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Mission Statement

The Student Health Office of Research Excellence (SHORE) facilitates the exploration of scientific study pertaining to the student population with the goal to improve student health and well-being. The SHORE team assists with enrolling student research participants who are representative of our collegiate populations with the utmost respect for each individual and assuring research projects are managed in full compliance with regulations and guidance. Our inclusive mission facilitates student participation in quality research with the goal of benefiting the student population, higher education, and society as a whole. For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Karen Ahern, BSN, MBA, CCRC, via email [email protected] or at (434) 924-1549.

Purpose of Clinical Research

Whenever there is a new test, device, or drug, it is tested for safety and effectiveness. There is a need to test it on real people in real situations to see how well it works. If it is not at least as effective as the usual care, then it will not be approved for clinical use. Sometimes, certain studies will have a direct benefit for the study participant. At other times, the information obtained could help patients that are seen in the future.

Patient Recruitment

The type of research we do at the Department of Student Health and Wellness (SHW) is targeted toward young adults, primarily between the ages of 18 and 30 years old. We strive to look at health and wellness issues pertinent to the maintenance of well-being of a college population. Our goal is to be inclusive and extend the opportunity to participate in research to as many qualified student-patients as possible. If you come to SHW, you may be approached by a member of our team if you potentially qualify for a study. Remember, the choice to participate or not participate is always yours!