About Blood/Lymphatic System
Blood, the body’s fluid transportation system, is pumped by the heart through a network of arteries, veins, and capillaries. Blood is a mixture of red and white blood cells and platelets within liquid plasma that brings nutrition and oxygen to cells, carries infection-fighting cells throughout the body, flushes away waste, and clots at the site of injury to stop bleeding. Blood disorders and diseases can have many serious impacts, such as the inadequate oxygen delivery caused by anemia or the clotting problems hemophilia causes. Some types of cancer, such as leukemia and myeloma, primarily affect blood. Similar to blood, lymph is a fluid that carries cells throughout the body. The lymphatic system is a major part of the immune system; lymph carries disease-fighting antibodies and lymph nodes filter out foreign cells. When battling an infection, lymph nodes can become painful and swollen, or even clogged. By studying these two systems, researchers hope to unlock new treatments and prevention approaches for a range of diseases.
Work Limitations in Nurses with Cancer
Are you a nurse that has been diagnosed with cancer? You may be eligible for a research study to understand work experiences among nurses with cancer.
The Lactation and Infant Feeding with Cancer Study
Are you currently pregnant or have given birth in the past two years? Do you have a cancer diagnosis? You may be able to participate in a research study exploring decision-making around infant feeding among pregnant and postpartum people with a cancer diagnosis and their healthcare providers. Compensation is provided.
The Lactation and Infant Feeding with Cancer Study - Healthcare Provider Arm
Have you worked as direct clinical care for birthing and postpartum people with or without cancer (and/or their infants)? You may be eligible for a research study exploring decision-making around infant feeding among pregnant and postpartum people with a cancer diagnosis and their healthcare providers. Compensation is provided.
All of Us Pennsylvania Research Program
You may be able to change the future of medicine. The All of Us PA Research Program is enrolling adults 18 years of age or older. This may be your chance to improve how your children and your children’s children receive medical care.
MyPaTH Story Booth – COVID-19 Stories
Participants are invited to share how they are maintaining their health during the coronavirus pandemic, or to share what it is like being ill with COVID-19 and/or caring for a loved one who is ill with COVID-19. Participation in this research study involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
MyPaTH Story Booth 2.0
Interested in sharing your story about health, illness, or research? Patients and caregivers are needed to participate in a research study to help learn more about topics that are important to you and that may improve health and health care. Participation involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
Are you a cancer patient over 21 years old? You and your caregiver may be eligible to participate in a research study using behavioral methods to help cancer patients manage symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Decentralized Biobanking "de-bi": An app for tracking research donations
Are you 18 and older and interested what happens to the tumor/tissue/blood you donate for research? This research project is developing an app for those who want to track or learn about their biosample donations and studying patient preferences for feedback about research on their biosamples.
Are you currently receiving chemo for cancer at UPMC? Do you have a smartphone? You may be able to participate in a study to monitor symptoms during chemotherapy using smartphones and Fitbits. Participation involves installing study apps on your smartphone and completing daily questionnaires for 90 days. Compensation is provided.
Genomic Approaches to Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Study
Are you a woman between the ages of 18 and 37 who has experienced a pregnancy loss? You may be able to participate in a study that hopes to better understand the genetic basis of recurrent pregnancy loss.
Are you over 18 and been diagnosed with sickle cell? Do you have chronic pain (pain more days than not for the past 3 months or longer)? Are you prescribed long-acting or daily opioid pain medication? You may be eligible to participate in a research study to improve pain and overall health for people living with sickle cell disease.
Spinal Cord Stimulation for the treatment of motor deficits in people with Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Are you affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy? You may be able to participate in a research study using spinal cord stimulation (SCS), an approved clinical therapy for pain syndromes that do not respond to drugs. Unexpectedly, SCS has shown the ability to promote the recovery of leg motor function in people with complete motor paralysis in consequence of spinal cord injury years after injury.
The VWD-Woman Study
Do you have von Willebrand disease and are pregnant? You may be able to participate in a study to examine the effectiveness of two different approaches to reduce blood loss at delivery. Participation involves 5 visits over 8 weeks. Compensation is provided.