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Listed below are several healthy volunteer studies that are currently recruiting through the Research Participant Registry. If you are interested in hearing more about one or more of the studies listed below, please contact the Research Participant Registry at 1-866-438-8230 or via e-mail researchregistry@hs.pitt.edu.

ROSE Study University of Pittsburgh PRO14070387
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are looking for volunteers to participate in ROSE, a study designed to help them understand what is most important to midlife women’s sexual satisfaction. Eligible participants are between the ages of 45 and 60, and have been sexually active in the past 12 months. Study involves a 1-2 hour interview or focus group. Participants will be compensated.

Child Brain Development Study – Healthy Adults Ages 18-45 University of Pittsburgh PRO12010502A
Are you a healthy adult between the ages of 18-45? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study investigating the developing brain. Participants must be free of mental and physical disorders and must be able to complete an MRI scan. Flexible hours! Compensation is provided.

ESSENCE Study – Healthy African-American Men Ages 18-26 University of Pittsburgh PRO11060569B
Are you a mentally healthy African-American man who is between the ages of 18-26? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to examine normal brain function. Involves a screening visit and one study visit. The screening visit includes a review of your medical records, a brief IQ test, and a psychiatric interview. Study includes cognitive tests, interviews and a MRI. Compensation provided.

Cancer Survivorship Self-Advocacy Study University of Pittsburgh PRO12110062
Are you a female cancer survivor? If so, you are invited to complete a confidential questionnaire about how women with cancer stand up for themselves against the challenges of cancer. The questionnaire can either be completed online or sent through U.S. Mail to you, and will take about one hour of your time to complete. Compensation provided.

Solve-IT Study University of Pittsburgh PRO14010101
Are you between the ages of 65 and 75 years old? Do you have difficulty climbing a flight of stairs or walking for 15 minutes? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study on genetics and aging. This study involves 1 visit, which will take approximately 4 hours of your time. Participants will be compensated and will receive a parking voucher.

My Life Check Study University of Pittsburgh PRO14030656
Are you an overweight or obese adult between the ages of 18 and 35? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to examine if an intervention based on the American Heart Association’s My Life Check website can help adults improve their dietary and physical activity habits. Must have phone and Internet access. Participation will last up to 12 weeks. Compensation provided.

Beta Testing a Context-Aware Mobile Application for Smoking Cessation PRO14010578
Are you a current smoker between the ages of 18 and 75? Do you smoke at least 10 cigarettes per day? If so, you may be eligible for a study to test a new mobile smartphone app called QuitNinja that is being designed to help smokers quit. Smartphone and one-month data plan provided by the study and participant may keep the smartphone after the study ends. 3 study visits. Compensation provided.

Balance Study – Healthy Seniors PRO13020580B
Researchers are conducting a study of the effects of visual fields on standing balance. You may be eligible if you are between the ages of 65 and 85 years old and have not been diagnosed with vision problems. Participation will require 2 study visits lasting up to 3 hours each. Participants will be compensated and will be reimbursed for parking.

Pulmonary Study University of Pittsburgh PRO10060177
We would like to study lung function in men between the ages of 40 and 65 years old. Participants will complete a questionnaire, participate in pulmonary function testing, provide a blood specimen, provide a sputum specimen, and have fat tissue biopsied (optional). Participants can be current smokers or have a history of smoking. Compensation provided.

Communication Research Study – Healthy Volunteers University of Pittsburgh PRO11120221B
Are you a native English speaker who is between the ages of 50 and 85 years old? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study on how people understand sentences. Participation consists of either one or two sessions lasting between one and two hours, and, if eligible, a neuroimaging session. Compensation provided.

Audibility and Second Language Processing University of Pittsburgh PRO14010542
Are you between the ages of 18 and 35? Are you either an English speaker who is proficient in speaking Spanish, or a native Spanish speaker who is proficient in speaking English? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help determine the effects on memory resulting from a lack of hearing with persons who are native and non-native speakers of Spanish. One study visit.

UPMC Brain Development Study - Ages 18-30 University of Pittsburgh PRO10090478B
Are you a relatively healthy 18 year old woman OR 25 year old man? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to learn more about how the brain develops. The study involves questionnaires, computer games, and brain scans completed during three 2-hour sessions at our laboratory and at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Participants will be compensated. Parking is provided.

StayQuit Moms University of Pittsburgh PRO10080532
Are you a new mom who quit smoking for pregnancy and now want to stay smoke-free? If so, you may be eligible to participate in an Internet-based program to help women avoid resuming use of tobacco after giving birth. The program is free, available 24/7, confidential and easy to use!

Glasses Study University of Pittsburgh PRO14050289
Are you between the ages of 40 and 50 and do you plan to start wearing progressive lens glasses for the first time OR are you between the ages of 70 and 80 and you have been wearing progressive lens glasses for at least 1 year? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study looking at the effects of progressive lens glasses on balance. Involves 2-3 visits. Compensation provided.

Genetics of Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Healthy Volunteers University of Pittsburgh IRB0503185
Are you a healthy, white individual between the ages of 18 and 35? If so, you may be eligible to help researchers understand the genetics of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Researchers hope to identify IBD-causing genes, which determine a person’s make-up and inherited traits. Involves one study visit, participants will be asked to give approximately 4 tbsp. of blood. Compensation provided.

Light Therapy for Bipolar Disorder – Healthy Volunteers PRO14010387B
Are you a mentally healthy adult between the ages of 18 and 70 years old? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study that is looking at the effects of light therapy on vision and brain activity in patients with bipolar disorder compared to healthy volunteers. Participation lasts up to 6 weeks. Compensation provided.

SPECC- Study of Personality, Emotion & Cognitive Control – Healthy Volunteers PRO13010486C
Are you relatively healthy and between the ages of 18 and 25 years old? If so, you may be eligible for a study that is looking at how brain changes in teens and young adults are related to the development of emotion regulation and cognitive control. Participation involves interviews, questionnaires, computer tasks and a MRI. Study involves 6 visits over a year. Compensation provided.

Military Couples Sleep Study PRO11040328
Researchers are investigating how sleep affects relationships and health in military couples. Participants must be between 18-50 years old, married or living together and at least one member of the couple must have served in OEF/OIF/OND. Both members must be willing to participate. Compensation and parking provided.

Biomarkers in the HPA axis for depression and posttraumatic stress disorder - healthy volunteers PRO13100367A
Are you a relatively healthy married adult who has dependent children? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to learn more about biological factors related to depression and posttraumatic stress disorder in adults. This study involves 2 visits, six months apart. Participants will be compensated.

MTN-024: Vaginal Ring Study PRO13040359
Are you a postmenopausal woman between 45 and 65 years old? If so, you may be eligible for a research safety study of a vaginal ring to prevent HIV. Women will have 5 visits at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and will complete 2 phone calls over approximately 5 months. Compensation is provided.

Insomnia and Cardiovascular Health Study – Healthy Volunteers PRO13070559B
Are you a good sleeper? If so, and if you are you between the ages of 18 and 50, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help better understand the relationship between sleep and cardiovascular risk in adults with insomnia versus those without insomnia. Participation involves 3 study visits, including one overnight sleep and heart health assessment. Compensation is provided.

Foot Neuromodulation for Overactive Bladder (OAB) PRO13020474
Do you have an overactive bladder (OAB), but are otherwise healthy? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to determine the effect of electrical foot stimulation on OAB symptoms. Participants will be enrolled in either one or both of the two study groups. Participants will be compensated for completing the study.

FAME 04 PRO13080462
Are you a healthy non-pregnant woman between the ages of 18 and 45 years old? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to evaluate the safety of an investigational vaginal gel and film. The study involves a screening visit to determine eligibility. Women who are found to be eligible will have 3 additional clinic visits. Participants will be compensated.

Family Caregiving Video Study PRO11050668
This study explores how family caregivers deal with behaviors associated with memory loss. A wearable camera system captures daily interaction between family caregivers and persons with memory loss, as a basis for discussion of new ways of handling difficult behaviors. All study activities take place in participants’ homes, and at participants’ convenience. Compensation is provided.

MAINTAIN-PC: A computer-based weight maintenance study in primary care PRO13020257
Have you lost weight using healthy lifestyle changes in the past 2 years and want to keep it off? Researchers are working with doctors in participating UPMC primary care offices to investigate how technology can help support successful maintenance of a healthy body weight.

ENT Research – Ragweed Study PRO13040368A
Do you have ragweed allergy? Are you a relatively healthy adult between the ages of 18 and 50? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to determine if allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy) increases the rate of blood-flow in the lining of the middle ear. This study requires three visits to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Compensation provided.

CHIC II Study PRO11120183
Are you a generally healthy woman between the ages of 18 and 34 years old who has regular periods? If so, and if you are not pregnant or currently using hormones for birth control, you may be eligible to participate in a study to better understand how birth control affects the immune cells within the reproductive tract. Compensation is provided.

SANDIA Asthma Study PRO12030170
Asthma Institute researchers are seeking volunteers for an asthma study to learn how weight and a dietary supplement typically found in watermelon (Citrulline) may relate to asthma. You may be eligible if you are: 18 and older, healthy (except for a diagnosis of asthma), overweight, and tobacco free. Study includes 3-4 office visits at UPMC Montefiore in Oakland. Compensation and parking provided.

SFeRe Study PRO11010529
Do you sleep well? Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are enrolling healthy men and women between the ages of 18 and 30 for an on-campus research study. Study involves 2 in person evaluations, 3 in lab sleep studies, and 4 MRIs. Compensation and parking provided.

CAM for Perceived Low Milk Supply PRO12070146
If you have given birth, are in the first three weeks of nursing and feel that your breast milk supply is low, you may be able to participate in a study to see if meditation or herbal supplements can improve your feelings about breast milk supply. You will receive either meditation or an herbal supplement, home visits, follow up phone calls and must record the baby’s weight. Compensation provided.

POF Study – Healthy Controls PRO09080427
Are you a woman who has reached (or will reach) menopause after the age of 46? Do you have at least 1 live born child? Or have you chosen not to have children due to personal and not medical reasons? If so, you may be eligible for a study to learn more about the genetics of Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI). POI causes premature menopause and infertility. There is one study visit at Magee.

HIV Prevention Research Registry PRO11110371
Are you interested in learning about HIV prevention research studies taking place at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC? If so, you can join the HIV Prevention Research Registry. HIV prevention registry members may be contacted by registry staff members about studies for which they appear to qualify. Eligible participants are ages 18 and older.

MTN-017 PRO12080047
Are you a HIV-negative man or transgender woman who is age 18 or older? Have you had at least one experience of receptive anal sex in the last 90 days? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study that is looking at the safety and acceptability of Truvada tablets and tenofovir microbicide gel. Participation lasts approximately 8 months and involves 10 study visits. Compensation provided.

Communal Health Interactions in Couples Study (CHOICES) PRO12070370
A CMU/Pitt couples research study is looking for couples (married or living together for at least 2 years) with one partner diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the past two years (spouse/partner does NOT have diabetes). Study involves interviews, conversations and answering questions about diabetes. Study location is flexible. Participants will be compensated.

TrialNet-Pathway to Prevention - Age 18-45 PRO10080594A
Are you between the ages of 18 and 45, with a relative who has Type 1 diabetes (T1D)? If so, you may be eligible to be screened for T1D studies, with the goal of preventing T1D in the future. With a blood test, doctors can determine if an individual is at risk for T1D years before symptoms occur. Those at increased risk for T1D may be eligible to join studies that may prevent or delay T1D.

WEPOD Study PRO12030433
Are you a woman with a diagnosis of epilepsy between the ages of 18-40 who is planning to get pregnant? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers evaluate if it is more difficult for women with epilepsy to become pregnant than healthy women without epilepsy, and to compare seizure frequency in women with epilepsy before and during pregnancy. Compensation provided.

Severe Asthma Research Program-SARP 3-Adults PRO12070359B
Are you an adult in general good health, except for a diagnosis of asthma? If so, and if you are a non-smoker (or have less than 5 years of smoking), you may be eligible to participate in an Asthma Institute study to help researchers learn more about severe asthma by comparing people with severe asthma to those with milder forms of asthma over time. Participants will be compensated.

Venous Genetic Study - Healthy Volunteers PRO10120155
Are you a relatively healthy adult age 50 or older who does not have varicose veins and is not taking steroids (i.e., prednisone)? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a genetic study about vein disease. Study involves a medical history, a review of your circulatory function, one blood draw, a free meal ticket and a free15 minute vein ultrasound exam of both legs.

Oral Microbiome and Digestive Diseases PRO12070179
If you are at least 18 years of age and do NOT have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), you may be eligible to participate in a study to test if the types of bacteria in the mouth influence inflammatory bowel disease. Participants will visit the Dental CTRC in Salk Hall for a one hour study visit to have a panoramic radiograph (x-ray) taken, undergo a brief gum exam, and provide some saliva.

MS Heart Study PRO11030484
University of Pittsburgh researchers are looking for healthy women ages 40-60 for a research study designed to look at risk factors for cardiovascular disease. This research study includes: wearing study monitors, a fasting blood draw, completing diaries, questionnaires and ultrasounds of arteries in the arm and neck. Compensation is provided.

Imaging of Cortical Dopamine Transmission in Alcohol Dependence – Healthy Smokers PRO08070098B
Healthy smokers needed for brain imaging study. Are you a man or a woman between the ages of 18 and 40 years old? Do you smoke? If so, you may be eligible to participate in this study which involves questionnaires, interviews and brain scanning (1-MRI, 2-PET scans). Participants must be medication-free (birth control acceptable). Compensation provided.

Imaging of Cortical Dopamine Transmission in Alcohol Dependence PRO08070098A
Are you a man or a woman between the ages of 18 and 40 years old? Do you currently have, or have you had in the past, a problem with alcohol? If so, you may be eligible to participate in this brain imaging research study. This study involves questionnaires, interviews and brain scanning (1-MRI, 2-PET scans). Participants must be medication-free (birth control acceptable). Compensation provided.

Novel Diagnostics Optical Coherence 0309020
Are you a healthy adult with healthy vision, OR do you have one of the following eye diseases: pre-LASIK procedure, Fuch’s Dystrophy or glaucoma? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to evaluate a new imaging technology called Ultra-High Resolution Optical Coherence Tomography (UHR OCT).

To find out about the Research Participant Registry and opportunities to participate in research studies (or to withdraw from the Registry),
contact researchregistry@hs.pitt.edu or call 1-866-438-8230.
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