Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine are doing a study about the health and well-being of teenagers, called Project MARVEL. This unique study isn’t happening anywhere else in the country.

What is this study about?
The goal of the study is to better understand adolescents’ health and well-being, including how vaping impacts the development of teens’ brain, heart and lungs. 

Who are we looking for?
We will invite high school students who are currently enrolled in one of the partnering schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School (WS/FCS) district to participate in a brief in-school survey.
What is required?
Initially, students will be invited to participate in a brief, 3- to 5-minute online School-Based Survey during the school day. The survey assesses students’ health, well-being, and demographics on a secure website. 

Students might be eligible for additional studies within Project MARVEL. 

If a student completes the School-Based Survey, do they have to complete additional portions of the study? 
No, all portions of this study are optional for those who qualify. A student can complete just the School-Based Survey.

How to participate? 
Before students are invited to participate in the School-Based Survey, parents/guardians will receive a letter from their child’s school that describes the study. If a parent/guardian is comfortable with their child volunteering to participate in the School-Based Survey, they do not have to do anything. 

If a parent/guardian does not want their child to volunteer to participate in the School-Based Survey, then they can go to a website to provide their child’s name, school, grade, and student ID number so that the research team can ensure they do not complete the School-Based Survey.

Is the survey confidential?
Protecting participant data and keeping survey answers private is our most important job. When students take the survey, their record will be saved under a unique ID number that only the research team can see. Their survey responses will be kept on a secure and password-protected server at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Only members of the Project MARVEL research team will be able to see their answers. No one else will have access to students’ survey answers - not parents or guardians and not anyone from the school, including principals, teachers, or coaches. Students can answer honestly and not worry about anyone finding out what they said.

Who supports Project MARVEL? 
Project MARVEL is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P01CA269048 and contributions from the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center.