Clinical Center. NIH offers all study
related evaluation, testing, and treatment at no charge to the
There are more than 900 studies available to patients and healthy
volunteers. They cover a wide range of diseases and conditions.
Below are some of studies for which the PRPL currently is recruiting.
For information about these or other Clinical Center studies,
visit the Clinical Center's web site: http://clinicalstudies.info.nih.gov,
or call the PRPL at the toll-free numbers below:
Other Studies for Patients:
For more information, call 1-800-411-1222
- Allergic Asthma. Doctors at the National Institute
of Allergy and Infectious Disease are seeking people ages 12-85
who have asthma symptoms at least 3 times a week (wheezing, chest
tightness, cough , night asthma) for research study of a new
investigational asthma medication. Compensation provided.
- Psoriasis. National Cancer Institute researchers seek
people with psoriasis for study of a potential new treatment.
- Alcohol Studies. The National Institute of Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism seeks patients to take part in alcohol studies.
Each study includes a 4-5 week inpatient alcohol treatment program.
- Oral Lesions/HIV. The National Institute of Dental
and Craniofacial Research seeks patients with oral lesions associated
with HIV or AIDS for a study of a new topical treatment for the
- Sjögren's Syndrome: The National Institute of
Dental and Craniofacial Research seeks women 18 or older who
have been diagnosed with Sjögren's syndrome to take part
in treatment studies.
- Endometriosis. The National Institute of Child Health
and Human Development seeks patients with pelvic pain associated
with endometriosis to take part in new treatment study.
Other Studies for Healthy Volunteers: 1-800-892-3276
- Healthy Women: Scientists at the National Institute
of Child Health and Human Development seek healthy women to take
part in a research study of normal female reproduction. You may
be eligible to take part if you are under 35, use no birth control
pills, or other hormones, have normal menstrual cycles, and have
no history of fibroids, infertility, or endometriosis. The study
requires two short visits.
- Menopause. NIH seeks healthy postmenopausal women
to take part in menopause studies. Compensation provided.
- Schizophrenia. Researchers at the National Institute
of Mental Health seek pairs of adult siblings, at least one of
whom has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Compensation provided.
For more information
on the Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office, contact