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  • enrollFollow-Up

    Don’t forget to complete your Annual Follow-Up Form when the MURDOCK Study contacts you every year around the anniversary of your enrollment.

  • community iconIn the Community

    The success of the Duke-MURDOCK Study correlates directly to the engagement of community partners and their willingness to actively support this long-term health study.

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  • partnerCollaborators

    The MURDOCK Study offers collaborators a breadth of assets and capabilities developed since the study’s inception in 2007, as detailed in this video.

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  • icons_campusPublications

    The MURDOCK Study is committed to informing participants about all of the latest research findings from study investigators. Publications and abstracts are available here.

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  • MURDOCK Study Data Show Physical Declines Begin Earlier Than Expected

    Physical declines begin sooner in life than typically detected, often when people are still in their 50s, according to a Duke Health study that focused on a large group of U.S. adults across a variety of age groups.

    The finding suggests that efforts to maintain basic strength and endurance should begin before age 50, when it’s still possible to preserve the skills that keep people mobile and independent later in life.

    “Typically, functional tests are conducted on people in their 70s and 80s, and by then you’ve missed 40 years of opportunities to remedy problems,” said Miriam C. Morey, Ph.D., senior fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University School of Medicine. Morey is senior author of research published in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.

    Morey and colleagues studied a group of 775 participants enrolled in the Measurement to Understand the Reclassification of Disease Of Cabarrus/Kannapolis (MURDOCK) Study. The MURDOCK Study is Duke Health’s longitudinal clinical research study based at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, N.C. The MURDOCK community registry and bio-repository includes more than 12,000 participants and nearly 460,000 biological specimens.

    For the MURDOCK Physical Performance Lifespan Study, the Duke-led team enrolled participants ranging in age from their 30s through their 100s, with broad representation across sexes and races.

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  • MURDOCK Study Lead Scientist Addresses Precision Medicine Symposium

    Designed in 2006 to help find a way to tailor treatment to individual patients rather than “one size fits all” medicine, the MURDOCK Study was ahead of its time. Now, in the era of precision medicine, L. Kristin Newby, MD, MHS, leads the initiative aimed at advancing the promise of treatment personalized to a patient’s individual characteristics and environment. Continue reading →

  • New Collaboration: Research in Healthier Food Choices

    MURDOCK Study project leaders are collaborating with the Duke-UNC USDA Center For Behavioral Economics And Healthy Food Choice Research (BECR), which is led by Dr. Matthew Harding, assistant professor of public policy and economics at Duke University. The MURDOCK Study and BECR have implemented a secure data sharing resource to help generate insights and strategize “field-based” research models in the MURDOCK Study geographical area. BECR strives to increase the understanding of how behavioral economics approaches can be used to encourage healthier food choice by addressing consumer, food industry and retail behavior.


  • FARMERS MKTThursday, August 4

    Kannapolis Farmers Market

    Support local growers and enjoy fresh produce, dairy products, baked goods, honey, and crafts! The Kannapolis Farmers Market will be open Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. from May through September.

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  • ReturnFriday, August 5

    Movies In The Park

    The Movies In The Park series continues Friday, July 22 at Village Park in Kannapolis. This free family-fun event begins at 8:45 p.m. and the featured movie this week is Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi.

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  • DDSaturday, September 24

    Duke Dash 5K & Healthfest

    Join us on Sept. 24, 2016 for the Duke Dash 5K & Healthfest at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis! The 5K run will begin at 9 a.m. with registration starting at 8:15 a.m. Register for the run by clicking here: Continue reading →



    The MURDOCK Study partners with the David H. Murdock Research Institute to access world-class technologies and platforms. Click on the logo above to see what other projects the DHMRI is supporting.

  • The Campus

    ncresearchThe North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis is a 350-acre research center located just north of Charlotte, NC. Corporations, universities and healthcare organizations

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  • Duke Health


    duke health logoThe MURDOCK Study is an affiliate of Duke Health. Learn more about the world-class medical research being conducted by Duke Health.