Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — So far 1,500 people have signed up for the {a href="external_link-1"}}MURDOCK Study. Only 48,500 to go.

The study, which stands for Measurement to Understand Reclassification of Disease of Cabarrus/Kannapolis, aims to find new ways to diagnose and treat chronic disease by studying human health at the molecular level.

It was created in September 2007, when Duke University received a $35 million gift from David H. Murdock, owner of Dole Food and Castle & Cooke. Murdock is developing the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, and Duke is one of the partners.

The first MURDOCK Study participant was enrolled in February 2009. The study is working toward enrolling 50,000 local residents of Kannapolis and Cabarrus County.