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By participating in a research project, you play a part in helping physicians and researchers develop better ways to diagnose and treat people with mental illness. As a research participant, you learn about the causes of specific mental health problems and what can be done to manage these conditions. 

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Project Title:
Compulsive Behavior Study
Principal Investigator:
Rebecca Price, PhD
For Information Contact:
Marlee Pyzewski, canlab@pitt.edu, 412-864-3515
What We Are Studying:
The study examines the brain mechanisms involved in overcoming compulsive behaviors.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Adults ages 18-55, who feel compelled to complete repetitive, unwanted behaviors aimed at reducing distress or obtaining absolute certainty.
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Those unable to safely complete an MRI assessment
What Participation Involves:
Clinical interviews, questionnaires, fMRI brain scan, computer-based behavioral tasks (including repeated administration of a safe, mild electric shock), and non-invasive brain stimulation (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) designed to stimulate specific brain regions.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Participants will receive up to $260 for completing the study.
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Project Title:
Progressive Early Psychosis Pathology
Principal Investigator:
Dean Salisbury, PhD
For Information Contact:
Contact the Clinical Neurophysiology Research Lab; 412-246-6533; cnrlras.upmc@gmail.com
What We Are Studying:
This study examines psychosis and brain activity relating attention and sound.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Healthy controls, those at risk for developing psychosis, and people experiencing their first episode of psychosis
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
General (regardless of group): a) DSM intellectual developmental disorder (IQ of 70 or lower); b) significant head injury; c) medical illness affecting brain structure or function; d) significant neurologic disorder (e.g seizure disorder); e) inability to provide informed consent; f) hearing problems (defined as >15dB nHL hearing difference between left and right ears at any frequency, or inability to hear tones at 30dB nHL or lower at any frequency); g) inability to fit in scanning equipment (MEG: larger than 300lbs, taller than 6'4", head circumference greater than 62cm. MRI greater than 300lbs); h) metal in body deemed not safe for the MRI or that may interfere with the MEG. i) concussion with loss of consciousness (LOC) greater than 10 minutes; j) history of electroconvulsive therapy or electroshock treatments (ECT); k) diabetes with associated seizures, loss of sensation/weakness in arms or legs, or momentary LOC and; l) pregnancy, as determined by self-report.
What Participation Involves:
Participants will take part in combined MEG/EEG and MRI testing and clinical evaluations at 1 or 4 separate time points over the course of a year.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Compensation is provided. Please contact the lab for more details.
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Project Title:
Depression Treatment Study
Principal Investigator:
Rebecca Price, PhD
For Information Contact:
Michelle Degutis, canlab@pitt.edu, 412-648-4056
What We Are Studying:
Testing an intravenous infusion of ketamine as a novel, multi-component treatment for depression
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Adults ages 18-55 who are feeling down, low, or depressed and have tried at least one standard antidepressant medication during the current period of depression, without complete success.
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Adults diagnosed with bipolar disease; those unable to safely complete an MRI assessment
What Participation Involves:
Participants will receive an intravenous infusion of ketamine and complete sessions of a computer-based intervention designed to "retrain the brain," or receive placebo treatments; complete clinical interviews, questionnaires, fMRI brains scans and computer-based tasks."
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Participants will be compensated up to $450 for completing the study.
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Project Title:
Sleep, Circadian Rhythms and Cardiometabolic Risk in Retired Shift Worker
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Buysse, MD
For Information Contact:
Michael Lightfoot, lightfootm@upmc.edu, WPIC E-1136, 3811 O'Hara Street, 15213, 412-246-6419; or Sarah Kimutis, kimutiss@upmc.edu, 412-246-6643.
What We Are Studying:
This study examines the effects of night shift work exposure on heart health, sleep and emotional expression into retirement.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Individuals aged >60 years old who have been retired at least 1 year and are medically stable, and have a history of night shift work or a history of daylight work (with little or no night shift work).
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Individuals who are medically or emotionally unstable, or who are insulin dependent diabetics, in current treatment for sleep apnea, using of beta blockers, or using tobacco.
What Participation Involves:
Participants will complete an initial evaluation, medical history and exam, cardiovascular assessment, blood samples, computer assessments. Some participants will completed a 2 1/2 day (60 hour) sleep lab study
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Participants will be compensated up to $450. Please contact the project coordinators for details.
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Project Title:
The SHINE Study (Shyness & Inhibition in New Experiences)
Principal Investigator:
Judith Morgan, PhD
For Information Contact:
Allison Hoffman and Britt Holdaway, Email: carelab@pitt.edu; Telephone: 412-624-7991 and 412-383-1047
What We Are Studying:
We are studying how preschool age children react to new social experiences and how that is related to shyness.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Biological parents and their 3 to 5 year old children. We are also recruiting healthy volunteers.
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Children with developmental delay or disability, such as Autism.
What Participation Involves:
Participants will complete 2 laboratory visits. Visit 1: Parent completing interviews and questionnaires. Visit 2: Parent and child will wear a head cap that measures brain response while playing together; 6 and 12 months later, the parent will complete online questionnaires. Optional: Inviting one additional caregiver to complete online questionnaires about child at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Compensation is provided. Please contact Allison Hoffman or Britt Holdaway for more details.
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Project Title:
The BRITE Study (Brain Response and Infant & Toddler Emotions)
Principal Investigator:
Judith Morgan, PhD
For Information Contact:
Allison Hoffman and Britt Holdaway, Email: carelab@pitt.edu; Telephone: 412-624-7991 and 412-383-1047
What We Are Studying:
We are examining how maternal depression and parenting impacts child brain development across the first 5 years of life.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Biological mothers with or without current depression and their 1 to 3 year old children. We are also recruiting healthy volunteers.
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Mothers with a history of Bipolar Disorder or Psychosis. Children with a developmental delay or disability, such as Autism.
What Participation Involves:
Participants will complete 6-7 laboratory visits over 3 years. During the 1st visit each year, the mother will complete interviews and questionnaires. During the 2nd visit each year, the mother and child will wear a head cap to measure brain response while playing together. If the child is 5 years old in third year, the child will also undergo fMRI scanning.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Compensation is provided. Please contact Allison Hoffman or Britt Holdaway for more details.
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