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Shift Work Study – Healthy Volunteers Needed

  • This study will measure biological markers (biomarkers) of circadian rhythm (the body’s internal clock) in day and night shift workers. The study requires two blood draws: one at 5-6 PM and one at 11 PM-midnight.

    How can you help?

    If you are a healthy, non-smoking woman, between the ages of 21 and 45, and you work either the day or night shift (at least 8 hours long) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, you may be eligible to participate – see the Study Details tab to learn more. If you are interested in volunteering, please click the Contact Form tab above or contact us directly by email or phone (848-445-6086). You will be offered compensation for your time.

  • Title: Biomarkers of Circadian Rhythm Disruption – Phase 2

    Principal Investigator: Mingzhu Fang, PhD

    Purpose: To measure the changes in levels of circadian rhythm biomarkers in shift workers.

    Who Participates:Up to 50 healthy, non-smoking, non-obese, women, ages 21 to 45, who work day or night shift (at least 8 hours long). Volunteers must work at least 2 shifts a week and be employed at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick (RWJUH).

    Study Procedures: Participants will be screened for eligibility over the phone.  If eligible, a study appointment will be made based on the participant’s work schedule.

    Subjects will be invited to the Clinic Research Center (CRC), now located in the East Tower of RWJBH, New Brunswick, up to five days before the study to complete a consent visit. After signing the consent, their height and weight will be measured. A pregnancy test will be administered. If you are pregnant, you may not participate. Participants will be asked to complete two short questionnaires (about 5-10 minutes each) about their sleep hours and stress.

    On the day of the study, blood samples will be collected between 5 to 6 PM and again between 11 PM and midnight. You will be asked to also collect a urine sample in the hour before each blood draw. You will also be asked to complete a brief questionnaire about your work schedule (about 5 minutes).

    Compensation: $200 for completing the study. Participation in this research study will meet the Evidence-Based Practice requirement for the Professional Advancement System for all of 2018 through 2019. Additionally, participation will meet the requirement for Clinical Nurse 3 and Clinical Nurse 4 selected modules.

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    Email: ResearchStudy@eohsi.rutgers.edu | Phone: 848-445-6049