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ANNOUNCEMENTS OF RESEARCH STUDIES SEEKING PARTICIPANTS

Additional research studies listed at http://www.psychiatry.unc.edu/research


 Volunteers Needed for Research Study about Depression Within Romantic Relationships

Have you or your romantic partner been professionally diagnosed with depression? Romantic couples are needed for a study about depression within relationships.
Each partner will earn a $15 Target or Walmart gift card (your choice) by completing a 30 to 45 minute online questionnaire.
To sign up, send an email to romantic.relationship.research@gmail.com with (1) your name, (2) your email address, (3) your partner’s name, (4) your partner’s email address, and (5) the date of first-time professional depression diagnosis.
Questions? Email Dr. Leanne Knobloch, University of Illinois (knobl@illinois.edu).


Volunteers Needed for Research Study about Social Cognition and Functioning 

Adults that have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia are needed for a new research study entitled “Social Cognition and Functioning” (SCAF) that is being conducted by the UNC Department of Psychology.

Participants will be asked to complete a series of tasks involving attention, memory, emotion perception, empathy, and role plays. Participation will last approximately 7 - 8 hours total and will consist of up to 3 visits.  You will receive $15/hr for your participation and you will be reimbursed up to $5 a visit for travel costs.

To be eligible for the study, the individual should:
* Have a diagnosis of schizophrenia
* Be 18-60 years of age
* Not have a diagnosis of a serious neurological disorder (i.e. seizures)
* Not have a history of serious head trauma
* Not have a history of substance dependence in the last six months

If you would like to learn more about this study please contact Charles Olbert at 919-962-4234 or please email olbert@email.unc.edu
The SCAF study should be ongoing through Spring 2013.


Volunteers Needed for Research Study about Oxytocin Treatment

Research subjects needed to study the effects of treatment with the natural hormone oxytocin  on symptoms of schizophrenia, especially difficulties in social relationships and social functioning as well as psychotic symptoms. You may be eligible if you are diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder (depressed type) and are between the ages of 18-65.
Subjects continue on their usual medication and are given either oxytocin or placebo nasal spray to take for 12 weeks. The study involves 6 outpatient visits to either UNC or the North Carolina Psychiatric Research Center in Raleigh. Compensation, parking, and mileage reimbursement are provided. For more information and to see if you are eligible for this study, please call: 919-966-3915 or email: oxytocinstudy@unc.edu.
IRB#11-0259

Posted 7/26/11



Brain Imaging Research Studies for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Dr. Gabriel Dichter and his colleagues are conducting brain imaging research studies at UNC-Chapel Hill for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. These studies use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to help us learn how the brain functions in areas of difficulty for people with autism such as social understanding, paying attention, and repetitive behaviors. fMRI is a safe, non-invasive imaging technology.

We are recruiting high functioning individuals with autism spectrum disorders who are between 10 and 55 years of age. Participants will receive $35-$50 for the MRI session and $10 per hour for all other research activities. We can help coordinate and defray the costs of travel.

If you are interested in participating in these studies or would like more information, please follow this link: http://can.unc.edu/images/uploads/fMRI_brochure.pdf. You may also e-mail Ali Rittenberg at amr54@biac.duke.edu or call 919-951-9513. (UNC IRB#: 09-0795 and 04-0975) //-->

Posted 6/18/10


 

Schizophrenia: Can Cognitive Function be Enhanced?

NIMH looks at the effects of medications on the way the brain works

People with schizophrenia often have problems concentrating and remembering.  Sometimes they find it hard to make a plan or follow it through step by step.  Doctors at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) believe these problems are related to the way the brain functions after becoming ill.

NIMH is testing:

-Modafinil (FDA-approved for day-time sleepiness)

-Tolcapone (FDA-approved for Parkinson’s disease)

-Atomoxetine (FDA-approved for Attention Deficit Disorder)

Doctors are testing whether these drugs could improve memory and the way the brain works in people with schizophrenia.   NIMH is also studying how genes may make a difference in how these drugs work.

In these research studies, people do not stop taking their current medication(s). The study drug is added to the drugs they take now.  The research study includes tests that assess participants’ ability to remember, focus, and concentrate, and a brain imaging study called a functional MRI (fMRI).These will measure how well the drug may work and record changes in brain activity.

People may stay up to 12 weeks at the NIMH Schizophrenia Research Program. Tests that include medical, psychiatric, neurological, and pharmacological tests are done to see whether a person can be part of the study.  The medication phase of the study lasts 3 or 5 weeks. Once the research is completed, the person stays in the inpatient research program so that the clinical team can complete all evaluations, treatment assessments and discharge planning.

Participants must:

  • Be 18 to 50 years old
  • Have schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder
  • Not have serious alcohol or drug problems
  • Not have a history of major medical problems

This inpatient research program is at the NIH  Clinical  Center in Bethesda, Maryland. There is no cost for taking part in the study.  There is compensation for research study participation.

For more information, call the NIMH Schizophrenia Program Referral Line at 1-888-674-6464 or 301-435-8970 (TTY:1-866-411-1010) or email Schizophrenia@mail.nih.gov.  The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Volunteers Needed for a Research Study-Genes Study

Help investigators at UNC Chapel Hill understand more about the genetics of mental illness.
Eligibility
·         You are age 18 or older
·         You have a diagnosis of schizophrenia
What is Involved?
·         Complete a 2-page health questionnaire
·         Complete a 45min Structured Interview
·         Donate a 4 tablespoon blood sample
Compensation
·         You will be compensated $50 for study participation
·         We will give you vouchers to pay for your parking at UNC
Interested?  Contact Kees (Case) Frelinger at 919-966-4188
(IRB #08-1465)
 


Volunteers Needed for a Prime Research Program Study

The UNC Department of Psychiatry is conducting a research study to find out more about mental illness.  If you have had any of the following symptoms in the past few months, are between 12-35 years old, and have not been diagnosed with bipolar illness or psychosis, you may be eligible to participate in a study in the Prime Research Program. You may be eligible to receive free study related medical evaluations and monetary compensation.
 
• Have you noticed frequent and confusing coincidences?
• Are you worried that others are talking about you or laughing at you?
• Do you think that others are trying to hurt you?
• Do you have trouble thinking or concentrating?
• Would you rather be alone than with friends?
• Sometimes when you hear something do you mistake it for something it's not? How about something you smell or see?
 
Do you have a family member with a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and are having recent troubles with school, work, or friends?
Visit us at our website www.PRIME.unc.edu and click on 'Simple Survey'
 
The Project is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, IRB #08-1448
 


Volunteers Needed for a Research Study about the Genetics of Mental Illness

Volunteers Needed for a Research Study
Help investigators at UNC Chapel Hill understand more about the genetics of mental illness.
Eligibility
·         You are age 18 or older
·         You do not have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder
·         Your parents, siblings, or children do not have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder
What is Involved?
·         Complete a 2-page health questionnaire
·         Donate a 4 tablespoon blood sample
Compensation
·         You will be compensated $50 for study participation
·         We will give you vouchers to pay for your parking at UNC
Interested? Contact Kees (Case) Frelinger at 919-966-4188   (IRB #08-1465)
 
 
 


Do You or a Family Member have Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder?

We are looking first-degree relatives of people with Schizophrenia. You can help us figure out how the brain works and grows, and you can even get a picture of your brain. Participants are paid up to $260 for their time. Call Carolyn to see if you can participate in our research study! 919-966-9988 or email at carolyn_bellion@med.unc.edu

UNC IRB# 5-2119


Does Your Child have a Brother, Sister, Mother, or Father with Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder?


There is a research study at UNC that is looking at how the brain grows and develops in 9 to 18 year old children.  We use state-of-the-art brain imaging and other safe, routine procedures, and your child can even get a picture of his or her brain!
 
Compensation for the study is up to $250 a child.
 
Please contact Kathleen Monforton at 966-9988 or kathleen_monforton@med.unc.edu for more information and to see if your child can participate in our research study!
UNC IRB# 5-2119
Posted 11-20-09


Join a new MEDITATION workshop as part of a research study
EARN UP TO $105.00 AND PARTICIPATE IN A FREE MEDITATION WORKSHOP

If you:

Have trouble looking forward to things and/or enjoying things
Have no previous experience with meditation
Are between the ages of 18 and 60
Have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder

then you may be eligible to participate in a study of the effects of meditation on symptoms of schizophrenia. The Meditation workshop will meet for 6 weekly, one-hour sessions. The workshop will be offered to you free-of-charge.

All participants can be paid up to $105 to complete four assessments, which involve interviews about your attitudes towards life, symptoms, and emotions. Each of these assessments will take about 2 hours. The assessments will be done prior to, following, and approximately 3 months after the workshop.

To find out more about this study, please call Dave Johnson (DJ) at (919) 259-1981 or send him an email at dpj@unc.edu


RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
EARN UP TO $200.00 & THE CHANCE OF GETTING FREE THERAPY

If you:

Have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder
Would like to improve your social relationships
Are between the ages of 18 and 65

then you may be eligible to participate in a study of Social Cognition and Interaction Training (SCIT). SCIT is a group psychotherapy that teaches strategies for getting along with other people and improving the social lives of persons with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

Half of the participants in this study will receive 20 sessions of SCIT group therapy over a five-month period and their usual treatment services. SCIT will be provided to you free of charge.

Half of the participants will receive their usual treatment services.

All participants can be paid up to $200 to complete three assessments. These will involve evaluations of symptoms, cognitive and social functioning. Each of these assessments will take about 3 hours. The assessments will be done approximately 4-5 months apart.

To find out more about this study, please call Piper Meyer at (919) 843-5262 or send her an email at psmeyer@email.unc.edu   IRB# 70-


RECOVERY NARRATIVE PROJECT

The UNC Division of Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology needs volunteers for it's Recovery Narrative Project. The project students are assigned involves listening to and recording personal narratives from the perspective of a person with a psychiatric disability in recovery and his/her family about living with their psychiatric condition, on which they must develop a written report for the class. Confidentiality is offered and students will provide an informed consent form to the person's approval and they will use psuedonyms in their papers. The narratives are only shared with the instructor. There is no public presentation or dissemination of the narratives, ensuring privacy of the person or family identity. For further info or to volunteer for this project, contact: Charlie Bernacchio email: cbernacc@med.unc.edu Tel#- 919-843-4730


UNC/DUKE RESEARCH STUDY ON MONEY MANAGEMENT

You may be eligible to take part in a study about mental health and money management, which aims to teach people to save more money and make a better budget.

The study includes a 1 – 1 ½ hour interview for which you’ll be paid $25.

You may have a second interview in which you’ll be paid $25 ($50 total) and meet with a study staff member to help teach you how to save money and make a better budget.

If you’re interested, please call us at (866) 927-1641 and dial ‘0’ for the operator or ‘5’ for Dr. Eric Elbogen.


COUPLE-BASED TREATMENT FOR ANOREXIA NERVOSA

The University of North Carolina's Eating Disorders Program is developing a treatment for couples where one partner has anorexia nervosa. Participants will receive study-related treatment from the UNC Eating Disorders Program team at no cost and payment for participating in additional assessments. If you are 18 years or older and are married or have been in a committed relationship with your partner for over a year and currently live together, you may be eligible. Please contact the Research Coordinator at (919) 966-3065 or ucan@unc.edu for more information.

UNC IRB Study # 07-1429

 


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