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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.

Health Valuation Study University of Pittsburgh PRO14110193
Are you an adult age 18 or older who is comfortable communicating with others in English? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers understand how the general public values health-related quality of life. Study involves an interview to compare different descriptions of health. This interview will be video recorded. Only one study visit. Compensation provided.

ACE 2 Study – ADD/ADHD University of Pittsburgh PRO13020064A
Are you a man between the ages of 21 & 35 who has consumed alcohol in the past month? Did you have ADD/ADHD or behavioral or attention problems in school or at home as a child? If so, you may be eligible to participate in an alcohol research study. This study involves 2 visits and follow-up questionnaires. Compensation provided.

ACE 2 Study – Healthy Volunteer University of Pittsburgh PRO13020064B
Are you a man between the ages of 21 and 35 years old who has consumed alcohol in the past month? If so, you may be eligible to participate in an alcohol research study. This study involves 2 visits and follow-up questionnaires. Compensation provided.

Light Therapy for Bipolar Disorder – Healthy Volunteers PRO14010387B
Are you a mentally healthy adult between the ages of 20 and 60 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.

The Couples Study University of Pittsburgh PRO12030125
Researchers are conducting a study to help determine the relationship between particular personality traits, emotion, and how individuals interact with people close to them. Eligible participants are between ages 18-40, are married or in a romantic relationship, and at least one partner in the relationship is currently receiving mental health treatment. Compensation provided.

Healthy Volunteers Needed for Parkinson’s Disease Study University of Pittsburgh PRO14110050B
Are you a relatively healthy adult age 50 and older? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study as a healthy volunteer to help researchers understand the role of Parkinson’s disease in patients which may lead to future blood tests to help diagnose and detect disease progression earlier. Study involves 3 visits over 1 year. Study visits will last less than 1 hour. Compensation provided.

Smoking Cessation Study University of Pittsburgh PRO14100229
Do you want to quit smoking in 2015? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers determine the effectiveness of a text messaging program aimed at helping adult smokers quit. Participants are between ages 18-30, smoke cigarettes every day, want to quit smoking, and use a mobile phone that can receive text messages. Study will last about 6 weeks. Compensation provided.

Smoking Study University of Pittsburgh PRO14030573
Relatively healthy smokers who want to try new cigarettes that may or may not lead to reduced smoking are wanted for a research study. This is NOT a treatment or smoking cessation study. Involves 10 in-person study visits. Evening study appointments available. Compensation provided.

Pitt Retiree Study: Group Lifestyle Balance University of Pittsburgh PRO12050022
Are you between the ages of 65 to 80 years old, overweight or obese and at risk for type 2 diabetes? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to examine the benefits of a healthy lifestyle/weight management program. Participation involves 12 weekly in-person group sessions, follow-ups via mail or phone, and health screenings. Compensation provided.

ENT Research Fly/Dive Healthy Adults University of Pittsburgh PRO13040671E
Are you between the ages of 18-50 years old and do you scuba dive or travel frequently in an airplane without having ear pain or problems? If so you may be eligible to participate in a study to help determine if new tests of Eustachian tube function can identify persons who will experience ear pain/problems when exposed to rapid changes in air pressure. One visit. Compensation provided.

Social stressors, air pollution, and cancer in Allegheny County University of Pittsburgh PRO14070250
Do you live in one of the following Pittsburgh neighborhoods: Hazelwood-Glenfield, Highland Park, Homewood, North Side, South Side, or Squirrel Hill? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a focus group to help researchers understand how neighborhood stressors may differ across the city of Pittsburgh, and how they may be related to environmental pollution and health. Compensation provided.

CMU Smoking Study Carnegie Mellon University HS14-500
Smokers wanted to participate in a research study at Carnegie Mellon University. Eligible participants are between the ages of 18-50 years old, in good health, and willing to not smoke or use nicotine products before one study session. Involves two study visits. Compensation provided.

Sleep in Relation to Positive/Negative Affect Systems (SIRA) University of Pittsburgh PRO14040026
Are you right-handed and between the ages of 18-30? If so, you may be eligible for a study to help researchers understand how sleep relates to the way your brain controls emotion, or affect. Study involves interviews, questionnaires, diaries, actigraphy, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies. Compensation provided.

Healthy Brain Research Study University of Pittsburgh PRO14070229
Are you an adult who does NOT exercise regularly and who is between the ages of 65 and 85 years old? Are you able to safely participate in moderate intensity exercise? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to examine the effect of physical activity on brain health, cognitive tasks, and measures of cardiovascular health. Study will last 6 months. Compensation provided.

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.

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.

Pulmonary Study - African American Men and Women Ages 35-65 University of Pittsburgh PRO10060177
African American men and women between the ages of 35 and 65 years old needed for lung function study. Participants will complete a questionnaire, participate in pulmonary function testing, provide a blood specimen, provide a sputum specimen, and have fat tissue biopsied (optional). Men must be current or former smokers and women must be currently 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.

UPMC Brain Development Study - Ages 18-30 University of Pittsburgh PRO10090478B
Are you relatively healthy and between the ages of 18-30? 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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