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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.

CMU Hunger Study Carnegie Mellon University HS15-344
Are you between 18-30 years old, free from food allergies, and in good physical health? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers understand people’s hunger levels. Study involves 1 in-person study visit that will last about 1 hour. Participant must be willing to NOT eat for at least 4 hours before study visit. Compensation provided.

Sleep and Cognition Study University of Pittsburgh PRO14010270
Are you 55 or older? Do you have trouble staying asleep at night? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to see how sleep benefits cognition and brain function. Involves two sleep studies, cognitive tests, and MRI scans. Study duration is 17 days. Compensation provided.

Seasonality Study-Healthy Women University of Pittsburgh PRO08100337C
Seeking healthy women between ages 18 and 65 years old who do NOT have a history of major depressive disorder. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of environmental light from the sun and lamps in our homes and offices on our moods, energy level, and sleep. Total participation involves six visits across a year, and compensation is provided.

The Indian Healthy Relationships Study University of Pittsburgh PRO15080066
Are you a Hindu Asian Indian-born woman who is a U.S. citizen and lives in Allegheny County or surrounding counties? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help investigators understand how women think about, experience, and respond to conflict in relationships. Participation involves completing several surveys and an interview. Compensation provided.

Childhood Cavity Study – Pregnant Women Needed! University of Pittsburgh PRO09090132
Are you Caucasian and in your first or second trimester of pregnancy? Are you healthy enough to undergo a dental exam? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers investigate the early development of childhood cavities. Study participation involves several interviews and visits for you and your baby. Participants will be compensated.

Characteristics of Active Smokers Carnegie Mellon University HS15-413
Are you a cigarette smoker who is between the ages of 18-50 years old? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers understand the characteristics of smokers. Study involves two visits on the Carnegie Mellon University campus. Must be willing to not smoke or use nicotine products before one session. Compensation is provided.

CMU SMART Study Carnegie Mellon University HS15-113
Are you an adult who is in generally good mental and physical health, but who is feeling stressed? Do you own a smartphone? If so, you may be eligible to participate in an eight-week training program for stress reduction and well-being. Participants must be available for about 10 weeks to complete study activities and training. Compensation provided.

Acculturation of Arab-American Women University of Pittsburgh PRO15100191
Researchers are interested in exploring how Arab-American women adjust to culture in the United States. Eligible participants for this study are Arab-American women (with two Arab parents) of any generational group (1st, 2nd or more) who have been living in the U.S. and are married to an Arab spouse, or are divorced from an Arab spouse, or are living/have lived with an Arab male partner.

Balance and Vestibular Exercises Study – Men Ages 60-85 University of Pittsburgh PRO13090034A
Are you a healthy man between the ages of 60 and 85 years old? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study that is looking at the effect of age and difficulty of balance exercises on the amount of postural sway produced in healthy adults. Study may include up to 3 visits, each last about 2 hours. Compensation provided.

Balance and Vestibular Exercises Study – Women Ages 75-85 University of Pittsburgh PRO13090034B
Are you a healthy woman between the ages of 75 and 85 years old? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study that is looking at the effect of age and difficulty of balance exercises on the amount of postural sway produced in healthy adults. Study may include up to 3 visits, each last about 2 hours. Compensation provided.

MTN-026/IPM 038: HIV Prevention Study University of Pittsburgh PRO15070591
HIV-negative men and women between the ages of 18-45 are needed for a study that is looking at a microbicide gel to see if this product is safe and acceptable for potential use for HIV prevention. Participants must have had at least one experience of receptive anal sex in the past year. Study participation includes 16 visits to Magee-Womens Hospital over 3 months. Compensation provided.

Decision Processes of Late-Life Suicide – Healthy Volunteers Needed! University of Pittsburgh IRB0407166B
Are you age 60 or older and have no history of any psychiatric disorders? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers understand why some people become depressed and have thoughts of hurting themselves, while others do not. No invasive procedures will be performed. Memory testing performed at no cost. This study involves 2-3 sessions. Compensation provided.

Pulmonary Study University of Pittsburgh PRO10060177
Men and women between the ages of 30 and 70 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). Must be current or former smokers. Compensation provided.

WiseSOVA Study University of Pittsburgh PRO15060158C
Are you the parent of a teen or young adult between the ages of 14-26 who has symptoms of depression or anxiety? If so, you may be able to participate in a study to help design an educational website by contributing feedback, advice and experiences to share with other parents who have been through similar experiences. This study is done entirely online. Compensation provided.

Behavioral Assessment Survey University of Pittsburgh PRO15110133
Healthy participants are needed to complete a short online survey to help researchers understand certain emotions and behaviors among adults. Participants must be fluent in English with NO history of brain injury or neurological condition. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Participants can elect to be entered into a raffle to win a gift card.

Orofacial Cleft Family Study– Healthy Volunteers University of Pittsburgh IRB0607057B
The Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics is recruiting children and adults to participate in a study examining the genetic factors contributing to cleft lip and cleft palate. We are recruiting healthy Caucasian individuals of European descent of both sexes aged 5 to 110, WITHOUT a personal history of cleft lip and/or cleft palate or genetic syndromes to participate.

Sleep and Alcohol Study for Adults Ages 18-22 University of Pittsburgh PRO14040515
Researchers are investigating the relationship between sleep, brain activity, and alcohol use in healthy men and women between the ages of 18-22 years old who consume at least 1 alcoholic drink per week and who are not currently diagnosed with a sleep or psychiatric disorder. Sleep, mood and alcohol use will be tracked for 14 days with 2 overnight stays that include fMRIs. Compensation provided.

EpiPrEP Pitt Pilot Study University of Pittsburgh PRO15010326
Are you a HIV-negative man who has sex with other men? Are you planning on going away on vacation soon? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help investigators test the feasibility and acceptability of short-term PrEP. PrEP is taking medications typically used to treat HIV to help prevent HIV. Compensation provided.

Analysis of EEG swallowing characteristics in healthy people University of Pittsburgh PRO15090249
Looking for healthy male participants ages 18-35 for participation in a swallowing research study! Participants will be outfitted with a throat accelerometer and EEG electrodes and asked to consume various amounts of water as data is obtained. Participants must have NO history of swallowing disorders or abnormal brain activity.

An Ergonomic Comparison of Three Different Patient Transport Wheelchairs Veterans Affairs (VA) Pittsburgh Pro00001295
Do you have at least two years of experience with patient transport (professional or personal caregivers) using wheelchairs? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help investigators find out how patient transport wheelchair design impacts caregivers. Study involves 1 in-person visit lasting up to 4 hours. Compensation provided.

Depression Research Study - Healthy Volunteers University of Pittsburgh PRO14080281B
Are you between the ages of 60 and 80 years old and have NO psychiatric history? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers understand why some people become depressed and have thoughts of hurting themselves, while others do not. This study involves 2-3 sessions totaling between 3-6 hours. Participants will be compensated.

GLB Moves Study University of Pittsburgh PRO13050522
Ready to make healthy lifestyle changes to lower your weight and risk factors for diabetes and heart disease? If you are 40 or older, overweight, and do not have diabetes, you may be eligible to take part in a healthy lifestyle program to help you learn how to safely lose weight, move more, and improve eating habits. Participation involves 22 sessions at community locations and 4-5 simple clinic visits over 1 year.

WELL Study: Promoting Widowed Elders Lifestyle after Loss University of Pittsburgh PRO14110233
Are you 60 years of age or older? Did your spouse or partner pass away within the past 6 months? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers learn about older adults’ health behaviors after they lose their spouse or partner. Participation will last up to 12 months. Compensation provided.

Novel Diagnostics Optical Coherence University of Pittsburgh IRB0309020
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).

Safety and Contraceptive Efficacy of an Intravaginal Ring Over One Year in Healthy Women Copernicus Group Institutional Review Board INC1-15-071
The purpose of this study is to examine the safety and effectiveness of levonorgestrel (LNG), a hormonal contraceptive, delivered by a vaginal ring at preventing pregnancy in women between the ages of 18-35. This study involves using a vaginal ring continuously for a period of 1 year (replaced every 28 days). There are 8 scheduled visits and a follow-up period. Compensation provided.

RAD Study – Healthy Volunteers University of Pittsburgh PRO15010521D
Are you 18 years of age and have no history of or current mental illness or drug and alcohol dependence? Is so, may be eligible to participate in a study about the functioning of the brain and thinking processes. Participation involves psychiatric assessments, paper and pencil testing and EEG. Compensation provided.

Smart Phone Apps Study for Caregivers University of Pittsburgh PRO14120443C
Are you the primary caregiver of an individual with a diagnosis of Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, or Cerebral Palsy? If so, you may be eligible to participate in group discussions with other caregivers on how to best support and prepare individuals with disabilities and chronic disorders to take better care of themselves using technology. Compensation provided.

ENT Research – Healthy Volunteers University of Pittsburgh PRO13040386B
Are you a healthy adult between 18 and 50 years old? Had previous middle-ear disease with or without ear tubes, even as a child? If so, you may be eligible for a study to determine if having nasal allergies increases the rate of blood-flow in the lining of the middle ear. Must have no chronic illnesses or known allergies. Study involves 2 visits to Children’s Hospital. Compensation provided.

Sleep, Circadian Rhythms & Cardiometabolic Risk in Retired Shift Workers University of Pittsburgh PRO14120523A
Researchers are conducting a study to learn more about how sleep, health and functioning are affected by former years of shift work. Eligible participants are age 60 and older and have retired from a job which involved work at night (after midnight) on either a permanent or rotating basis. Compensation provided.

Sleep, Circadian Rhythms & Cardiometabolic Risk in Retired Shift Workers – Retired Day Workers Needed University of Pittsburgh PRO14120523B
Researchers are conducting a study to learn more about how sleep, health and functioning are affected by former years of shift work. Eligible participants are age 60 and older and have retired from a job which did NOT involve work at night (after midnight) on either a permanent or rotating basis. Compensation provided.

The ASSET Study – Age 18 without a family history of mental illness University of Pittsburgh PRO13070299D
Are you 18 years of age and without a family history of mental disorders? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help further the understanding of social cognition and the effects of daily stressors. Teens must have no diagnosis of mental health or substance abuse issues. Involves 4 sessions held in Oakland. A parent must participate, too. Compensation provided.

ICU StoryWeb Study University of Pittsburgh PRO15030503
Have you participated in a decision about life-support for a loved one in the intensive care unit (ICU)? You may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers develop a website that will allow people who have had a similar experience to listen to others’ stories, share their own story, and connect to helpful resources. Special interests in minorities and parents. Compensation provided.

Oral Microbiome and Digestive Studies 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.

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center – Healthy Volunteers Needed! University of Pittsburgh IRB950783A
Are you age 60 and older? Do you have a “study partner” who can accompany you to clinic visits? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers identify memory problems at the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Participants will receive a physical exam, a review of medications, and paper and pencil memory testing. Parking provided.

Gestational Diabetes Diagnostic Methods Study (GDM² Study) University of Pittsburgh PRO14070556
Are you less than 24 weeks pregnant and planning to have your baby at Magee Womens Hospital? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to see which of the two ways to test for diabetes during pregnancy results in more healthy deliveries for mom and baby. Participants must NOT have diabetes, take high blood pressure medication, or be expecting more than one baby. Compensation provided.

LoNIC Study University of Pittsburgh PRO13070454
Are you at least 21 years old and do you smoke cigarettes, but only on some days (not every day)? Are you interested in trying research cigarettes? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study that is investigating the impact of different nicotine levels in cigarettes. Evening study appointments available. This is NOT a treatment program for smoking. Compensation provided.

QUITS Study University of Pittsburgh PRO12070152
Are you at least 21 years old and do you smoke cigarettes, but only on some days (not every day)? Are you interested in trying to quit smoking? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers understand the process and challenges of quitting smoking experienced by non-daily smokers so that strategies for successful smoking cessation may be developed. Evening study appointments available. Compensation provided.

Characteristics and Experiences of Current Smokers University of Pittsburgh PRO13110547
Are you a current smoker who is between the ages of 18-55 years old and speaks fluent English? If so, you may be eligible for a study interested in learning more about the characteristics and experiences of current smokers. Participation involves 1 screening visit and 2 study visits. Participants must be willing to not smoke for 8 hours before the 2 study visits. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Biomarkers in the HPA axis for depression and posttraumatic stress disorder - healthy volunteers PRO13100367A
Are you a relatively healthy married adult with or without 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.

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.

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.

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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