Below is a list of our ongoing studies. If you would like to participate in one, please click the Join button and fill out the form. We will contact you shortly after reviewing your information.
This study is seeking children 0-17 years old with motor deficits from brain injury and typically developing children to serve as controls (e.g. siblings, friends). The purpose of the study is to determine real- life motor activity in children with and without hemiplegia using biosensors. Participants are asked to wear biosensors on both wrists and ankles for 25 hours at a time while following their typical daily routines. Children will also complete a brief motor assessment and parents will fill out surveys. If all portions of the study are completed, participants are paid in gift cards to Target.
This study is seeking children 2-17 years old with hemiparesis who are scheduled to undergo constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT) at Ranken Jordan. The purpose of the study is to determine how CIMT affects the brain to improve motor function in children with hemiparesis. Participants are asked to complete neuropsychological testing, motor assessments, and wear biosensors on each wrist to track movement after each of 5 visits. Parents will be asked to complete questionnaires. If the child is able to lie still, MRI scans may be included (no sedation or aesthesia required). Participants are compensated for their time in the form of a check and Target gift cards.
This study seeks adult participants. The purpose of this study is to mimic the current neurorehabilitation treatment, Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) in healthy individuals and repeatedly measure motor abilities and functional network structuring using accelerometry, motor assessments, and functional MRI (fMRI). It involves daily MRI scanning for a period up to 3 months, casting the dominant upper extremity for 2 weeks, weekly motor testing, and daily accelerometer tracking in the form of wearable biosensors on the wrists and ankles. Remuneration for this study is $25 per hour in the form of a check.
This study is seeking adults of any age. The purpose is to simultaneously gather sleep study and eye tracking data while in a scanning environment. This study consists of wearing biosensors on each wrist to track movement and sleep for approximately 3 days prior to the scanning visit. Participants are asked to complete questionnaires regarding their sleep history and general health information. The scanning visit begins with placement of EEG/EOG electrodes on parts of the scalp, face, and neck. The participant will then lie in the scanner while his or her eye movements are tracked with a camera. For the next hour, the participant is asked to focus on a screen that shows a black background with a white plus sign. Participants who are claustrophobic or cannot comfortably lie flat should not participant in this study. Remuneration for this study is $25 per hour in the form of a check.
The clinical research assistant will meet you in the lobby of the East Building. The study you are participating in will be further explained to you, you will be screened for eligibility, and you will sign consent documents. Questionnaires and other study documents will be completed at this time. If the study in which you’re participating involves MRI scanning, a mock scan may be completed first. This is a simulation of the real MRI scan. It provides you with an opportunity to see the scanning environment and get a better understanding of what a real scan is like. We are then able to determine if you can tolerate lying still for the scan portions of the study. Depending on the study, you may also complete additional motor and neuropsychological assessments.
The study team wants you to be comfortable. Please let us know how we can best accommodate you. We have snacks and drinks available to you. We try to be as flexible as possible with scheduling study visits. In addition, please remember that your participation is entirely voluntary and you may quit at any time or omit portions of the study. We are excited to have you participate!
If you are participating in a study that includes MRI scanning, you will be asked to change into MR compatible, disposable scrubs. Alternatively, you can bring an outfit of your own to be approved by the research assistant. The clothing needs to be 100% cotton (no synthetics), including underwear and socks. Remember to remove all metal from your body, including jewelry and hair accessories.
The MRI scans do not include radiation, sedation, or anesthesia. You will be required to fill out an MRI safety screening questionnaire to determine if it is safe for you to be scanned. The study staff will ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during your scanning session. Earbuds are provided to minimize the sound levels of the scanner and allow voice communication with the scanner operator. You are asked to lie flat on a padded surface with pillows, sheets, and blankets for comfort. You are able to inform the scanner operator of any discomfort during the scan.
During a portion of the scans, you may watch a movie. We have a fairly wide selection of movies from which to choose, you may bring your own movie (no Blu-rays), or choose something from Netflix.
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