PLASMA study team at UTHSC is now recruiting Memphis teens (ages 12-17 years) with asthma for a summer camp study. We need your help to get the word out.


Dear all UTHSC faculty, staff, and students,

We are now recruiting adolescents who currently have persistent asthma symptoms for the PLASMA research study.

We need you to:

  • Help us spread the word in the Memphis community about the PLASMA study to teachers, parents, teens, providers, community organizations, and churches.
  • Help us directly with recruitment efforts.

While you may not be able to help us directly, you may have colleagues, associates, friends, and/or family members who would be interested in this summer camp and followup program for teens with asthma. Please tell them about our study. See below for further details regarding the PLASMA study.

If you are interested in assisting us or want to learn more about the study, please contact Dr. Mona Wicks, a faculty member in the UTHSC College of Nursing at or 901-448-6250 or Jenn Dolgoff at or 901-448-3083 for more information.

Check out our Memphis PLASMA website, a great resource where any interested parties including teachers, parents, teens, and providers can learn more detailed information about the study and find links to consent forms. The Memphis PLASMA website address is:

To learn more about Dr. Wicks and her prior research, please visit her faculty webpage at:

What is the PLASMA research study?

PLASMA refers to the Peer-Led Asthma Self-Management Program for Adolescents study, which is an NIH-funded project designed to improve asthma self-management skills in teens who currently have

In July 2016, as part of the IRB-approved PLASMA study, we will hold several one-day asthma self-management camps for teens with persistent asthma symptoms at the University of Tennessee Health
Science Center.

We will be recruiting 126 teen “campers” (ages 12-17 years old) who will be taught to better self-manage their asthma either by a trained teen Peer-Leader or by a Health Care Provider at the asthma camps. We will also recruit and train 14 adolescents (ages 16-20 years old) to serve as Peer-Leaders for the study.

After the teens have attended their one-day asthma camps, they will continue participation in the study for 15 months. During this time, they will complete online questionnaires every 3 months about their
asthma-related experiences including quality of life, knowledge, and symptoms. Also during the study, the teens will receive a follow-up
phone call, text message, or email every two months from the Peer-Leader or a Research Assistant.

The teens will receive monetary incentives for their participation in the PLASMA study. The teen campers will be compensated up to $265 for their study participation. The teen Peer-Leaders will be compensated up to $680 for their participation in the PLASMA study.