Project Baseline Health Study

Status: Waitlist

Collecting comprehensive health information to better understand health and the transition to disease.

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General population

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Four-year observational study help_outline

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Durham, NC; Kannapolis, NC; Palo Alto, CA; Los Angeles, CA; more sites coming

Verily logo. Duke University School of Medicine logo. Stanford Medicine logo. Google logo.

Who's eligible

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Age 18 years or older
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Able to speak and read English or Spanish
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U.S. resident
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No known severe allergy to nickel or metal jewelry

What's involved

Attend in-person visits

Once a year, you will come to a Project Baseline study site near you for one to two days of health tests. Note that these are for research purposes and do not serve as medical care.

Complete surveys and health diaries

You'll share insights about your health and habits through surveys in the Project Baseline mobile app once a quarter.

Contribute lifestyle data

You'll use a Study Watch daily and Sleep Sensor nightly to contribute activity and sleep information.


What you'll receive

It feels good to do good! Plus, you'll receive:

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Certain health data and test results that you can share with your doctor

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Compensation for your time and perks for your involvement

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Regular updates on our progress and early insights into discoveries

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Exclusive access to the Project Baseline community and events


Where it is

Duke University School of Medicine

40 Duke Medicine Circle,
Durham, NC 27710
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Duke University School of Medicine

201 Dale Earnhardt Blvd. Suite 300,
Kannapolis, NC 28081
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Stanford Medicine

1070 Arastradero Road,
Palo Alto, CA 94304
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California Health and Longevity Institute

2 Dole Dr,
Westlake Village, CA 91362
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Meet our experts

  • Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD

    Stanford Medicine

    "Most of what we see as treating physicians are snapshots in time after people are already ill. By focusing on health and wellness, we can have a meaningful impact on the well-being of patients around the world."

  • Adrian F. Hernandez, MD, MHS

    Duke University School of Medicine

    "The annual physical exam, aimed at detecting major problems, has been largely unchanged for years and is very limited in preventing future health problems. We're hoping to shift the paradigm to truly deliver preventive, personalized care."

  • Ken Mahaffey, MD

    Stanford Medicine

    "Through longitudinal efforts like the Project Baseline Health Study, we can add to our understanding of the science of health and disease, and gain insights on potential ways to improve care for patients so they can live longer and more productive lives."

  • Jessica Mega, MD, MPH

    Verily

    "There are many signals coming from the human body that have been previously inaccessible. With advanced sensors, tools, and data analytics, we have the opportunity to access and organize these signals—creating a comprehensive map of health that can one day better predict and prevent disease."

  • Svati Shah, MD, MHS

    Duke University School of Medicine

    "Today, we have the ability to measure many aspects of health. What comes next? Understanding connections between the different facets of someone's health, and developing the right tools and technology to use that information. Only then can we start defining what it means to be healthy."


FAQ

How will 10,000 people be selected?

To make a complete map of human health, we need data that is representative of the population. Therefore, we are selecting a sample of people with diverse ages, ethnicities, geographic locations, health histories, and other demographic and medical information using an algorithm. If you are not invited to participate, it likely means that we have already met our requirements for people of your age, location, health status, etc., or that we do not yet have a study site open near you.

Does it cost me anything?

No, you do not have to pay anything to be involved in the Project Baseline Health study.

Is this a way to receive free medical treatment or health advice?

No, you will not receive any free medical treatment or health advice from participating in this study. Any lab results or information that you receive should not be used by you to make medical decisions. You should consult your doctor if you have any questions about personal medical decisions during the course of the study.

Will I have to take new medications or change my current ones?

No, you can continue with any medications or treatments you are already taking. You will not be asked to take new ones, as this is an observational study.

How often do I need to wear the Study Watch?

We ask that you wear the Study Watch during the day, like you would a normal watch or bracelet. It is not waterproof, so you should take it off to bathe or swim and as needed for special occasions.

Will this affect my insurance or medical services?

We will not share any information with your insurance without your consent. You and your doctor will continue to make decisions about your care.

Who has access to my data?

The information you provide will be stored in a secure, encrypted database with restricted access. Members of the Project Baseline team who need to contact you, such as staff at the study site, will have access to directly identifying information (your name, street address, phone number, and email). Please see our Privacy Policy for full details.

Can I see my data?

We believe that it's important to return as much of your information as possible in an ethical, responsible manner and in a format that is interesting and understandable. This may include laboratory tests (such as glucose metabolism), clinical assessments (such as blood pressure), imaging (such as a chest x-ray), and survey data (such as mood or diet). Please note that it may take months or years to return some or all of your information, while we build out the infrastructure and framework to do so. You can read more about this topic in this publication by Project Baseline researchers and this blog post by the co-chair of our Return of Results Committee. In the future, we may also share with you summarized research outcomes from across the study population. However, please also note that research is not the same as medical care. You should not expect to get medical care or advice. If you have questions regarding your data, we encourage you to share it with your primary care or other doctor.

What will you do with my data?

We will use it to expand the Project Baseline database and develop advanced tools for collecting, organizing, and analyzing health information. As well, in partnership with qualified researchers and organizations, we will use the data to uncover new medical insights or develop new health products.

Will Google have access to my data?

While Google provides the computing, storage, analytics, and data handling power, Google will not sell your information for advertising. All your information will be stored in a secure, encrypted database with restricted access.

How will I benefit from this research?

We hope that the Project Baseline Health Study is not only a successful scientific and medical endeavor, but also a rewarding experience for you in a variety of ways, for example, you will have access to certain health data and test results that you can share with your doctor, as well as regular updates. You will be part of the dedicated group of people working on our mission, with opportunities to shape the Project Baseline community over time. Above all, you will help steer the direction of healthcare. Your involvement matters, and we hope you are as excited as we are to take action and tackle the challenge of preventing disease for future generations.

Get in touch

If you have more questions or need assistance, we're happy to help.

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Toll-free at 855-522-7354

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Saturday : 10AM-7PM ET

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