Opportunities for Research Participants

As a leading research institution, the University of Delaware is uncovering new knowledge and solutions to help our local community and the world — and you can be part of the process. Public participants are critical to a broad spectrum of UD research in the health sciences, engineering, education, policy and communications, to name a few. We are working to bring you a new resource that will list all current research studies the University is recruiting for and how you can participate.

UD Research Studies Seeking Participants

The University of Delaware needs participants for the following research studies. Each listing includes details about the study, the specific benefits of participation and how to apply online. Thank you in advance for your participation!

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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE RESEARCH STUDIES (56)
ACL Injury

Donor Site Tendon Morphology after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction (ACLR)

STUDY CATEGORY: Adolescents, Orthopedic (bone, joints, muscle, tendon), Pain and/or Injury, Sports | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Naoaki Ito | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Naoaki Ito  |   EMAIL: nito@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-6460

DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of this study is to understand how tendons heal over time after harvest of an autograft for ACL reconstruction (ACLR).

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

You are being asked to participate because you have received ACLR within the past month using either a patellar tendon, quadriceps tendon, or hamstring tendon autograft. You could be excluded in this study if you have a history of another ACLR on either leg using the same autograft as the one you received in the prior ACLR.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please reach out directly to the study team through the link, URL, or phone number.

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Achilles Tendon Injury

Achilles Tendinopathy, Treatment with Exercise Comparing Men and Women

STUDY CATEGORY: Exercise & Physical Activity, Orthopedic (bone, joints, muscle, tendon), Pain and/or Injury, Sports | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Karin Silbernagel | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Jennifer Marmon  |   EMAIL: jmarmon@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-4615

DESCRIPTION:

We are looking at how people with Achilles tendon pain recover over time. In particular, we are interested to see if men and women respond differently to the currently recommended physical therapy treatment. This study involves coming to evaluation sessions every 8 weeks over the course of a year. This ends up being 7 evaluations total. The first one will take 2.5-3 hours to complete and every other one will take about 1.5-2 hours. At these evaluation sessions, the study team will ask you to complete surveys about your Achilles tendon pain, look at how your tendon is healing using ultrasound imaging, and also see how your strength and functional ability for activities like jumping is recovering.

In addition to these evaluation sessions, we are providing physical therapy treatment that is the current recommendation for recovering from Achilles tendon pain. This treatment is provided by a licensed physical therapist. Treatment includes strategic exercises as well as providing information about how to manage pain and promote recovery of your tendon. The time commitment for the physical therapy treatment will range from 6-12 visits during the first 6 weeks and after that up to another 12 visits. The maximal number of visits will be 24 visits. Each visit is estimated to take approximately 30-45 minutes. You will also be asked to perform a home exercise program that takes about 15 minutes to complete. Treatment is provided at no cost to you or to your insurance.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

You are being asked to participate because you have pain, stiffness, and discomfort (so-called Achilles tendinopathy/tendinitis) in your Achilles tendon. You must between the ages of 18-65 years. You should have no other current injury that would limit you from standing and/or performing exercises of the injured leg. You cannot participate if you have had a complete tear of the Achilles tendon or if the injury and symptoms are purely from where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone.

HOW TO APPLY:

If you are interested in participating, please fill out our form or contact Jennifer Marmon by phone or email.

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Imaging the motor system in Parkinson’s disease

Imaging the motor system in Parkinson’s disease

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Healthy Volunteers, Older adult | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Roxana Burciu | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Abbie Bower  |   EMAIL: aebower@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 3028313995

DESCRIPTION:

A brain imaging study that aims to understand how the brain controls simple and coordinated movements of the upper and lower extremities in persons with Parkinson’s disease. The study lasts approximately four hours and includes a one-hour MRI session and two to three hours of motor and cognitive testing.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Healthy older adults and adults with Parkinson’s disease aged 45-85 who are able to travel to UD STAR campus and are able to undergo an MRI.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please contact Abbie Bower at aebower@udel.edu or (302) 831-3995 for more information.

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Parkinson’s Disease Walking and Balance Study

The Role of Sensory Deficits in the Neural Control of Balance during Walking in Parkinson’s Disease

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Older adult, Parkinson’s Disease | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Hendrik Reimann | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Abigail Bower  |   EMAIL: aebower@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-2995

DESCRIPTION:

A study on walking and balance. The study involves two visits to the STAR Campus and walking in a virtual reality environment.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease who are able to walk unassisted and can travel to UD STAR Campus.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please contact Abbie Bower at aebower@udel.edu or 302-831-3995 for more information.

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Sensor Walking Study

Methods for the use of inertial measurement units in real-world gait analysis

STUDY CATEGORY: Healthy Volunteers, Older adult, Orthopedic (bone, joints, muscle, tendon), Pain and/or Injury | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Jocelyn Hafer | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Julien Mihy  |   EMAIL: gaitbiomechlab@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

The Gait Biomechanics Lab is currently looking for healthy older adults and older adults with knee osteoarthritis aged 55-70 to participate in a walking study. The study lasts approximately 2 hours and includes completing a series of 3 walking tasks while wearing noninvasive sensors on the legs. Participants will be compensated with a $30 amazon gift card.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Individuals 55-70 years of age with no history of neurological, cardiovascular, or pulmonary conditions, or high blood pressure or uncontrolled diabetes.

Individuals without knee osteoarthritis:
-No major lower body injury or surgery within 1-year

Individuals with knee osteoarthritis:
-Does not use an assistive device for walking
-Able to walk 30 minutes
-No lower body joint injections within 3 months of study visit

HOW TO APPLY:

If you are interested, please email the Gait Biomechanics Lab

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Parkinson’s Disease Registry

University of Delaware Participant Recruitment Registry for Parkinson’s Disease Research

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Older adult | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Roxana Burciu | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: Fully Remote | STUDY CONTACT: Abigail Bower  |   EMAIL: aebower@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-3995

DESCRIPTION:

In response to a growing need for research about Parkinson’s Disease, the Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology (KAAP) in the College of Health Sciences has launched the Participant Recruitment Registry for Parkinson’s Disease Research at UD.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Individuals with a clinical diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease who are interested in research.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please contact Abigail Bower at aebower@udel.edu or 302-831-3995 for more information.

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Perception, Self-Awareness, and Voice: 3- to 6-Year-Old Children

Perception, Self-Awareness, and Voice: 3- to 6-Year-Old Children

STUDY CATEGORY: Healthy Volunteers, Pediatric, Speech and Language, Voice | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Hagar Feinstein | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: Fully Remote | STUDY CONTACT: Hagar Feinstein  |   EMAIL: hagarfe@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 3024557988

DESCRIPTION:

The study focuses on perception and self-awareness of voice in 3-6-year-old children with and without voice disorders. It is conducted remotely (online); 3-4-year-olds children participate in one meeting in which they engage in playful activities, 5-6-year-olds have two more online meetings in which they will be trained in a new vocal skill using games.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

3-6-year-old, typically developing, monolingual children.
Normal hearing and normal or corrected to normal vision

HOW TO APPLY:

Please complete the registration form provided in the link, or contact Hagar Feinstein by phone (3024557988) or email (hagarfe@udel.edu)

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MRI of the Spine for Healthy Adults

Spine MRI: Disc Mechanics and Altered Loading in Degeneration

STUDY CATEGORY: Exercise & Physical Activity, Healthy Volunteers, Men’s Health, Older adult, Women’s Health | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Dawn Elliott | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: Harrah Newman  |   EMAIL: harrah@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 7326102922

DESCRIPTION:

The Elliott Lab is currently recruiting subjects for a spine imaging study that aims to spine disc function to aging. The study includes a 3 hour AM and 1 hour PM session; where one hour is spent laying down to unload the spine and the remaining three hours are spent positioning and imaging. Participants will be compensated with a $100 amazon or visa giftcard.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Individuals 30+ years old with no history of chronic back pain or back surgery.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please contact Jennifer Marmon at jmarmon@udel.edu or (302) 831-4615

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Reaching and Parkinson’s Disease

Online Motor Control in People with Parkinson’s Disease

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Healthy Volunteers, Older adult | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Hyosub Kim | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Joie Tang  |   EMAIL: kimlab.studies@gmail.com

DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of this study is to learn more about how people with and without Parkinson’s disease make reaching movements. The entire study will last 2-3 hours. This includes at least a 30 minute break between sessions. The testing will require that you perform some reaching movements over a digitized tablet. You will receive some specific instructions on how to move.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Healthy adults OR individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease able to reach for about 8 inches.

Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease who are currently taking medication that increases dopamine in the brain.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please contact Joie Tang at kimlab.studies@gmail.com for more information.

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Understanding the Causes of Risky Behavior in Adults

Adaptive and Maladaptive Neural Network Responses to Inhibitory Challenges

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Mental Health | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Naomi Sadeh | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: Paula Salvador  |   EMAIL: psalv@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-6146

DESCRIPTION:

Participants will be asked to answer questions and complete tasks about life experiences, risky behaviors, decision-making, and mental health.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Individuals between the ages of 18 and 55 and are able to travel to the University of Delaware.

HOW TO APPLY:

To find out more, please call the Personality & Dysregulation Lab at (302) 831-6146 or email udpdlab@gmail.com. The first step would be to complete a 10-minute phone screen to determine your eligibility.

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Parent-Teen Study

Examining Neural Sequelae of Childhood Deprivation and Abuse

STUDY CATEGORY: Adolescents, Mental Health | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Nadia Bounoua | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: Fully Remote | STUDY CONTACT: Paula Salvador  |   EMAIL: psalv@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-6146

DESCRIPTION:

We are looking for parent and teen pairs to participate in a paid study. You will each be asked to answer questions about life experiences, mental health, and decision making during a virtual 1-hour visit. You will each receive $25 in cash or Amazon gift card for 1-hour of your time.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Parents and teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17.

HOW TO APPLY:

To find out more, please call the Personality & Dysregulation Lab at (302) 831-6146 or email udpdlab@gmail.com

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Group Health Coaching for Cancer Survivors

Group Health Coaching for Cancer Survivors

STUDY CATEGORY: Exercise & Physical Activity, Nutrition and Food, Older Adult, Wellness and Lifestyle, Cancer Survivorship | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Nicole Berzins | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: Fully Remote | STUDY CONTACT: Nicole Berzins  |   EMAIL: nicolejb@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of the study is to determine the feasibility of providing group-based health coaching through a videoconferencing platform (Zoom) for cancer survivors. We also want to determine the program’s ability to improve health, fitness, and wellbeing. The program provides 6 group health coaching sessions over a 3-month period in a small group setting (6-8 people). You will also be asked to fill out an online survey before the program begins, when the program ends, and 3 months after the program ends. Additionally, you will be invited to participate in a focus group after the program ends to provide feedback on your experiences.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

1. Must be 18 years of age or older
2. Must have been previously diagnosed with cancer (can be anywhere along the cancer continuum from recent diagnosis to long term survivorship)
3. Are able to understand and complete all online questionnaires
4. Must be able to understand and give written informed consent
5. Must have access to the videoconferencing platform, Zoom

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send an email to the study contact for more information or to apply.

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Family Meals as a Strategy for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Children

Dietary Approaches for Cardiovascular Health

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Nutrition and Food, Pediatric | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Shannon Robson | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713, Zoom | STUDY CONTACT: Adriana Verdezoto Alvarado  |   EMAIL: ebnl-robson@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-722-5602

DESCRIPTION:

The Dietary Approaches for Cardiovascular Health study includes 5 in-person visits and engagement in a 6-month
online program focused on eating for cardiovascular health. Participants could be compensated up to $390 for full study participation.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

If you currently smoke, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, are inactive, are overweight/obese or have diabetes and have a child 6-12 years-old you may be eligible to participate.

HOW TO APPLY:

Call or text 302-722-5602 to see if you qualify for the study today.

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Potassium and Vascular Health

Mechanisms Underlying the Protective Vascular Effects of Dietary Potassium in Humans

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Healthy Volunteers, Nutrition and Food | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Shannon Lennon | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Andrea Lobene  |   EMAIL: cv-nutrition-research@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

The Cardiovascular Nutrition lab is recruiting individuals for a research study examining the effects of dietary potassium and salt. Admitted participants will complete three 10-days of a controlled diet study (food provided), and attend a data collection on day 10. These sessions will last approximately 4.5-5 hours. There will be a 1-month washout in between diets. As part of study participation, subjects will be provided with 30 days of meals. Subjects will also be compensated $300 for their time.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

You may be eligible to participate if you are between the ages of 18 and 45 years old, have normal blood pressure, non-smoker and in reasonably good health.

HOW TO APPLY:

If you would like more information, please contact Andrea Lobene via email (cv-nutrition-research@udel.edu).

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Impact of estrogen on blood vessel function in peri-menopausal women

Impact of estradiol on endothelial function in peri-menopausal women

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Healthy Volunteers, Women’s Health | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Megan Wenner | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Kathy Masso  |   EMAIL: chs-wcrlab@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 3028313493

DESCRIPTION:

The endothelium is the inner lining of the blood vessels, which releases substances to help control blood vessel function. With advancing age, blood vessel function declines and cardiovascular disease risk increases. It has recently been shown that mortality from cardiovascular disease is increased in women aged 35-54 years, which is the time of when women are approaching and transitioning through menopause. It is unclear what contributes to this increased mortality rate, and is a significant problem for women’s health. The goal of this study is to determine how estrogen impacts blood vessel function.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

We will recruit Peri-menopausal women (ages 40-58) that will be classified as either Early Peri or Late Peri based on changes in menstrual cycle length.
Exclusion criteria: Women who are pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant, are breast feeding, have a history of cardiac disease, blood clots, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, cancer, liver disease, have a body mass index >30 or 140/90 mmHg will be excluded. Women with diabetes, neurological disease, autoimmune disorders, have had a hysterectomy will not participate in this study. Women using exogenous hormones (birth control, hormone replacement therapy) within the past 3 months will be excluded. Women with a latex allergy will be excluded, as will women that have had an abnormal GYN exam in the past year. Women who have been hospitalized as a result of contracting COVID-19 will be excluded.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please review study details in the link and click Get in Touch to schedule a screening call.

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Hormones and Women’s Heart Health

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Cardiovascular Function

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Healthy Volunteers, Women’s Health | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Megan Wenner | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Allyson Schwab  |   EMAIL: allyschw@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 6039333216

DESCRIPTION:

The Women’s Cardiovascular Research Lab is recruiting perimenopausal and postmenopausal women ages 40-70 to understand how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy affects cardiovascular function. To do this, we will use
several techniques including measures of blood pressure, heart rate, and blood vessel function. We are looking to recruit both women taking this hormone therapy and those not taking this hormone therapy. This study will require a virtual screening and consent and 4 in-person visits for a total of approximately 4.5 hours. Participants will receive $100 compensation.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

You are eligible for this study if you are a healthy peri- or postmenopausal woman between the ages of 40-70. You will not be able to participate if you have a BMI greater than 35, use tobacco products, are pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant, or are breast feeding, have a history of blood clots, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, liver disease, hypertension, diabetes, epilepsy, or gallbladder disease, are using blood pressure or heart medications, have a history of breast cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding not related to period, fibroids in the uterus, or have had an abnormal gynecological exam with the last year, or have used hormonal IUDs, oral contraceptives or other forms of hormone replacement therapy within the last 3 months.

HOW TO APPLY:

If you would like more information or would like to participate, please contact Ally Schwab via email (allyschw@udel.edu).

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Depression and PTSD symptoms related to stressful life events

Positive Processes and Transition to Health

STUDY CATEGORY: Men’s Health, Mental Health, Older adult, Women’s Health | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Adele Hayes | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: Fully Remote | STUDY CONTACT: Adele Hayes  |   EMAIL: pathstudy@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-2215

DESCRIPTION:

PTSD DEPRESSION RESEARCH STUDY OFFERING THERAPY

The Depression and Trauma Treatment Program at the University of Delaware is looking for people ages 18-65 who have experienced a stressful life event and are experiencing symptoms of PTSD or depression. Such stressors might include sexual assault, physical assault, a bad accident, loss of a job, or military trauma. Common symptoms of PTSD and depression include distressing memories, sadness, feeling numb, and sleep problems. The study is examining a brief (6 weeks) intervention for symptoms associated with stressful life events. Compensation is provided for participation. Call 302-831-2215 for more information or visit www.pathway2help.com.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

This study is appropriate for adults ages 18-65 who have experienced a stressful life event and are experiencing symptoms of PTSD or depression

HOW TO APPLY:

Call 302-831-2215 for more information or visit www.pathway2help.com

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Heart and blood vessel health in men and women

Influence of sex hormones on heart and blood vessel function in healthy men and premenopausal women

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Healthy Volunteers, Men’s Health, Women’s Health | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Ninette Shenouda | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Ninette Shenouda  |   EMAIL: nshenoud@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

We are interested in seeing whether measures of heart and blood vessel health differ between men and naturally menstruating premenopausal women, and how these measures may be affected by natural fluctuations in sex hormones.

The study involves 3 identical 1-hour visits and 1 week of physical activity monitoring. Women will also be asked to track their menstrual cycle and test for ovulation. Compensation is $75 for men and $100 for women.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Healthy non-smoking men and women between 18-45 years. Women should have regular menstrual cycles, not be using hormonal contraceptives, and not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

HOW TO APPLY:

If interested, please contact Ninette Shenouda via e-mail and reference the “Vascular Study”.

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Sodium Sensing MRI Study

Central Sodium Sensing: Implications for Blood Pressure Regulation

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Healthy Volunteers | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: William Farquhar | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716, University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Joseph Stock  |   EMAIL: jmstock@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

We are investigating how sodium is sensed in the brain using Lasix and a high sodium infusions during an MRI. You will be asked to complete 2 MRI visits and 2 dietary feeding conditions (high and low salt). Subjects may be compensated up to $400.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Inclusion:
– young healthy adults (18 – 45 years)
– normal blood pressure
– normal body mass index

Exclusion:
– history of chronic disease
– clinically diagnosed psychiatric or neurological disorder
– clinically diagnosed anxiety or depression
– blood pressure, anxiety or depression medications

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email Joseph Stock to learn more about this study and participate.

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COVID-19 in Children

Vascular Consequences of COVID-19 in Children

STUDY CATEGORY: Adolescents, Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Pediatric, Public Health including Covid-19 | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Melissa Witman | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Michele D’Agata  |   EMAIL: dagatami@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-6958

DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of this study is to assess the effects of COVID-19 on blood vessel function in children and adolescents. You and your child will be asked to make 1 visit to the lab. Following consenting and screening your child will undergo a series of blood pressure and blood vessel function assessments using ultrasound imaging of the arm and leg.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Generally healthy children and adolescents between 7-17 years old who have received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis within the past 3-6 months. Children/adolescents who have never had COVID-19 will also be considered for enrollment.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email Michele at dagatami@udel.edu or call 302-831-6958 for more information or to enroll in the study.

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Cardiovascular Function in Children with Muscular Dystrophy

Cardiovascular Consequences of Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophinopathies

STUDY CATEGORY: Adolescents, Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Healthy Volunteers, Pediatric | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Melissa Witman | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Michele D’Agata  |   EMAIL: dagatami@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-6958

DESCRIPTION:

We are studying the effects of Muscular Dystrophinopathies on cardiovascular function. We are seeking both generally healthy boys and patients diagnosed with either Becker or Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy between the ages of 7-17 years old. We will perform a series of cardiovascular assessments using blood pressure cuffs as well as ultrasound to image the heart and various arteries in the body. You and your child will be asked to make one 2.5-3.5 hour visit to the lab. Participants will be compensated $300 in the form of a visa gift card.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Must be male between 7-17 years old.
Recruiting either generally healthy boys or boys diagnosed with Duchenne or Becker Muscular Dystrophy.
Healthy boys should be normal weight and not be diagnosed with, or take medication for any chronic diseases or conditions

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email Michele at dagatami@udel.edu or call 302-831-6958 for more information or to enroll in the study.

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Acute Added Sugar Intake and Brain Health

Acute effects of added sugar intake on cerebrovascular function and brain integrity

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Healthy Volunteers, Nutrition and Food | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Christopher Martens | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716, University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Faria Sanjana  |   EMAIL: fsanjana@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

The study consists of a consent and screening visit that requires 2 hours of your time. Once you qualify, there will be 2 more visits in which we will be performing a baseline MRI scan and blood draw after which you will eat either a low-sugar or a high-sugar meal. After 3 hours, we will repeat the MRI scan and blood draw. Each visit will take about 4.5 hours, however, you’re free for ~2 hours after you consume the meals during which you can work/read at the MRI center at UD.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Generally healthy, non-smoking individuals between the ages of 30 and 64, who are willing to go in an MRI

HOW TO APPLY:

If interested, please email: fsanjana@udel.edu

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Magnetic Stimulation Study of the Brain

Neural Substrates of Motivation

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Healthy Volunteers | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Philip Gable | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: Austin Moran  |   EMAIL: morana@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

In this study, you will perform basic cognitive and motivational tasks (eg., responding to visual stimuli) on a computer after being presented with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a form of non-invasive brain stimulation that involves the delivery of brief magnetic pulses to stimulate neurons in the cortex and transiently disrupt neural activity in a small area of the brain. This study consists of two sessions total which take approximately 2 hours each and are separated by at least 24 hours. Participants are compensated $12.50 an hour for your participation, with an additional $5 for every 20 minutes if the session where to go longer than 2 hrs.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Individuals must be 18 years of age or older, right handed, able to read and understand English, and have normal or corrected eyesight. Individuals must also not have any of the following exclusion criteria:

1. Be pregnant or suspect to be pregnant.
2. Have a history of active neurological problems, including seizures.
3. Have a history of psychiatric disorders, including mania, psychosis or depression.
4. Have a history of seizures or of epilepsy in a first degree relative.
5. Have a history of head injury with unconsciousness lasting more than 5 minutes.
6. Have a history of stroke.
7. Have previously had brain surgery.
8. Have medical or neurological conditions in which a seizure would be particularly harmful (e.g. increased intracranial pressure).
9. Have a history of tinnitus.
10. Have metallic hardware near head, neck or heart; examples include: cardiac pacemakers, cochlear implants, implantable medical pumps, ventriculo-peritoneal shunts, deep brain stimulators, or intracardiac lines.
11. Have ever had an adverse reaction to TMS.
12. Currently suffer from frequent or severe headaches.
13. Have consumed one or more alcoholic beverages within an hour prior to the study
14. Are suffering from sleep deprivation (lesser than 4 hours of sleep in the past 24hrs).
15. Currently consume any of the drugs and/or medicines listed below that are Drug Contraindications, or any drugs and/or medicine known to lower the seizure threshold.

Drug Contraindications include: Alcohol (within one hour of testing), Amitriptyline, Amphetamines, Chlorpromazine, Clozapine, Cocaine, Doxepin, Foscarnet, Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Ganciclovir, Imipramine, Ketamine, Maprotiline, MDMA (ecstasy), Nortriptyline, Phencyclidine (PCP), Ritonavir, Theophylline, or any other medication prescribed for antidepressant medication or medication prescribed to decrease seizure thresholds.

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply please send a short email stating your interest in being a participant to scenlab@gmail.com.

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Speech Stats Study

How sensitive is your brain to the statistical structure in speech sounds?

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Speech and Language | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Arild Hestvik | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: Chao Han  |   EMAIL: hanchao@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 3025534750

DESCRIPTION:

You will wear EEG equipment that records your brain activity while you are listening to and identifying some syllables. At the same time, you will complete a jigsaw puzzle based on how you identify them. The experiment takes 90-120 minutes to complete. You will get $20 for completing the experiment.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Native English speakers aged18-30, no language impairment history

HOW TO APPLY:

If you are interested contact Chao Han at hanchao@udel.edu

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Sensorimotor Adaptation in People with Parkinson’s Disease

Roles and Interplay of the Multiple Processes Underlying Sensorimotor Adaptation

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Healthy Volunteers, Older Adult | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Joshua Cashaback | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Adam Roth  |   EMAIL: aroth@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of this study is to learn more about how people, with and without Parkinson’s, explore and learn novel motor tasks. The time commitment for participation in the study is approximately 1.5 hours with a base compensation of $10.00. An additional $10.00 can be earned depending on your performance within the task. For those with Parkinson’s Disease, the study consists of a motor exam (MDS-UPDRS) and a reaching experiment. For those without Parkinson’s Disease, the study consists of just the reaching experiment. The experiment will require that you perform some reaching movements while holding the handle of a robotic manipulandum that records where your hand moves. An LCD screen provides task feedback on the success of a particular reach.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Healthy Adults (Age 60-85) OR anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease
Must have no neurological disorders other than Parkinson’s Disease
No previous brain injury or surgery
Free of any musculoskeletal injury/disorder

HOW TO APPLY:

Please contact Adam Roth at cashabacklab@gmail.com for more information.

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Understanding Online News Media Consumption Behaviors

Understanding Online News Media Consumption Behaviors, the Influence of Accuracy Prompts, and Similar Interventions

STUDY CATEGORY: Adolescents, Healthy Volunteers, We are looking for healthy adults as our participants who use the Chrome internet browser to regularly read online news articles from their computer. | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Matthew Louis Mauriello | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: Prerana Khatiwada  |   EMAIL: preranak@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 3025510958

DESCRIPTION:

Do you use your computer to read online news articles? Is Chrome your preferred browser? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then we need your help in a study about online news media!

As a participant in the study, we will ask you to complete a survey about your online news media consumption habits, concerns with misinformation, and opinions on various issues of the day. We will then ask you to install a Chrome plugin that will passively record your internet browsing behaviors for a period of 2-weeks. You may also be contacted for follow-up online debrief interviews via Zoom.

Compensation
You will receive a digital $25 Amazon Gift Card sent to your email for your participation in this study and an additional $5 if you are selected to participate in follow-up debrief interviews.

What happens to my data?
Please note that our tool records the URL of news articles you view if the publisher is known to us. For all other page visits, our tool only records the domain. For example, we may be able to discern that you visited facebook.com but not what you viewed on the site as it is not on our publisher list. Your data will be anonymized at the end of your participation in the study before we begin our analysis.

Register
To register for our study, please visit and follow the instructions on the following website:
https://delaware.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6nRShYeGghK35H0

Questions
If you have any questions, please email Prerana Khatiwada (preranak@udel.edu). Feel free to take a look at our research lab’s website to find out more about our research program: http://sensifylab.org

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Only adults (18 years or older) residing in the U.S. can participate in the study. Adults must be proficient in writing and speaking in English, and use the Chrome internet browser to regularly read online news articles from their computer.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please read and complete our online digital consent form by clicking the “How to Apply Link” provided. Once you have completed the consent form, you will be emailed instructions regarding how to install our Chrome browser plugin. If you have any questions, please email Prerana Khatiwada (preranak@udel.edu)

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HBPStories

High Blood Pressure Stories

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation) | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Yendelela Cuffee | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: Yendelela Cuffee  |   EMAIL: ylcuffee@udel.com

DESCRIPTION:

Storytelling is an engaging approach for sharing health information for individuals managing chronic conditions such as high blood pressure. The goal High Blood Pressure Stories (HBPStories) study is to assess interest in the use of storytelling for people living with and managing high blood pressure.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

African Americans adults (18 or older) living with hypertension and prescribed antihypertensive medication.

HOW TO APPLY:

If you meet the inclusion and exclusion criteria and are interested in participating in the HBP stories, please email UD Research Coordination at the email below.

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Mechanical Vulnerability of the Brain

MRI Measurement of the Mechanical Vulnerability of the Brain

STUDY CATEGORY: Adolescents, Brain and Neurological, Healthy Volunteers, Pediatric | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Curtis Johnson | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Alexis Merritt  |   EMAIL: amerritt@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 3028313883

DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of this research is to better understand brain mechanics using a novel technique called “Magnetic Resonance Elastography”, which involves a brain MRI scan while your head rests on a specialized pillow that gently vibrates. This study consists of a single 3 hour appointment which involves this MRE scan and a series of simple memory tests.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

We are recruiting individuals ranging in age from 14-80 years old. Individuals will be excluded for any of the following reasons: inability to understand consent and experimental instructions that are written in English, history of central nervous system diseases or brain injury, pregnancy, and conditions that contra-indicate MRI.

HOW TO APPLY:

If you are interested in participating in this study please reach out to our study coordinator, Alexis Merritt, via her associated email asking to participate in the “Mechanical Vulnerability of the Brain” study.

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Remote Household Decision-Making Study

Understanding Pandemic Decision-making for Cohabitating Couples

STUDY CATEGORY: Married Couples | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Maik Kecinski | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716, University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713, University of Delaware Dover Campus, UD Academic Center, Educational Technology Building, 700 Campus Drive, Dover, DE 19904, University of Delaware Georgetown Campus, 21179 College Dr, Georgetown, DE 19947, University of Delaware Lewes Campus, 700 Pilottown Rd, Lewes, DE 19958, University of Delaware Wilmington Campus, 2700 Pennsylvania Ave, Wilmington, DE 19806, Fully Remote | STUDY CONTACT: Julia Parker  |   EMAIL: jlparker@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

We are recruiting couples for a paid, remote study about household decisions. During a moderated Zoom session with you and your spouse, you will each be asked to complete simple computer tasks. You and your spouse can each earn up to $80 in Visa gift cards (Average payment is expected to be approximately $45 per participant). The study session takes approximately 40-60 minutes to complete and is conducted entirely online.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

We are recruiting heterosexual couples who are currently married and have been cohabitating for at least one year. All participants must be 18 years old or older.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please use our signup link to access our qualifying survey. If eligible, the signup link allows couples to choose a date and time to complete their session online. Please email the provided contact with any questions.

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BeSMART for Heart Health

BEhavioral System to Monitor And Reinforce hearT health (BeSMART) Study

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Exercise & Physical Activity, Wellness and Lifestyle | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Greg Dominick | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Meg Heintzelman  |   EMAIL: besmartstudy@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-0150

DESCRIPTION:

The Be SMART (BEhavioral System to Monitor And Reinforce hearT health) study will use a wearable activity tracker (Fitbit) combined with weekly health coaching text messages to help you set weekly physical activity goals. Our goal is to better understand the impact of mobile and wearable technology on cardiovascular health in midlife adults.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

To be eligible for this study, you must meet the following inclusion criteria:

• You are between the ages of 35 and 64 years.
• You are able to speak and read in English.
• You own a smartphone (iPhone or Android version 5 or later).
• You either: (a) have borderline high blood pressure but have not yet been prescribed medication OR, (b) have high blood pressure that is controlled with medication.
• You report less than 100 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise in the previous week.
• You do not have a heart condition such as heart failure, chronic bronchitis or emphysema, as well as any muscle, bone or joint condition that may limit your physical activity or that could be made worse by physical activity.
• You have not had a heart attack or stroke, or have ever underdone any medical procedure or surgery to prevent a heart attack or stroke such as angioplasty, stent placement, or coronary by-pass surgery.
• You do not report having signs/symptoms of underlying heart or lung disease.
• You do not experience chronic pain.
• You have not been hospitalized for any mental health condition in the past 2 years.
• You are willing to continuously wear a Fitbit Charge 3 device, day and night, for the entire 12-week study period.

HOW TO APPLY:

Take our online screener:

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Nutrition Messaging Study

External Versus Internal Cues Messaging’s Effect on Affect and Heart Rate Variability

STUDY CATEGORY: Mental Health, Nutrition and Food, Wellness and Lifestyle, Women’s Health | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Carly Pacanowski | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: DEDE Research Team  |   EMAIL: DEDEResearch@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

We are conducting a research study on nutrition messaging, heart rate, and mood in college women with the goal of better understanding how young women are impacted by nutrition messaging.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Undergraduate or graduate students between the ages of 18 and 29 who self-identify as female.

HOW TO APPLY:

Visit this link to take a short survey and determine your eligibility: http://tinyurl.com/UDNutritionMoodStudy.

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Menstrual cycle and vascular function

Assessment of Vascular Function: Changes throughout the menstrual cycle

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Healthy Volunteers, Women’s Health | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Melissa Witman | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Michele D’Agata  |   EMAIL: dagatami@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-6958

DESCRIPTION:

We are seeking Hispanic women to complete a total of 4, 1-hour visits to the lab. Visit 1 is the informed consent and screening and visits 2-4 are vascular testing visits that take place throughout one complete menstrual cycle. We use ultrasound to assess vascular function in the arm and leg.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Generally healthy, Hispanic, premenopausal women, ages 18-35, may NOT be taking any form of hormonal birth control, should have regular menstrual cycles, may not be taking any medications that interfere with the menstrual cycle or vascular function.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email Michele at dagatami@udel.edu or call 302-831-6958 for more information or to enroll in the study.

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Measuring Walking During Daily Activity

Understanding how age, knee osteoarthritis, and symptoms influence the structure and variance of real-world gait mechanics

STUDY CATEGORY: Exercise & Physical Activity, Older Adult, Orthopedic (bone, joints, muscle, tendon), Pain and/or Injury | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Jocelyn Hafer | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Julien Mihy  |   EMAIL: mihyj@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

The Gait Biomechanics Lab is currently looking for healthy older adults and older adults with knee osteoarthritis aged 55-70 to participate in a walking study. The study consists of one lab visit lasting roughly 2 hours and 3 days of wearing small noninvasive sensors during your normal daily activity. Participants will be compensated with a $75 check. If you are interested, please contact Julien Mihy at gaitbiomechlab@udel.edu.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

We are currently looking for healthy older adults and older adults with knee osteoarthritis aged 55-70. Individuals with a cardiovascular, neurological, or pulmonary condition that limits daily activity may be excluded from this study.

HOW TO APPLY:

If you are interested, please contact us at gaitbiomechlab@udel.edu.

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Exploring Interactions Between Children and their Grandparents Over Video Chat During COVID-19

Exploring Interactions Between Children and their Grandparents Over Video Chat During COVID-19

STUDY CATEGORY: Speech and Language, Child Development | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Roberta Golinkoff | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: Alexus Ramirez  |   EMAIL: alexusgr@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

This study is a one-time, 60-minute commitment. Over Zoom, children and one of their grandparents will be asked to watch and discuss a short video and a series of pictures. Then, children will play a fun language game. Lastly, the parent and grandparent will complete a quick questionnaire. Please help us understand how children can learn from their grandparents over video chat!

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

We are looking for parents with children between the ages of 4- to 6-years. Children must have a grandparent who is willing to participate in the study.

HOW TO APPLY:

To sign up, please email (childsplaylab@gmail.com), call (302-831-2073), or sign up here: https://www.childsplay.udel.edu/sign-up/

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Adolescent Heel Pain Treatment

Activity Modification and Load Management for Adolescents with Heel Pain

STUDY CATEGORY: Adolescents, Exercise & Physical Activity, Orthopedic (bone, joints, muscle, tendon), Pain and/or Injury, Sports | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Karin Silbernagel | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Kayla Seymore  |   EMAIL: seymorek@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-3145

DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of the study is to test a treatment strategy specific for calcaneal apophysitis (Sever’s Disease), focusing on education about activity modification and load management while allowing participants to continue or resume sports or physical activity during treatment.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Children and adolescents between 7 and 17 years-old who have had heel pain for at least 3 weeks, which gets worse with running or jumping.

HOW TO APPLY:

Participate in this study or learn more

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Memory and Walking Study

Motor Learning in Mild Cognitive Impairment

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Exercise & Physical Activity, Men’s Health, Mental Health, Older Adult, Women’s Health | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Susanne Morton | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Ashley Fath  |   EMAIL: fath@udel.edu   |   PHONE: (302) 283-9936

DESCRIPTION:

Older adults with memory problems, healthy older adults, and young healthy adults all wanted for a research study! If you are generally healthy, you may be eligible to participate in a research study examining the relationship between motor learning and thinking and memory skills. Participation in this study would require either 3 or
5 visits to our lab at UD for a total of no more than 8 or 12 hours. During the visits you would complete a battery of thinking and memory tests on one visit and walk on a treadmill for up to 45 minutes at a time during the other visits. You may also complete surveys and clinical assessments of your walking and balance. You could be compensated up to $40 for the 3-visit study and up to $60 for the 5-visit study if you complete all testing sessions.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Young adults: 18-35 years old
Older adults: 50-90 years old
Older adults with memory problems: 50-90 years old

HOW TO APPLY:

Please contact [Soumya Bhat, PT, DPT, by phone 302-831-7422 or email soumya@udel.edu] or [the Rehabilitation and Neuroplasticity Lab by phone (302) 283-9936 or by email RNP-Lab@udel.edu]

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Timing of Vision

Temporal Resolution of Visual System

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Healthy Volunteers, Normal or Corrected to Normal Vision | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Keith Schneider | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: Heather Aiken  |   EMAIL: haiken@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

You will view a screen with moving stimuli and be asked to report which stimuli began moving first.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Must have normal or corrected to normal vision.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email haiken@udel.edu that you are interested in the vision study!

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The Fight or Flight Response in Women

Central Autonomic Regulation in Women with Advancing Reproductive Age: A Pilot Study

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Women’s Health | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Megan Wenner | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Shane McGinty  |   EMAIL: smcginty@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 484-678-5088

DESCRIPTION:

This study is focused on understanding how the sympathetic nervous system (aka “fight or flight response”) controls blood pressure in women across different ages and particularly in women before, during, and after menopause.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

We are searching for women aged 18-60 years who can undergo an MRI. You cannot participate if you use tobacco, have a history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes, or use Depo-Provera or a hormonal IUD.

HOW TO APPLY:

To hear more information about the study please click the link below to enter your information or email smcginty@udel.edu.

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Menopause Study

Mechanisms of Vascular Dysfunction with Advancing Reproductive Age

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Exercise & Physical Activity, Healthy Volunteers, Women’s Health | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Megan Wenner | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Kathy Masso  |   EMAIL: kcmasso@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-3493

DESCRIPTION:

It has recently been shown that mortality from cardiovascular disease is increased in women aged 35-54 years, which is the time of when women are approaching and transitioning through menopause. It is unclear what contributes to this increased mortality rate, and is a significant problem for women’s health.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

You may be eligible to participate if you..
• Are a healthy woman age 40 to 55
• Are experiencing either regular or irregular menstrual cycles and/or other symptoms of menopause
• Do not use hormonal birth control or hormone replacement therapy (i.e., you are not taking the pill, using a hormonal IUD, or receiving
treatment for hot flashes)
• Do not smoke
• Do not have high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes
• Can attend visits in Newark. Delaware

HOW TO APPLY:

Please review study details in the link and click Get in Touch to schedule a screening call.

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Blood Vessel Function in Children

Arterial Stiffness and Vascular Function in Children

STUDY CATEGORY: Adolescents, Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Exercise & Physical Activity, Healthy Volunteers, Pediatric | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Melissa Witman, PhD | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Krista Szymanski  |   EMAIL: kmanski@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of this study is to assess blood vessel function in children. Atherosclerotic heart disease is a slowly developing process which can begin its earliest stages of development during childhood. Our aim is to characterize blood vessel function prior to the development and manifestation of any clinical symptoms of heart disease in healthy children. Your child will be one of approximately 100 participants in this study. Participants will be generally healthy boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 17 years old.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Participants will be generally healthy boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 17 years old. Your child would not be able to participate if he/she is not in good overall health, is diagnosed with any chronic diseases or conditions (i.e. autoimmune diseases, chronic infections, cancers, congenital diseases), has a body mass index that lies outside the “normal” range, or is currently taking any medications which may alter blood vessel function.

HOW TO APPLY:

If you are interested in participating or have additional questions, please reach out to witmanresearchlab@udel.edu or call 302-831-6958.

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First Foods Study (an Infant Feeding Study)

First Foods Study: Differential effect of the first complementary food types on the infant gastrointestinal microbiome-A Pilot Study

STUDY CATEGORY: Healthy Volunteers, Nutrition and Food, Pediatric | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Jillian Trabulsi | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Lynn Ferro  |   EMAIL: ferrol@udel.edu   |   PHONE: (302) 722-5125

DESCRIPTION:

Infants at least 5 months old fed an exclusively human milk-fed diet who are ready to begin solid foods are needed for a study to determine the effect of first foods on the infant’s natural gut bacteria (gut microbiota). The study involves two 45-minute visits to the Energy Balance and Nutrition Lab at the University of Delaware’s STAR Tower as well as feeding your infant an intervention food (baby food puree), completing diet records, and collecting infant stool samples. Participants will be compensated up to $285 for their time and effort.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

1. Infant was born vaginally
2. Infant was born full term
3. Infant has no significant gastrointestinal medical issues/diagnoses
4. Infant is at least 5 months old, but not older than 8 months old
5. Infant consumes an exclusively human milk liquid diet only
6. Infant has not yet begun consuming solid foods
7. Infant is developmentally ready to begin consuming solid foods
8. Infant has not had antibiotics within the past month
9. Infant’s nursing mother has not had antibiotics within the past month
10. Parent/legal guardian is at least 18 years old

HOW TO APPLY:

To see if you qualify for this study please email or call Lynn Ferro at ferrol@udel.edu or (302) 722-5125

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Stuttering and The Brain

Neural Subtypes of Developmental Stuttering

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Healthy Volunteers, Pediatric, Speech and Language, Stuttering | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Ho Ming Chow | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Samuel Farrand  |   EMAIL: sfarrand@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-635-0812

DESCRIPTION:

This study explores behavioral and brain differences in 6-13 year old children with and without developmental stuttering. It is conducted in person and remotely with at least one in person meeting for a brain scan (magnetic resonance imaging) and behavioral testing. Other behavioral testing may be completed remotely.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

6-13 year-old children, typically developing, with or without developmental stuttering, no history of cognitive or neurological impairments, not taking medication affecting brain function, other limited criteria apply

HOW TO APPLY:

Please complete the brief registration form provided in the link or contact Samuel Farrand by phone (3026350812) or email stutteringproject@udel.edu

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Music for Young Listeners with ASD

Engaging Young Autistic Listeners: A Technology Prototyping and Music Theory Community Engagement Project

STUDY CATEGORY: Adolescents, Music | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Matthew Mauriello | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: Matthew Mauriello  |   EMAIL: asdmusic.ud@gmail.com

DESCRIPTION:

We invite you and your child with autism to participate in a safe, interactive, and musically engaging research project run by University of Delaware faculty and students in collaboration with Autism Delaware. Inspired by Autism Delaware’s mission — “that all people with autism have opportunities to learn, grow, and live full lives as included and valued members of their communities” — the focus of our research is to create arrangements of children’s songs that promote engaged music listening by children with autism. These arrangements are intended to empower such children to listen with pleasure, attention, and participation (e.g. singing along), and to thus gain access to a formative cultural experience shared by many children. The arrangements composed by music students and faculty at the University of Delaware are designed specifically for children with autism, and future compositions and technology innovations will benefit from you and your child’s input.

Research participants (one parent-child pair) will complete a single short survey providing introductory information and availability. Based on this availability, a meeting will be arranged at the Rt. 9 Library and Innovation Center (New Castle, DE) multi-sensory room. During this 60–90 min. session, the child will be introduced to the multi-sensory room and music-listening device, and then have the opportunity to listen to interactive children’s songs on a prototype music-listening device. Following the session, both parent and child will be asked to complete a short semi-structured interview about the experience. Following the completion of the visit, parents will receive a $20 digital gift card to Amazon sent to your email address.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

We are recruiting adult and child pairs. Child participants must be between 4–12 years of age, accompanied by one adult parent or legal guardian, and must not be hearing impaired.

HOW TO APPLY:

To volunteer you and your child as participants in this study, please complete the following eligibility questionnaire:
https://tinyurl.com/MusicforListenerswithASD

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Family Stress and Sleep

Family Stress and Sleep Study

STUDY CATEGORY: Healthy Volunteers, Pediatric, Public Health including Covid-19, Wellness and Lifestyle | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Lauren Covington | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Destiny Mahmood  |   EMAIL: familystressandsleep@gmail.com   |   PHONE: 3028948229

DESCRIPTION:

This study aims to learn about how family stress affects sleep in caregivers and their toddlers over 2-weeks.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

1. Men and women aged 18 and up who have a toddler aged 12-47 months old (1-3 years).
2. Adult participants much be the child’s primary caregiver.
3. Adult and child must not be diagnosed with a sleep disorder or use sleep medications (prescription, over-the-counter or herbal).
4. Adults must live in the same household as the toddler at least 4 nights/week.
5. Adult must not be pregnant.
6. Family must be eligible for federal funding (e.g., WIC or SNAP benefits, free lunch program).
7. Participants must be able to attend 2 study visits at UD STAR Tower or virtually on Zoom, and complete study protocol over approximately 14 days.

HOW TO APPLY:

Complete the questionnaire at the website below to see if you are eligible to participate and set up a phone call with the study coordinator, Destiny.

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Walking with JITAIs

Walking With JITAI’s, A Just-in-Time Adaptive Intervention

STUDY CATEGORY: Exercise & Physical Activity, Healthy Volunteers, Wellness and Lifestyle | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Gregory Dominick | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Cora Firkin  |   EMAIL: cjfirkin@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-455-7448

DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of this study is to understand how wearable technology can be used to promote physical activity. This study will examine the effect of sending short messages at certain times of the day to increase walking behavior and reduce long periods of sitting over a four-week intervention.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Inclusion: Healthy adults

● You are between the ages of 18-64 years.
● You are able to speak and read in English.
● You own an Apple iPhone (version 6 or later).
● You are healthy enough to engage in unsupervised/unrestricted physical activity.

Exclusion: You are currently too physically active.

● You report more than 100 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in the previous week.

HOW TO APPLY:

To Apply, you can fill out the screener at the URL to see if you are eligible for the study. Thank you from the Physical Activity Measurement and Evaluation Lab! If you have any questions, please contact Cora Firkin, Ph.D. Candidate, at the email provided.

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Multisensory Integration while Walking

Multisensory Integration while Walking

STUDY CATEGORY: Exercise & Physical Activity, Healthy Volunteers, Older Adult | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Hendrik Reimann | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Stephen DiBianca  |   EMAIL: deebs@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

This study aims to learn more about the relationship between sensory acuity and sensory influences on balance.

What will you be doing?
Walking Assessment: You will be walking in our virtual reality cave while viewing small movements on the projected screen
Sensory Acuity Assessment: You will view a virtual scene that will slightly move to assess the smallest amount of movement you can detect

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Healthy young adults between 18-35
Healthy older adults between 55-79

HOW TO APPLY:

Please contact Stephen DiBianca at deebs@udel.edu

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Walking at different speeds in VR Setup

Visual Sensory Contribution to Balance During Walking at Different Speeds

STUDY CATEGORY: Healthy Volunteers, Balance, walking and virtual reality | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Hendrik Reimann | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Eman Alsaqabi  |   EMAIL: alsaqabi@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

This is a study that investigate whether changing walking speed can help with balance. Participants will be asked to walk at different speeds on a self-paced treadmill in a virtual reality setup. Additionally, a set of clinical tests will be performed to assess gait, balance, and body sensory system.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Inclusion:
– age between 18 – 39 years old.
– able to walk unassisted for 9 minutes.
Exclusion:
– Had any head, neck, or face injury in the six months prior to the study (e.g., concussion, eye injury).
– Have a history of balance or eye dysfunction.
– Currently taking any medications affecting balance (e.g. cardiovascular medications designed to affect the blood pressure or heart rate, benzodiazepines, narcotic pain medications, especially opioids, or medication specifically to prevent dizziness).
– Had any injuries to lower extremities affecting balance in the past six months.
– Pregnant.
– Have any neurological disorders (e.g., seizure disorders, closed head injuries with loss of consciousness greater than 15 minutes, brain tumor, history of stroke).
– Have conditions affecting the heart or lung.
– Have other comorbidities that might affect your ability to safely walk without assistance for at least 9 minutes.
– Allergic to medical-grade adhesives.

HOW TO APPLY:

Contact the investigator, Eman Alsaqabi using alsaqabi@udel.edu

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The effect of concussion history on complex jump-landing and walking tasks

The Persistent Effect of Concussion History on Gait Outcomes and Lower Extremity Biomechanics associated with Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Risk

STUDY CATEGORY: Exercise & Physical Activity, Healthy Volunteers, Sports, Concussion research | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Thomas Kaminski | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Tsung-Yeh Chou  |   EMAIL: tsungyeh@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 3465614446

DESCRIPTION:

The primary goal of this project is to investigate the persistent effect of concussion on gait outcomes and landing biomechanics suggestive of lower extremity musculoskeletal injury risk. We will examine the differences in gait outcomes, the effect of task difficulty during jump-landing tasks, and the clinical utility of a jump-landing screening tool between individuals with and without a concussion in the past year. This study will advance the knowledge of subsequent injury risk following concussion, enhance the evidence-based practices for clinicians in concussion management, and identify areas for interventions in concussion rehabilitation.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

To qualify to participate in this study, all participants need to

Physically active individuals between the ages of 18 – 25
Without any severe lower extremity injury history that required surgery (ex: anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] tear)
Without any lower extremity injury history in the past six months that has resulted in physical activity time loss for more than three days
Without a history of moderate/severe traumatic brain Injury; vestibular disorders/vertigo/motion sickness/Meniere’s disease, or brain surgery
Free from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disability, and seizure disorder
Not currently being treated for a concussion
Not currently taking medication that affects balance or attention

HOW TO APPLY:

This study investigates jump-landing and walking tasks in Physically active individuals with and without a concussion history. The testing will be one session requiring 3 hours. If you would like to know more about this study, please contact me at 346-561-4446 or tsungyeh@udel.edu

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The Effect of Cholesterol on the Immune System and Brain Function

The effect of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol on human T-cell metabolism and inflammation.

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Healthy Volunteers, Older Adult, Wellness and Lifestyle, Immune Function | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Christopher Martens | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Ted DeConne  |   EMAIL: deconnet@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 2035832442

DESCRIPTION:

We are interested in looking at the effect of cholesterol on immune and brain blood vessel function in young and middle-aged adults.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Healthy individuals free of chronic disease between the ages of 18-29 or 50-64 years of age with normal low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (<150 mg/dl) not on any long-term medications affecting inflammation (e.g., steroids) or blood lipids (e.g., statins).

HOW TO APPLY:

If you are interested in participating, then please contact Ted DeConne at 203-583-2442 or the email address below or use the link below with the code ”EXJWW3898″ to complete a pre-screening survey.

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Cardiovascular effects of salt: The role of aerobic fitness and physical activity

The Role of Oxidative Stress and Endothelial Dysfunction in High Sodium-Induced Changes in Pulsatile Hemodynamics

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Exercise & Physical Activity, Healthy Volunteers, Nutrition and Food, Wellness and Lifestyle | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Dave Edwards | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Jordan Patik  |   EMAIL: jpatik@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

This study is investigating how increased dietary salt intake affects the heart and blood vessels and whether these effects are influenced by aerobic fitness or the amount of aerobic activity a person participates in on a regular basis. Following a 1.5-hour screening visit, participants visit the lab for two 3-hour sessions in which heart and blood vessel health is tested. For 10 days before each study visit, participants take salt or placebo pills in addition to eating their normal diet. Participants are compensated $220 for completing the study.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

We are seeking healthy individuals aged 21-45 who exercise 4 or more days per week. Smokers, pregnant or nursing women, and individuals with chronic diseases are not eligible.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please be contact Jordan Patik via email to express interest in participating.

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Cardiovascular effects of salt: The role of aerobic fitness and physical activity

The Role of Oxidative Stress and Endothelial Dysfunction in High Sodium-Induced Changes in Pulsatile Hemodynamics

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Exercise & Physical Activity, Healthy Volunteers, Nutrition and Food, Wellness and Lifestyle | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Dave Edwards | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Jordan Patik  |   EMAIL: jpatik@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

This study is investigating how increased dietary salt intake affects the heart and blood vessels and whether these effects are influenced by aerobic fitness or the amount of aerobic activity a person participates in on a regular basis. Following a 1.5-hour screening visit, participants visit the lab for two 3-hour sessions in which heart and blood vessel health is tested. For 10 days before each study visit, participants take salt or placebo pills in addition to eating their normal diet. Participants are compensated $220 for completing the study.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

We are seeking healthy individuals aged 21-45 who exercise 4 or more days per week. Smokers, pregnant or nursing women, and individuals with chronic diseases are not eligible.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please be contact Jordan Patik via email to express interest in participating.

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Child Development and Education (15months-5 years old)

Child’s Play, Learning and Development Lab

STUDY CATEGORY: Pediatric | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Roberta Golinkoff | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: Janelle Craig  |   EMAIL: jxc@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

We are looking for young children (15 months-5 years old) to join us in our exploration of children’s abilities to learn language, develop spatial skills, and perceive emotions and shapes in their environments.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Children ages 15 months to 5 years years old are invited to join our research.

HOW TO APPLY:

Sign up on our website: childsplay.udel.edu
Give us a call: (302)-831-2073
Email us: childsplaylab@gmail.com

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Adolescents & Anxiety Development

Testing a Dual Mechanism Model of Adolescent Anxiety Development & Related Sex Differences

STUDY CATEGORY: Adolescents, Brain and Neurological, Mental Health, Pediatric, Public Health including Covid-19 | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Jeffrey Spielberg | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: Leah Green  |   EMAIL: lwgreen@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-709-1570

DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of our study is to understand why some kids develop difficulty in controlling their anxiety as they go from being a child to a teenager. We also aim to understand how parent experiences with anxiety might relate to their child’s emotions. Participants will be asked to complete surveys, a short interview, and computer tasks with pictures. Some participants will be asked if they would like to proceed to the MRI portion of our study.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

We are recruiting parents with their biological child age 11-12 years old if the child was assigned female at birth, or 12-13 years old if the child was assigned male at birth. Children need to feel comfortable lying with their head in an enclosed, small space while wearing a face mask in the MRI scanner. Both the parent and child need to be fluent in English to participate. At this time we are not recruiting children who are left-handed or have been diagnosed with autism or conduct disorder or parents who live with their child less than 50% of the time. You must be driving distance from the University of Delaware’s Main Campus.

HOW TO APPLY:

Parents can either fill out a brief survey linked below or call (302) 709-1570 to complete the screening over the phone. Please leave a voicemail if we do not pick up!

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Control of balance during walking in Parkinson’s disease and older adults

Control of balance during walking in Parkinson’s disease and older adults

STUDY CATEGORY: Healthy Volunteers, Older Adult | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: John Jeka | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Abigail Bower  |   EMAIL: aebower@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

The COBAL Lab is looking for older adults to participate in a study on walking and balance.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Healthy older age 55 or older with no neurological or musculoskeletal injuries and who can walk for 2 minutes unassisted.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please contact Maelyn Arcodia at arcodma@udel.edu

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Pregnancy & Child Development Study

Modified ABC for Mothers and their Infants

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Healthy Volunteers, Pediatric, Women’s Health | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Mary Dozier | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: Krupa Patel  |   EMAIL: kpatel@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-803-4618

DESCRIPTION:

We are interested in learning more about how parents’ and babies’ brains, bodies, and behaviors change with experiences. Eligible mothers who enroll are invited to come to the University of Delaware to participate in research activities during their third trimester of pregnancy, and then for follow-up visits when their child is 3, 6, and 12 months old. Mothers are compensated for every research visit and can earn up to $575 over the course of the year if they complete all assessments.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Women who are currently pregnant or up to one month post-partum.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please fill out the short questionnaire and we will reach out regarding your eligibility shortly.

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Walking with JITAIs

Walking With JITAI’s, A Just-in-Time Adaptive Intervention

STUDY CATEGORY: Exercise & Physical Activity, Healthy Volunteers, Wellness and Lifestyle | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Greg Dominick | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Cora Firkin  |   EMAIL: cjfirkin@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-455-7448

DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of this study is to understand how wearable technology can be used to promote physical activity. This study will examine the effect of sending short messages at certain times of the day to increase walking behavior and reduce long periods of sitting over a six-week intervention.

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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Healthy adults ;
● You are between the ages of 18-64 years.
● You are able to speak and read in English.
● You own an Apple iPhone (version 6 or later).
● You are healthy enough to engage in unsupervised/unrestricted physical activity.
Exclusion: You are currently too physically active.
● You report more than 100 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in the previous week.

HOW TO APPLY:

To Apply, you can fill out the screener at the URL to see if you are eligible for the study. Thank you from the Physical Activity Measurement and Evaluation Lab! If you have any questions, please contact Cora Firkin, Ph.D. Candidate, at the email provided.

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