Research Projects at the University Health Center

Influenza Research at UHC: Accuracy of Signs and Symptoms for Diagnosis of Influenza

posted 1/9/2017

College of Public Health and UHC are inviting patients 18 years and older who are making their first visit to UHC for cough or suspected influenza to participate in this study. Patients who are severely ill are not eligible.
It will take approximately 30 minutes to participate in this study. During this time, we will use a new, highly accurate flu PCR test. Participants will receive the results from their clinician at the appointment and a $15 Amazon gift card.

Participants will be asked to respond to a survey sent to their UGAMail inbox 5 days after their appointment. Participants who complete the survey will receive a $10 e-gift card to Amazon.
If you are interested in participating, ask your clinic assistant at the start of your appointment.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Mark Ebell
Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health

Influenza Immunization Research Study

posted 1/9/2017

Need a Flu Shot? Get a free one at UGA & be part of important UGA research!
Are you planning on getting the flu vaccine this season? Researchers at the University of Georgia are conducting a study on how the body’s immune system responds to the vaccine.
Participants should:

  • Be between the ages of 18-90 years old
  • Have not yet received the current season flu shot
  • Have not had a prior adverse reaction to the flu shot
  • Have no autoimmune disease diagnoses or severe allergies
  • Have no recent treatment with immunosuppressive or steroid medications
  • Live in the Athens area or surrounding communities

Eligible subjects will receive the influenza vaccination and undergo three blood draws on different days. Subjects will receive the influenza vaccine free of charge and receive $90 for completing the study.
The study will be conducted at the Clinical and Translational Research Unit on the UGA Health Sciences Campus.

Email or call for more information:, 706-713-2721
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ted Ross

Influenza Immunization Research Study Informational Flyer (pdf)

Exercise and Epilepsy Research Study

posted 10/11/2016

We are seeking people diagnosed with Epilepsy and a history of at least one seizure during the past 10 years, aged 18-29.
Individuals will complete the initial online screening (takes approximately 10 minutes) to determine eligibility:
Participants will visit the lab on 3 separate days for 80 minutes each day. Maximal exercise (approximately 20 minutes) and submaximal exercise (approximately 20 minutes) will be performed and computer-based tests will be completed.
Total time is about 4 hours.

Email for more information:
Principal Investigator: Kristen Johnson
Exercise Psychology Laboratory, UGA Department of Kinesiology

Exercise & Epilepsy Research Study Informational Flyer (pdf)