International Mission Teams: Research Participants Needed for Global Health Study


Will you be part of a mission team this year? Emory University's Global Health Department Needs Research Participants

The research team within the Global Health Department at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health are conducting a research study for international travelers, 18 years and older, who are traveling by plane or boat (cruise). The results of this study will be used to develop vaccine recommendations for international travelers.  The research team is working to recruit 538 participants over the next year (until April 2016) and are interested in recruiting teams going out for international mission work.

They are looking for study participants who meet the following criteria:

*             Planning international travel to destinations other than Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand or Japan
*             Planning a cruise with at least one port of call outside the US
*             The trip must be between 3 and 14 days
*             At least 18 years of age
*             Members of travel groups may participate independently of the participation of other group members (ie. OK if even only one person from your group decides to participate in the study)

Participation includes one pre-travel study visit at Emory University or the Travel Well Clinic at Emory Midtown Hospital, collection of pre-travel and post-travel stool samples, completion of a daily diary during travel and 3 post-travel entries, and  follow up phone calls at 3 and 6 months after travel. Study participants will be compensated up to $185 for their time.

Churches are invited to share the attached flyer and information with your Missions Director, mission teams and your congregation.

The study coordinator (Kia Colbert) is available to come to your church to enroll participants, particularly groups of people, and/or give a brief presentation to the missions group and/or pastors. She can be reached at or 470-218-5886.