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Back To Vidyya Researchers Identify New Genetic Risk Factor For HIV Infection

Rrom A Study Published This Week In The Early Online Edition Of The Journal AIDS

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 referral.

The Center is now recruiting for new studies in:


New 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, please call:
1-800-411-1222


New study: Teen Obesity

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:
1-800-411-1222


New study: 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 participant.

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 mouth sores.
  • 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 prpl@mail.cc.nih.gov


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