Genetic Research

Genetic Research Study: IL 29 & IL28B Variants (KTM)

We are currently recruiting participants for a study involving how certain proteins affect periodontal status. If you qualify to be in the study, participation will include 7 visits over a 35-day period. All visits will be carried out at the General and Oral Health Center, located within the UNC School of Dentistry.

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • are 25 year-old or older
  • are a non-smoker
  • are generally healthy
  • do not require antibiotics prior to dental treatment
  • have at least 20 teeth

Participants that complete this study will receive up to $240.00, free dental cleaning, and free parking vouchers for each visit.

If interested, please contact the GO Health Center:
919.537.3424 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Approved by the UNC Biomedical IRB | UNC IRB #15-0637


Genetic Research Study: IL-37 (ITS)

We are currently recruiting participants for a study investigating a new anti-inflammatory protein and its role in the oral cavity.

Upon qualifying to participate, 1-9 visits scheduled over a 6-month period to the GO Health Center, located within the UNC School of Dentistry, will be required. Subject samples, such as saliva, dental plaque, gingival crevicular fluid, and blood will be collected with participation in the study. Gingival tissue biopsies may be taken as part of this study; however, the subject has the choice to opt out of this procedure.

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • are a Caucasian between the ages of 18 and 65
  • have 20 teeth, excluding wisdom teeth
  • do not have chronic disease with oral manifestations, including diabetes mellitus
  • do not require antibiotics prior to dental treatment
  • are not pregnant or planning a pregnancy within the next several months

Participants that complete this study will receive a free dental examination and cleaning, free parking vouchers for each visit, a $30.00 gift card for each blood sample (maximum of 4), and $150.00 for participating in an optional gum tissue biopsy.

If interested, please contact the GO Health Center:
919.537.3424 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are currently a patient of any dental clinic within the UNC School of dentistry, please consult with your dental health provider prior to enrollment in this study.

Approved by the UNC Biomedical IRB on 05/07/2015 | UNC IRB #15-0335