Current Research Studies

“EMBARK: Exploring Massage Benefits in Arthritis of the Knee”
(NIH/NCCAM funded) In collaboration with UMDNJ and Yale, EMBARK is a randomized controlled trial comparing  the effectiveness of Swedish massage and light touch bodywork in reducing pain and increasing function of adults with osteoarthritis of the knee. READ MORE. For more information, please contact Teresa Keever at 919-660-6681 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also view more information about the study at ClinicalTrials.gov

"Stress Reduction Study"
(NIH/NCCAM funded) Healthy volunteers between 18 and 65 years old are needed for a research study on stress reduction.  Participants must be healthy, not taking medication regularly, and not practicing meditation more than once a month.  Participation includes an eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course at no cost and four laboratory visits at Duke Medical Center.  For more information, please contact Dennis Carmody at 919-660-6770 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Pro00025227) READ MORE. You can also view more information about the study at ClinicalTrials.gov

“New Therapies for Patients With Severe Tinnitus”(NIH/NIDCD) The goal of the study is to determine if an integrative medicine approach which targets treatment of the non-auditory aspects of tinnitus suffering is more effective in alleviating tinnitus symptoms when added to current commonly applied SBE (sound based and education therapies), compared with SBE alone. You can view more information about the study at ClinicalTrials.gov

"Awareness Study
(NIH/NHLBI funded) The Awareness Study is looking for non-smoking volunteers (aged 25-70) to participate in a research study comparing the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based meditation intervention with personalized health planning for support and guided education in reducing psychological stress and blood sugar. The study includes a 22-week group sessions and 3 laboratory visits with compensation up to $500. To participate you must be pre-diabetic. For more information, please contact Tracey Hawkins at 919-684-8667 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  You can also view more information about the study at http://sites.duke.edu/awarenessstudy/ or ClinicalTrials.gov.

"EMPOWER: Enhancing Maintenance for the Prevention Of Weight Regain"
(NIH/NCCAM funded) This two-site randomized, controlled trial is being conducted in collaboration with Michael Baime, MD at the University of Pennsylvania. It compares two innovative interventions for long-term maintenance of significant weight loss.

"Brain Effects Related to Participation in a Weight Loss Maintenance Program"
(NIH/NCCAM-funded) Also in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, this study uses functional MRI measures to test potential shifts in brain response to food and eating cues as a function of the EMPOWER interventions for a subset of the sample at the University of Pennsylvania site.

"Adherence Starts with Knowledge: Phase II Diabetes Coaching Study"
(GlaxoSmithKline funded). This randomized control trial examines the impact of six months of integrative health coaching on medication adherence and lifestyle change in a diabetic population.

Integrative Health Coaching and Positive Health Behavior: A Pilot Study with Undergraduates

(Funded by Duke IM, Student Health, and Student Affairs) To test the feasibility and efficacy of a health coaching intervention to existing student health issues.

 
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