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research opportunities

Research is how we find new, innovative ways to preserve your health and promote the health of our community. Trillium Health is proud to partner with many community organizations that conduct research in Rochester and the Finger Lakes. Check out the studies below to learn more!

If you have questions about a particular study, please contact the organization conducting the research. For general questions about partnering with Trillium Health for research opportunities, please contact Shealynn Hilliard at

Project Transcendence

If you are at least 18 years old and identify as a black transgender woman, you may be eligible for this study.

Project Transcendence aims to understand different factors that can influence engagement in HIV prevention behaviors among Black transgender women. The goal of the study is to develop a program designed to better support Black transgender women's use of HIV prevention tools. Participation involves completing 3 online surveys over 3 months and you will be compensated. If you are interested in learning more, please complete a brief screening survey here.

For more information, please contact the Project Transcendence study team at


Dental Connections Study

If you are at least 18 years old and living with HIV/AIDS, you may be eligible for this study.

The Dental connections study aims to assess People Living With HIV/AIDS for dental problems such as gum disease, cavities, etc., and/or mental health issues like depression, anxiety, etc. and refer all participants who screen positive for oral diseases and/or for mental illness for further evaluation. Participation involves attending two visits six months apart. At each visit, you’ll be asked to complete a set of survey questions, have a dental exam, and provide a saliva sample. The study staff will help you coordinate your dental care as needed.

If you are interested in participating or want more information, please call the University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health team at (585)275-5007.