Your participation in health research is valued.

The Center for Women’s Health Research’s goal is to contribute to health improvements and medical treatments for conditions affecting women exclusively, disproportionately, or differently than men.

CWHR encourages eligible women to participate in quality research at UNC. Involvement benefits not just the participant, but society as a whole. Your inclusion in a study may later benefit the young girl next door or even a village of women across the world. Please note that meeting qualification criteria does not guarantee participation eligibility.

Researchers at UNC are currently recruiting in the following categories:

Principal Investigator: Dr. Wanda Nicholson, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Women’s Primary Health

Recruitment Length: 2 years

Study Brief: The long-term goal of this project is to enable women with uterine fibroids, particularly minority and low-income women and childbearing age women to make informed decisions about management options based on the highest possible quality evidence. To help achieve this objective, UNC is 1 of 10 centers that will create a multi-center registry of a geographically, racially, ethnically, and clinically diverse group of women with uterine fibroids.

You may be qualified if the following applies to you:

  • Have a recent diagnosis of uterine fibroids by a healthcare provider
  • Are between 18 to 54 years of age
  • Are willing to be contacted yearly until the end of the study

Factors that may exclude you from participating:

  • Have already had a hysterectomy or partial hysterectomy (removal of the uterus or womb)
  • Unwilling or unable to be contacted for yearly follow-up data collection until completion of the study
  • Have experienced menopause
  • Suspected or known cancer at any pelvic site (ex. uterus, cervix, ovary, fallopian tubes)

Point of Contact: For more information, contact La-Shell Johnson or Aditi Sundaresan at 919-843-6611 or

Compensation Available: You will receive $10 for completing the baseline visit and survey and $15 for completing the short-term follow-up survey. You will also receive $20 for each of the three annual follow-up surveys that you complete, whether by telephone interviews or online surveys.

Additional Information: Visit the website at or you can also follow us on Twitter @uncfibroidstudy

Principal Investigator: Dr. Susan Girdler, Dept. of Psychiatry

Recruitment Length:Ongoing

Study Brief: If you suffer during the week before menstruation from depression, irritability, anxiety or mood swings, and these symptoms interfere with normal functioning or interpersonal relationships, then you may have a menstrually=related mood disorder such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). You may receive diagnostic feedback on your symptoms and study-related medical evaluations in this study.

Women diagnosed in this study with PMS or PMDD may then be eligible to participate in other research studies designed to give treatment and/or monetary compensation.

You may be qualified if the following applies to you:

1) have mood symptoms only premenstrually and not after the onset of menstruation

2) are medically healthy and not currently suffering from some other chronic psychiatric condition

3) are 18 – 50 years of age with regular menstrual cycles

4) are not taking any medications, including antidepressants and birth control pills

Point of Contact: For more information, contact Khanh Nguyen at 919-966-2547 or

Compensation Available: Up to $520

Additional Information:

The Pelvic Floor Disorder Core has several studies currently recruiting participants. Visit the core page here.

Principal Investigator: Crystal Schiller, PhD; Department of Psychiatry

Recruitment Length: ongoing through 2019

PEERS StudyStudy Brief: The UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders is seeking women to be part of a research study. The PEERS study involves wearing a low-dose estrogen patch for 3 weeks, having 2 brain scans, and coming to UNC for a total of 6 appointments.

You may be qualified if the following applies to you:

  • You are between the ages of 44-55
  • Your period has recently become irregular
  • Your last period was less than 12 months ago

Point of Contact: For more information or to see if you are eligible for the PEERS study, please call our study coordinator at (919) 966-5243, email Erin Richardson at

Compensation Available: $500 for completing the full enrollment protocol.

Additional Information:

Principal Investigators: Elizabeth Cox, MD

Study Brief: The purpose of this research study is to investigate a new treatment for postpartum depression

You may be qualified if the following applies to you:

  • Healthy women between the ages of 18-45
  • Between 0-12 months postpartum
  • Uncomplicated delivery of a healthy singleton
  • Currently depressed – EPDS score >12
  • Interested in a non-medical treatment for depression
  • Not on antidepressants

Exclusion criteria:

  • Past or currentdiagnosesof bipolar disorder, psychosis, seizures, stroke, severe headaches or traumatic brain injury
  • Current diagnosis of substance abuse, eating disorder, PTSD, or active suicidal ideation
  • Pregnancy
  • Metal or magnetic objects in body

Point of Contact: For more information, contact Brenda Pearson, LCSW at 919-843-8084, or email at

Compensation Available: All office visits, medical evaluations, and rTMS treatments related to this study will be provided at no cost to patients. Childcare may be provided. Participants will receive $250 compensation upon completion of all study visits.

Please consider visiting the following links to learn more about what it means to participate in a study:

All research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is reviewed by a committee that works to protect your rights and welfare. For more information, please contact the IRB and Office of Human Research Ethics at 919-966-3113