Cardiovascular Research Studies

Participate in a Cardiovascular Research Study

Research is central to the work we do at the University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center (CVC), and you have an important role to play.

If you or someone in your family is interested in becoming a research study participant by helping to advance the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, please:

At the Forefront of Cardiovascular Research 

During the next five years, researchers at the U-M Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) will receive significant National Institutes of Health funding to continue their work to understand the mechanisms underlying life-threatening cardiac rhythm disturbances and diseases of vessels of the heart and brain, as well as diseases of the hearts valves, muscle, and electrical system. 

They’re working on developing new techniques in stem cell research, and laser technologies to improve mapping of cardiac electrophysiology and the future treatment of cardiac arrhythmias.Our scientists and physicians are collaborating across disciplines to fulfill the Frankel Cardiovascular Center's mission of discovering new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease—the leading cause of death around the world.

We’re making important advances in understanding such things as:

The CVRC team’s work is expected to redefine what’s known about preventing and treating cardiovascular disease – but they can’t do it without your help. 

More About Becoming a Cardiovascular Research Volunteer

Physicians who treat serious illnesses rely upon new discoveries in order to save lives. Without research volunteers, there can be no progress in the fight against cardiovascular disease. Our research studies need all types of volunteers, from those who live with or have a family history of specific conditions to those who are healthy.

By participating in these research studies you may gain access to treatments that are not yet available, learn more about prevention and actively contribute to the next cardiovascular health discovery, which could help generations to come.  

Making sure participants are safe is the top priority in all research studies. For example, before any research study can start at the University of Michigan, it must be approved by a team of doctors, experts and community members called the Institutional Review Board.

Contact the Cardiovascular Research Coordinator

From Katie Wopinsky, U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center Research Coordinator:

Your questions, concerns, and comments about participating in research at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center are my top priorities. My role is to explain all aspects of the study in an easy to understand way.  This includes: why the study is being performed, who can be included, and what exactly is involved if you decide to take part.

To learn more about participating in a clinical study at the Frankel CVC, please contact me at 1-888-286-4420 or by email at

For more information about Katie Wopinsky, visit the Meet the Cardiovascular Research Coordinator page.