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.

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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE RESEARCH STUDIES (52)
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.

Listing expires: May 18, 2024

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).

Study Contact Email:

cv-nutrition-research@udel.edu

Listing expires: August 19, 2024

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.

Study Contact Email:

scenlab@gmail.com

Listing expires: April 19, 2024

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.

Study Contact Email:

gaitbiomechlab@udel.edu

Listing expires: January 24, 2025

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.

APPLY

Listing expires: February 18, 2025

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.

Study Contact Email:

witmanresearchlab@udel.edu

Listing expires: July 18, 2024

Stuttering and The Brain

Neural Subtypes of Developmental Stuttering

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Healthy Volunteers, Pediatric, Speech and Language, other : 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

Study Contact Email:

stutteringproject@udel.edu

Listing expires: January 23, 2025

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: familystressandsleepstudy@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.

APPLY Study Contact Email:

familystressandsleepstudy@gmail.com

Listing expires: May 18, 2024

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, other : 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

Study Contact Email:

tsungyeh@udel.edu

Listing expires: April 19, 2024

Vitamin D Study

Effects of Vitamin D on Cardiovascular Health in Black Women

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Nutrition and Food, Wellness and Lifestyle, 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: 8604618503

DESCRIPTION:

This research study seeks to evaluate the effects of vitamin D on sleep, blood pressure, and blood vessel function in young Black women.

This is a 2-part study. Part 1 requires two visits to the lab, 2 weeks of sleep monitoring with a wrist watch, 1 day of 24-hour blood pressure monitoring, and a 2-hour blood vessel function testing visit. You will be compensated $50 for completing Part 1.

Part 2 includes vitamin D supplementation, but is not required for participation in Part 1. If you enroll in Part 2 you will receive vitamin D supplements for 8 continuous weeks. Part 2 also requires two additional blood vessel function testing visits, two additional periods of sleep monitoring, and 2 additional days of 24-hour blood pressure monitoring. You will be compensated an additional $120 for completing Part 2.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

no diagnosed diseases or conditions including hypertension or sleep-related disorders, BMI < 30, not taking any medications for sleep (i.e., melatonin), non-smoker, and must be willing to undergo a venous blood draw.

HOW TO APPLY:

Email Michele at dagatami@udel.edu

Study Contact Email:

dagatami@udel.edu

Listing expires: October 18, 2024

Effects of wild blueberry consumption on cognition and cardiovascular health

The effects of wild blueberry consumption on cognition and cardiovascular health in healthy older adults

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Healthy Volunteers, Mental Health, Nutrition and Food, Older Adult | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Sheau Ching Chai | 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: Anita Dini  |   EMAIL: ChaiResearchLab@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-7218

DESCRIPTION:

If you choose to participate, you will be asked to consume either 24 g fresh wild blueberry powder or placebo for 12 weeks. Memory performance and cardiovascular risk factors will be assessed before and after the 12 weeks intervention.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

If you are age 60-80, and have not been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, you may be eligible to participate in our study!

HOW TO APPLY:

If you are interested, please call 302-831-7218 or email ChaiResearchLab@udel.edu

Study Contact Email:

ChaiResearchLab@udel.edu

Listing expires: April 19, 2024

The Stress Reduction Study

The Stress Reduction Training for Relationship and Personal Well-Being Study

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Mental Health, Wellness and Lifestyle | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Lisa Jaremka | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: Talia Gillespie  |   EMAIL: projectclose@gmail.com

DESCRIPTION:

Researchers from the University of Delaware are looking for couples to participate in a research study about a stress reduction program. During the study you will both complete a 14-day stress-reduction intervention at home and also attend 2 lab visits together (around 4.5 hours total). You will each be compensated with $175 plus have the opportunity to earn an additional $25 bonus.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

We are recruiting couples living together at least 2 years, who are at least 35 years old. People of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or race are welcome to participate.

HOW TO APPLY:

For more information and to complete the eligibility survey, please visit http://projectclose.com/studies-MINDv2.html. This website also describes the COVID protocols we have in place.

APPLY Study Contact Email:

projectclose@gmail.com

Listing expires: April 4, 2024

Stroke Research Registry

Stroke Research Registry

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Speech and Language | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Susanne Morton | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Kenna Gilley  |   EMAIL: strokestudies@udel.edu   |   PHONE: (302) 831-3391

DESCRIPTION:

The Stroke Research Registry provides authorized University of Delaware researchers with a centralized digital database of stroke survivors who may be interested in participating in the ongoing stroke research at the University. There are both in person and virtual/phone stroke studies available.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Individuals over the age of 18 and have had a stroke.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please contact Kenna Gilley at strokestudies@udel.edu or (302) 831-3391 for more information.

APPLY Study Contact Email:

strokestudies@udel.edu

Listing expires: August 18, 2024

Music for Young Listeners with ASD

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

STUDY CATEGORY: Adolescents, other : 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, you will receive a $50 Amazon Digital Gift Card (sent by email) as compensation. In addition, participants whose home is more than 5 miles from the Rt. 9 Library will receive additional compensation for mileage and travel time



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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

APPLY Study Contact Email:

asdmusic.ud@gmail.com

Listing expires: February 27, 2025

Motor Output in Parkinson’s Disease

Segmented Motor Output: A Marker of Parkinson’s Disease

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Older Adult | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Christopher Knight | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Rebecca Daniels  |   EMAIL: rdaniels@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

Do you have Parkinson’s disease? You may be eligible for a research study investigating how Parkinson’s disease motor symptoms relate to performing fast movement. We are currently conducting a research study about Parkinson’s motor symptoms and we are looking for adults with PD who are interested in participating. We are interested in how different motor symptoms affect fast movements in people with Parkinson’s disease. Participating in this study would involve one 1-hour visit at University of Delaware. You would perform some clinical tests of motor symptoms similar to the assessments your PT or neurologist would perform, including tasks like finger tapping to measure bradykinesia and touching your finger to your nose to measure tremor. We would also test your grip strength, and have you perform some laboratory tests that involve pushing against a force device with your index finger many times quickly to see how your brain controls fast muscular contractions. If you participate, we will give you a copy of your clinical symptom tests.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Inclusion criteria include individuals with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. Exclusion criteria include individuals with another neurological or movement disorder in addition to Parkinson’s Disease.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please contact Rebecca Daniels at rdaniels@udel.edu to express your interest. She will determine if you are eligible and if so, schedule a study visit.

Study Contact Email:

rdaniels@udel.edu

Listing expires: April 21, 2024

Learning to change a walking pattern in people with Parkinson’s disease

Locomotor learning in people with Parkinson’s disease

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Exercise & Physical Activity, Healthy Volunteers, Older Adult | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Darcy Reisman | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Elizabeth Thompson  |   EMAIL: lizthomp@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-0858

DESCRIPTION:

We want to learn about how people change their walking (on a treadmill) under different conditions.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

40 years old or older, able to walk without another person’s help for at least 10 minutes, no history of neurological injury or illness, no new injury in the last 6 months that affects your walking, no new cardiac or pulmonary procedures in the last 3 months

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email the investigator at the address below. Thank you!

Study Contact Email:

lizthomp@udel.edu

Listing expires: April 23, 2024

Mech 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 “Mech Vulnerability of the Brain” study.

Study Contact Email:

amerritt@udel.edu

Listing expires: May 14, 2024

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.

Listing expires: May 19, 2024

Pediatric motor rehabilitation via socially interacting robot swarms

Pediatric motor rehabilitation via socially interacting robot swarms

STUDY CATEGORY: Pediatric : pediatric rehabilitation, infants | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Bert Tanner | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Kleio Baxevani  |   EMAIL: kleiobax@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-345-5951

DESCRIPTION:

The overall goal of this project is to design a portable motor rehabilitation environment for pre-school children (age 6 months to 3 years) with mobility impairments. Children in this environment will be motivated to participate in games that involve physical activity through the use of a body weight support system (BWSS) and through interaction with palm-sized toy robots. We plan to collect video and electroencephalography (EEG) data to monitor the child’s physical and brain activity. The child will be receiving cues through the robots’ motion, with the ultimate goal to maintain her engagement in the gameplay, and physical activity, at high levels. Data from wireless EEG cap collected during the optional final session with the child will record brain activity during gameplay and will give the investigators real-time feedback in terms of the efficacy of the robotic social intervention. This project will increase the knowledge in a number of fields: human-machine interaction (infant EEG signal processing and visualization), robotics (new architectures for automatic robot swarm control with human in the loop), computer vision and state estimation (extracting dynamic motion information from video), and pediatric rehabilitation (obtaining quantitative rehabilitation metrics and data, and offering rehabilitation methods that permit social interaction with peers).



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Mobility Impairment group:
Inclusion criteria: (i) age between 6 months and 3 years; (ii) diagnosis of mobility impairment; (iii) medical provider’s clearance form completed/signed for study participation; (iv) body weight less than 50lbs; (v) head control / maintain head in upright position.
Exclusion criteria: (i) vision or hearing problems that prevent the child from seeing the toys or following verbal instruction; (ii) motor impairment of severity that would make any execution of training maneuvers impossible; (iii) body weight in excess of 50lbs; (iv) seizure disorder; (v) contraindications (e.g., severe discomfort, skin irritation, etc.) to harness wearing, either indicated by the child’s physician or observed in session (vi) any other general health issues indicating inability to participate in our study.

Typically developing group:
Inclusion criteria: (i) age between 6 months and 3 years; (ii) not yet walking; (iii) medical provider’s clearance form completed/signed for study participation; (v) head control / maintain head in upright position.
Exclusion criteria: (i) non-correctable vision or hearing problems; (ii) seizure disorder; (iii) severe motor impairment or medical conditions that would inhibit the execution of training regime.

HOW TO APPLY:

Contact via email:
Dr. Bert Tanner: btanner@udel.edu
Dr. Cole Galloway:
jacgallo@udel.edu
Kleio Baxevani:
kleiobax@udel.edu

Study Contact Email:

kleiobax@udel.edu

Listing expires: September 15, 2024

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]

Study Contact Email:

RNP-Lab@udel.edu

Listing expires: May 25, 2024

Sit-to-stand transitions in children with cerebral palsy

Neuromotor Control during Transitions in Children and Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy

STUDY CATEGORY: Adolescents, Brain and Neurological, Exercise & Physical Activity, Healthy Volunteers, Orthopedic (bone, joints, muscle, tendon), Pediatric, other : Disability | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Samuel Lee | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Khushboo Verma  |   EMAIL: vkhush@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 3022763217

DESCRIPTION:

Children and young adults with cerebral palsy can have trouble with daily tasks such as standing up from a chair and sitting down on the chair. They have difficulty maintaining balance that can lead to falls. This raises their risk of disability as they age into their teens. Current treatments are not very effective. In this study, individuals will be asked to stand up from a stool, walk in a straight line, and turn. Subjects will receive electrical stimulation at a very low intensity that cannot be felt to help increase their sensory perception. We will evaluate our treatment by testing balance and other functional measures.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Individuals between the age of 8-24 years with or without a diagnosis of cerebral palsy who can stand up from a chair and start walking.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please fill out the form or email Khushboo at vkhush@udel.edu for more information or to enroll in the study.

APPLY Study Contact Email:

vkhush@udel.edu

Listing expires: July 20, 2024

Individuals withInsertional Achilles Tendinopathy Walking Study

Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy Structure and Gait

STUDY CATEGORY: Orthopedic (bone, joints, muscle, tendon), Pain and/or Injury, Sports : n/a | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Karin Silbernagel | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Hayley Smitheman  |   EMAIL: hpowell@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-3145

DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of this study is to assess walking in individuals with insertional Achilles tendinopathy (pain of the Achilles tendon at the heel bone).



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Individuals at least 18 years of age with insertional Achilles tendinopathy. You should have no other current injury or condition that would limit you from standing or walking, no history of an acute complete Achilles tendon rupture, and are not currently taking or have taken fluoroquinolones within the last month.

HOW TO APPLY:

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

APPLY Study Contact Email:

hpowell@udel.edu

Listing expires: May 16, 2024

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.

Study Contact Email:

jpatik@udel.edu

Listing expires: June 19, 2024

Amputee Astronaut Feasibility Study

Movement Capabilities of Prospective Astronauts and Parastronauts during Emergency Exits of Spacecrafts

STUDY CATEGORY: other : Transtibial Amputee | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Fabrizio Sergi | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Haider Chishty  |   EMAIL: hchishty@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 3027729651

DESCRIPTION:

Prosthetic impact on walking and space capsule exits.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Individuals between 18-65 years of age, with single amputation below the knee. Individuals should be able to walk continuously for 15 minutes without assistance, and must have a body-mass index below or equal to 30. Participants must also be able to read and follow instructions in English.

Individuals will be excluded from participating if they have severe respiratory problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or cardiovascular problems such as heart disease or high blood pressure.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply by emailing the provided email address, indicating your interest in participating.

Study Contact Email:

hchishty@udel.edu

Listing expires: May 16, 2024

WATCH Study

Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease in Early Adulthood

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Exercise & Physical Activity, Healthy Volunteers, Men’s Health, Women’s Health : Other | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Melissa Witman | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Krista Szymanski  |   EMAIL: witmanresearchlab@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-6958

DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of this study is multifaceted as we seek to understand how 1. The timing of daily rest, activity, and meal consumption, 2. The regularity of day-to-day rest, activity, and meal consumption, and 3. The intensity of daily activity relative to rest relate to various subclinical markers of CVD and future CVD risk in a heterogeneous group of young and early middle-age adults.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

You are being asked to participate because…
• You are a healthy adult between the ages of 18-45
o Female participants must be premenopausal

HOW TO APPLY:

You may not be able to participate if you:
• Are unwilling or unable to give consent
• Do not have regular access to a smart phone
• Participate in regular extended fasting in the morning (e.g., do not eat prior to 12pm, consume 1 meal per day, engage in ≥16 hour periods without caloric consumption) or full day fasting
• Are engaging in a weight-loss regimen, including a calorie-restricted diet, during study enrollment
• Unstable body weight (>4.5 kg/~10 lbs. change) over last 3-months
• Have been diagnosed with any chronic disease (a history of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease)
• Have had a positive COVID-19 test within the past 60 days
• Have received a COVID-19 vaccination within the past 14 days
• Have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder (e.g., insomnia, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea) or are high risk for a sleep disorder as determined by the ISI (score >14) or STOP-bang (score ≥3) questionnaires
• Resting blood pressure >140/90 mmHg
• Body mass index 35 kg/m2
• Currently take any supplements or medications for sleep
• Currently take medication that may alter vascular function
• Currently working night-shift work
• Are diagnosed with depression or score ≥16 on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale
• Are currently pregnant, breast feeding, perimenopausal or post-menopausal (females only)
• Currently use tobacco (≥1 cigarette in the last month)
• Meet criteria for suspected alcohol use disorder (AUDIT score ≥15)

APPLY Study Contact Email:

witmanresearchlab@udel.edu

Listing expires: February 4, 2025

Potassium Supplementation Study

The Potassium Supplementation Study

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Healthy Volunteers, Nutrition and Food, Wellness and Lifestyle | 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 consume three 10-days diets (food provided) combined with either a potassium chloride supplement or placebo. On day 10 of each diet, subjects will come to the lab for measurements of blood vessel health. These sessions will last approximately 1.5 hours. As part of study participation, subjects will have their blood pressure and will be provided with 30 days of meals. Participants will also be compensated $150 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)

Study Contact Email:

cv-nutrition-research@udel.edu

Listing expires: July 16, 2024

Antihistamine Study

Determinants of Changes in Arterial Load Following Exercise

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Exercise & Physical Activity, Healthy Volunteers : Effects of Exercise on Vascular Function | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: David Edwards | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Zoe Lincoln  |   EMAIL: zlincoln@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 9127045216

DESCRIPTION:

The Vascular Physiology Lab at UD is recruiting participants for a study investigating what happens to the heart and blood vessels after exercise and antihistamine usage. Participation requires three visits to the laboratory. The screening/exercise testing visit lasts 1.5 hours. At the remaining two visits, participants will take either placebo or antihistamine pills at the beginning of the visit. They will then have their heart and blood vessels scanned with an ultrasound before and after one hour of moderate intensity exercise on a stationary bike. These visits last approximately 4.5 hours. Participants receive $100 for completion of the study.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Inclusion criteria:
-18-45 years
-normotensive (blood pressure <140/90mmHg)
-non pregnant
-body mass index between 18.5-35kg/m2

Exclusion criteria:
-musculoskeletal injury that would prevent you from riding a stationary bike
-smoking/nicotine use
-history of cardiovascular or metabolic disease
-cancer
-kidney disease or reduced kidney function (estimated glomerular filtration rate <90)
-hormone replacement therapy
-medications that affect the cardiovascular system
-daily antihistamine or heart burn medication usage (if you take these daily and decide to participate, you will be asked to refrain from taking 3 days prior to each visit)

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email zlincoln@udel.edu to schedule a visit or learn more information!

Study Contact Email:

zlincoln@udel.edu

Listing expires: July 17, 2024

Child Development and Education (14 months-6 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 (14 months-6 years old) to join us in our exploration of children’s abilities to learn language, develop spatial skills, and learn through play and media.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Children ages 14 months to 6 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

APPLY Study Contact Email:

childsplaylab@gmail.com

Listing expires: August 23, 2024

Motor Adaptation in Young Adults

Roles and Interplay of the Multiple Processes Underlying Sensorimotor Adaptation

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Exercise & Physical Activity, Healthy Volunteers : Motor Control and Learning | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Joshua Cashaback | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: John Buggeln  |   EMAIL: jhb@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

Learning motor skills is fundamental to everyday life, athletics, the performing arts, and rehabilitation. Understanding the ground level principles that govern motor skill acquirement will allow us to learn motor skills optimally. We are interested in studying the effects of various types of rewarding feedback while learning and how that affects the brain.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Young healthy individuals 18-29 years old with no recent

HOW TO APPLY:

Fill out our sign-up link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F44A4A828A2F4CF8-experiment#/, and contact the lab email listed below.

Study Contact Email:

cashabacklab@gmail.com

Listing expires: July 17, 2024

Meal Timing and Health

Time Restricted Eating, Eating Behaviors, and Cardiometabolic Risk in Emerging Adult Women

STUDY CATEGORY: Healthy Volunteers, Nutrition and Food, Wellness and Lifestyle, Women’s Health : none | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Carly Pacanowski | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Diane Vizthum  |   EMAIL: dvizthum@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

If you choose to participate, you will limit your food intake to 10 hours per day for 4 weeks (caloric drinks are also limited to 10 hours per day, but not water or non-caloric drinks). Eating behaviors, diet intake, and body composition (body fat vs lean mass) will be assessed throughout the study. Participants will be compensated up to $125.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Women between the ages of 20-29 who are generally healthy, own a smartphone, and are not pregnant, nursing, or planning to become pregnant in the next 6 months may be eligible!

You must be willing to attend 3 study visits at the University of Delaware’s STAR Tower and fill out remote surveys.

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, fill out the eligibility survey linked below. A member of the research staff will review your responses and let you know if you are eligible.

APPLY Study Contact Email:

dvizthum@udel.edu

Listing expires: August 15, 2024

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.

Study Contact Email:

jmstock@udel.edu

Listing expires: September 14, 2024

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!

APPLY Study Contact Email:

udcadlab@gmail.com

Listing expires: September 14, 2024

Sleep Chatbot Study

Artificial Intelligence sleep chatbot in emerging adults with metabolic syndrome comorbidities: a feasibility study

STUDY CATEGORY: Adolescents, Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Wellness and Lifestyle, other : Sleep health, metabolic syndrome factors | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Xiaopeng Ji | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Sanaz Taherzadeh  |   EMAIL: sanazt@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of this study is to learn more about the benefits of the 4-week chatbot intervention (mobile-app based) on sleep and metabolic syndrome outcomes in young Black/African American adults aged 18-25 years old as well as your satisfaction with the chatbot function and the extent to which you complete the intervention.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Who we are looking for:
– 18-25 years old, self-identify as Black/African American
– having at least one metabolic syndrome factor (high blood pressure, high triglyceride, high blood glucose, Low HDL, excessive abdominal fat),
– AND having poor sleep or short sleep (<7 hours).

HOW TO APPLY:

Please complete the screening questionnaire:
Using the QR code in the flyer,
Sending an email,
Clinking on the link

APPLY Study Contact Email:

sanazt@udel.edu

Listing expires: July 7, 2024

Rhythm in Stuttering

Rhythm Production and Processing in People Who Stutter

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Speech and Language, other : People Who Stutter | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Evan Usler | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Janina Boecher  |   EMAIL: janinab@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 3025888534

DESCRIPTION:

Children and adults who stutter have been shown to exhibit more variable and inaccurate movement patterns on rhythmic tapping and slower responses on motor-speech synchronization tasks. Interestingly, there is a positive correlation between stuttering severity and task performance. Here, we ask how impaired rhythm abilities in stuttering may affect speech processing and shape speech production. To this effect, we will record electroencephalography (EEG), while participants listen to rhythmic tones and syllables. Further, participants will be ask to produce words together with a beat and read a short text passage. We hope to identify potential differences between people who do and do not stutter in terms of how rhythmic information is attended to and encoded by the brain. Speech production data will allow us to explore the link between rhythm representations at the neural level and actual speech performance.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Inclusion Criteria:
Children who stutter between ages 6 and 12
Adults who stutter between ages 18 and 65

Exclusion Criteria:
No history of neurological or hearing impairment
No speech-language disorders beyond stuttering

HOW TO APPLY:

Participants may contact the lab directly by emailing stutteringproject@udel.edu or janinab@udel.edu

Alternatively, potential participants may sign up via our lab website: https://www.delawarestutteringproject.com/sign-up-for-research/

APPLY Study Contact Email:

janinab@udel.edu

Listing expires: August 3, 2024

Bimanual Control in Young Adults

Effects of Single- and Dual-Task Constraints on Force Control during Bimanual Coordination

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Healthy Volunteers, Orthopedic (bone, joints, muscle, tendon) : College students | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Roxana Burciu | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Sophia Crisomia  |   EMAIL: sophcris@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

The Motor Neuroscience and Neuroimaging Laboratory at the University of Delaware is seeking participants for a research study that investigates bimanual coordination in healthy young adults.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

-Individuals between 18 and 30
-Monolingual speaker of English
-Normal or corrected to normal vision
-Right-handed

HOW TO APPLY:

Please contact Sophia Crisomia at sophcris@udel.edu

Study Contact Email:

sophcris@udel.edu

Listing expires: July 12, 2024

EEG Gaming Study

The Effects of Flow State on the Neural Correlates of Precision-Weighted Auditory Prediction Error

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Healthy Volunteers, Older Adult, other : Gaming | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Evan Usler | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Gabrielle Brumond  |   EMAIL: gbrumond@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

Participate in an EEG (electroencephalogram) Gaming study! The entire session takes approximately 2 hours. You will be asked to do a hearing test first. Then while wearing an EEG cap and over-the-head headphones, you will be asked to play a video game on the Nintendo Switch for approximately 60 minutes. While you play the video game, you will hear random tones playing in your headphones. In between the 15 minute intervals you will be asked a series of 10 questions about your experience. After the gaming portion, the session is concluded. For your time, you will receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Individuals between the age of 18 and 65 with no history of hearing impairment, cognitive impairment, or head injury.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested in participating? Email Gabby Brumond, gbrumond@udel.edu, saying you’re interested, with your Monday through Friday 9AM-4PM availability. You will receive an email back with a date and time of your session!

Study Contact Email:

gbrumond@udel.edu

Listing expires: September 18, 2024

Nervous System Control of Fast Movements in Adults with and without Parkinson’s Disease

Motor unit discharge behavior during rapid contractions in people with Parkinson’s disease

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Healthy Volunteers, Older Adult : N/A | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Christopher Knight | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Rebecca Daniels  |   EMAIL: rdaniels@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

This study is interested in how the nervous system controls fast movements, and how Parkinson’s disease symptoms may affect that control. Participation involves performing some clinical tests of Parkinson’s symptoms, a brief cognitive assessment, and experimental tests of nervous system function. During these experimental tests, a small needle electrode will be inserted into the hand muscle between the index finger and thumb, and the participant will push against a device to produce several small, fast movements, while we measure the electrical activity of the nervous system through the electrode. Participation involves one 1-hour visit to the lab on STAR campus, and participants will receive a $50 amazon gift card.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

We are looking for adults aged 40-90 years old with or without Parkinson’s disease, who do not have any other known injury or neuromuscular conditions.

HOW TO APPLY:

If you are interested in participating or want more information, please contact Rebecca Daniels at rdaniels@udel.edu with “motor unit study” in the subject line.

Study Contact Email:

rdaniels@udel.edu

Listing expires: November 15, 2024

Daily stress and blood vessel function in adults with depression

Accelerated vascular aging in midlife as a mechanism linking daily stress to cognitive decline

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Healthy Volunteers, Mental Health, Wellness and Lifestyle : N/A | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Jody Greaney | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Aaron Autler  |   EMAIL: autleras@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-281-4792

DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of the study is to better understand how day-to-day stress affects cardiovascular health in people with depression. You will complete a short 2-3 min morning survey and a slightly longer 5-7 min evening survey every day for 14 consecutive days using an online survey tool. These surveys assess your daily experiences and behaviors. After each survey, you will be asked to complete three brief “brain games.” You will also attend a laboratory visit, at which we will assess your mood, personality, health behaviors, your brain’s thinking ability, and how well your blood vessels work. Finally, we will collect a blood sample.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

You must be a non-smoker of healthy weight between the ages of 18 and 55 to participate. You will not be allowed to participate in the study if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested in participating? Complete the survey in the following secure link. This survey asks basic health questions that allow us to determine initial eligibility.

APPLY Study Contact Email:

CPP-research@udel.edu

Listing expires: July 18, 2024

Imaging and Walking in Parkinson’s Disease

Functional Connectivity and Control of Balance During Walking in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, 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: Maelyn Arcodia  |   EMAIL: arcodma@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

MRI scan of your brain at UD Center for Biomedical and
Brain Imaging AND walking on a treadmill in our lab at the UD
STAR Campus



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

• Adults age 55+ who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
OR are a healthy adult
• Able to walk unassisted for at least two minutes
• Must be comfortable with getting an MRI

HOW TO APPLY:

To volunteer for this study or for more information please
contact Maelyn Arcodia at arcodma@udel.edu

Study Contact Email:

arcodma@udel.edu

Listing expires: October 18, 2024

Sex Differences Sodium MRI Study

Sex Differences in Central Neural Activation During Acute Hypernatremia

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Healthy Volunteers : N/A | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: William Farquhar | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Nate Romberger  |   EMAIL: ntr@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

We are investigating whether men and women sense sodium differently in the brain. Admitted participants will complete one functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan with a salt infusion. Participants will also receive a complete physical screening. Participants will be compensated $100 for completion of the study.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Inclusion:
– young healthy adults (18 – 35 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
– for women: irregular menstrual cycles or use of hormonal contraceptives

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email Nate Romberger to learn more about this study and participate.

Study Contact Email: ntr@udel.edu

Study Contact Email:

ntr@udel.edu

Listing expires: May 16, 2024

Accessible Clothing

Technology-Assisted Accessible Clothing: Soft Robotic Interaction Technologies and an Assessment Framework for Clothing Accessibility

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Older Adult, Orthopedic (bone, joints, muscle, tendon), Pain and/or Injury : NA | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Michele Lobo | 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:

Dressing is an important task that people engage in multiple times daily and that can be challenging for people with impaired use of one or both arms. Fasteners, such as zippers, buttons, and snaps, can be especially challenging for people with arm movement impairments to manage. The purpose of this project is to identify the challenges and needs that people with impaired arm movements have related to dressing overall and fasteners in particular, to learn about the solutions people have implemented to support them in dressing, and to determine which aspects of fasteners are most important to people (e.g., ease of use, appearance, size, time to fasten/unfasten). The study involves one visit that includes an interview and evaluation of arm movement ability.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Individuals 18 years or older and able to travel to the STAR Campus in Newark.
Participants must be older than 18 years of age at the time of enrollment, have reported impairment using one or both hands to secure/unsecure common fasteners (i.e., zippers, buttons, snaps, hooks, hook-and-loop) such that the person requires assistance from another person, a tool, or a significant amount of time to align, stabilize, mobilize, and/or generate the force required to secure/unsecure common fasteners, communicates using English, cognitive ability to complete the informed consent process evidenced by the ability to correctly answer the capacity to consent questions (attached), and ability and availability to travel to UD’s STAR Campus to participate in the approximately 2-hour long interview and evaluation.
Exclusion criteria include reports of uncorrected vision problems that limit proximal vision and would interfere with the assessments to be performed, physical absence of both arms without at least one upper extremity prosthesis, and absence of active range of motion in both arms or hands such that they reportedly cannot move either hand to their belly button, mouth, or top of their head (e.g., paralysis or significant weakness).

HOW TO APPLY:

CHRC will handle these logistics. Jenn Marmon is the CHRC study lead.

Listing expires: July 19, 2024

Assessing the reproducibility of an at-home blood pressure monitor in young adults

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring Reproducibility in Young Adults

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Healthy Volunteers, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, other : Young Adults | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Melissa Witman | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Alexs Matias  |   EMAIL: amatias@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 914-523-1953

DESCRIPTION:

This study is investigating the reproducibility of a 24 hour ambulatory monitor in healthy young adults. It’s a relatively simple study with all the tests done at home. Briefly, you will be asked to wear the blood pressure monitor a total of 2 times. First we will do the consenting procedures and study familiarization (~1 hour). Following consenting, you will be asked to wear an at-home ambulatory blood pressure monitor for two separate 24-hour periods, each period being separated by 4 weeks. During each time you wear the blood pressure monitor, you will also be asked to wear a sleep watch and do overnight urine collection.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

You may not be able to participate if:

• Are unwilling or unable to give consent
• Have been diagnosed with any chronic disease (a history of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease)
• Currently take medication that may alter blood pressure
• Have been diagnosed with a sleep disorder (e.g., insomnia, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea)
• Currently take any supplements or medications for sleep or known to alter sleep (e.g., Ambien, sedatives, melatonin, etc.)
• Currently work night-shift work
• Resting blood pressure >130/80 mmHg
• Body mass index 30 kg/m2
• Currently pregnant or breast feeding (women only)
• Currently use tobacco (≥1 cigarette in the last month)
• Have had a positive COVID-19 test within the past 60 days or have received a COVID-19 vaccination within the past 14 days

You are being asked to participate because:

• You are between 18-30-years-old (women must be premenopausal)
• You have a BMI between 18.5-29.9 kg/m2
• You have a seating resting systolic and diastolic blood pressure < 130 and < 80 mmHg

HOW TO APPLY:

If interested in participating, please reach out to the provided email (amatias@udel.edu).

Study Contact Email:

amatias@udel.edu

Listing expires: September 21, 2024

Serum sodium, endothelial function, and inflammation in mid-life adults

Vascular and inflammatory effects of elevated serum sodium in mid-life adults

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Healthy Volunteers, Nutrition and Food, Older Adult, Wellness and Lifestyle : Salt, Inflammation | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Dave Edwards | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Justin Mehrer  |   EMAIL: jmehrer@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

This research study is investigating how acutely elevated blood sodium level affects blood vessel and immune cell function.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Individuals between the ages of 40-60 years with no known history of cardiovascular disease or autoimmune disorders and are able to attend 3 separate visits to our lab over a period of ~1 month.

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply please complete our general interest/prescreening survey with the provided link.

APPLY Study Contact Email:

jmehrer@udel.edu

Listing expires: June 20, 2024

Tart Cherry Study

Effects of tart cherry consumption on cardiovascular and sleep health in postmenopausal women

STUDY CATEGORY: Cardiovascular (Heart and Circulation), Healthy Volunteers, Nutrition and Food, Wellness and Lifestyle, Women’s Health, other : Postmenopausal Women | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Sheau Ching Chai | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Bingqing Luo  |   EMAIL: ChaiResearchLab@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-7218

DESCRIPTION:

Participants will be asked to consume 2 cups per day of either tart cherry juice or control drink for 12 weeks. Cardiovascular and sleep outcomes will be assessed before and after the 12 weeks intervention. All supplements will be provided, and participants will be paid for their time.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

If you are a postmenopausal women (ages 45-60) and currently not undergoing hormone therapy, you may be eligible to participate in our study!

HOW TO APPLY:

If you are interested, please call 302-831-7218 or email ChaiResearchLab@udel.edu

Listing expires: January 17, 2025

Posture and physical activity index validation

Validating the Posture and Physical Activity Index (POPAI) in adults with knee osteoarthritis (OA)

STUDY CATEGORY: Exercise & Physical Activity, Older Adult, Orthopedic (bone, joints, muscle, tendon), Pain and/or Injury, other : knee osteoarthritis | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Daniel White | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Thomas Bye  |   EMAIL: tkbye@udel.edu   |   PHONE: (302) 283-9713

DESCRIPTION:

Participants will participate in 1 research visit and will need to perform sitting standing and walking tasks while being recorded on video and via 3 small wearables (like a fitbit) for approximately 30 min. The complete research visit may take up to 1 hour. The objective of this project is to validate an activity monitor processing method in those with knee osteoarthritis.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

INCLUSION:
– 39 years or older
– Knee pain and knee crepitus (popping clicking grinding) and have no morning knee stiffness or morning knee stiffness that lasts = 3 of the following in your knee: Crepitus; Have no morning stiffness, or morning stiffness that lasts 50 years; Bony Tenderness; No palpable warmth

EXCLUSION
– Are unable to stand and walk independently without an assistive device (e.g., cane or walker)
– Presence of two artificial knees
– under 39

HOW TO APPLY:

Please select the link or scan the QR code in the flyer and complete the forms. Once completed you will receive an email with your eligibility and instructions for next steps.

APPLY Study Contact Email:

popai-study@udel.edu

Listing expires: November 8, 2024

Resveratrol for the prevention of bone loss in postmenopausal women

Resveratrol for the prevention of bone loss in postmenopausal women

STUDY CATEGORY: Healthy Volunteers, Nutrition and Food, Older Adult, Orthopedic (bone, joints, muscle, tendon), Wellness and Lifestyle, Women’s Health : Postmenopausal Women | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Sheau Ching Chai | 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: Bingqing Luo  |   EMAIL: ChaiResearchLab@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-7218

DESCRIPTION:

The aim of this study is to determine the effects of resveratrol, a natural antioxidant found in various foods such as berries on bone health in postmenopausal women. Women will be randomly assigned to two groups: 1) the placebo group and 2) the resveratrol group. The resveratrol group will receive 500 mg resveratrol daily, and placebo group will receive placebo pills. Both groups will also receive 500 mg calcium plus 400 IU vitamin D daily.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

If you are a woman 1-10 years postmenopausal, and have not been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you may be eligible to participate in our study!

HOW TO APPLY:

If you are interested, please call 302-831-7218 or email ChaiResearchLab@udel.edu

Listing expires: June 20, 2024

Return to work after maternity leave

Return to work after maternity leave: what businesses can do

STUDY CATEGORY: Wellness and Lifestyle, Women’s Health, other : business, working mothers | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Leticia Barbano | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: Leticia Barbano  |   EMAIL: barbano@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

This is a longitudinal study whose goal is to investigate how businesses can support and help working mothers readjust when they return to work after maternity leave



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Inclusion: Mothers returning from maternity leave within the first month.

Exclusion: Mothers returning from maternity leave after more than one month.

HOW TO APPLY:

To participate in the study, please complete the survey linked below

APPLY

Listing expires: May 31, 2024

Disc and Muscle in Chronic Low Back Pain

Is There a Dysfunctional Relationship between Disc and Muscle in Chronic Low Back Pain

STUDY CATEGORY: Healthy Volunteers, Pain and/or Injury, other : low back pain | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Megan Sions | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Megan Sions  |   EMAIL: megsions@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-7142

DESCRIPTION:

If eligible, you will be asked to complete a survey packet, which includes questions about your health. We will ask you to attend a single clinical evaluation at the University of Delaware Center for Biomedical and Brain Imaging located on the Newark downtown campus. This onsite evaluation will involve a clinical assessment of your low back by a licensed physical therapist and imaging of your low back muscles and discs. The survey packet can be completed from home in about 30 minutes, and the onsite evaluation takes approximately 2 hours to complete. So the total time commitment is about 2.5 hours.
Potential compensation is up to $100 via an Amazon gift card.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

We are recruiting adults, ages 18-50 years, who have low back pain that has been present at least 3 months. The goal of this study is to evaluate relationships between low back muscles and discs. You will not be eligible to participate if you not able to undergo imaging. A member of our research team will make this initial determination over the telephone before scheduling your onsite appointment.

HOW TO APPLY:

If you are interested, please provide your name and contact information so that a research team member can contact you.

Study Contact Email:

megsions@udel.edu

Listing expires: November 1, 2024

Speech Motor Learning fMRI

Speech Motor Learning fMRI Study

STUDY CATEGORY: Speech and Language : NA | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Sayako Earle | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: Fei Ting Woon  |   EMAIL: feitingw@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

We’re embarking on an exciting journey to explore how the brain learns novel speech sounds, and we’d love for you to be a part of it.

Your involvement could contribute significantly to our understanding of how the brain processes speech. Plus, your participation will offer you a unique glimpse into the fascinating world of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology.

Here’s what you can expect from your participation:
– an at-home training session to learn a novel pair of speech sounds for an hour, 12 hours before your scan.
– a non-invasive fMRI scan while engaging in speech production. Whole process will take no more than 45 minutes.
– receive a gif of your brain activity captured during the experiment, providing you with an exclusive visual insight into your brain’s functioning.
– receive an Amazon gift card upon completion of the experiment



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

be between 18-24 years of age;
be a native speaker of English;
not a speaker of Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, or Mandarin;
have typical hearing and vision. We can prepare vision corrective goggles or you can wear non-colored contacts. No glasses allowed in the scanner;
have no history of cognitive disability, neurological disorder, psychiatric disorders, socio-emotional disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, speech and/or language disorders;
not be on any sleep-altering medication at the time of the study;
pass a standard MRI safety screening (e.g., no tattoos close to your head region, not pregnant etc.)

HOW TO APPLY:

Email Fei Ting at feitingw@udel.edu

Study Contact Email:

feitingw@udel.edu

Listing expires: June 20, 2024

Stuttering and the Brain (adult)

Neuroscience of Stuttering

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Speech and Language : na | 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: 3026350812

DESCRIPTION:

The Delaware Stuttering Project is seeking Adults who stutter and typical peers to participate a study involving MRI brain scans and behavioral testing. The study involves up to 3 visits to the Center for Biomedical and Brain Imaging (CBBI) on UD campus for MRI brain scans as well as a behavioral testing visit. Participants will be compensated $100 per MRI visit, and $20 for the behavioral visit.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Adults age 18-64 years old
Speaker of English
no other speech language or hearing impairments
no history of past or current mental illnesses/injury
no current use of prescription or non-prescription medication that impact brain behavior
Must pass MRI safety screener at time of visit (no metal, tattoos in/on body)

HOW TO APPLY:

complete this form: https://www.delawarestutteringproject.com/sign-up-for-research/
email stutteringproject@udel.edu
contact Samuel Farrand at 302-635-0812

APPLY Study Contact Email:

stutteringproject@udel.edu

Listing expires: December 18, 2024

Motor Output in Parkinson’s Disease

Segmented Motor Output: A Marker of Parkinson’s Disease

STUDY CATEGORY: Brain and Neurological, Older Adult | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Christopher Knight | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware STAR Campus, 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713 | STUDY CONTACT: Rebecca Daniels  |   EMAIL: rdaniels@udel.edu

DESCRIPTION:

o you have Parkinson’s disease? You may be eligible for a research study investigating how Parkinson’s disease motor symptoms relate to performing fast movement.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Individuals with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease.

HOW TO APPLY:

Individuals with another neurological or movement disorder in addition to Parkinson’s Disease.

Study Contact Email:

rdaniels@udel.edu

Listing expires: April 21, 2025

LGBTQ Youth & Family Study

The LGBTQ Socialization Project: Parent Capacity for Fostering LGBTQ+ Adolescent Socialization

STUDY CATEGORY: Adolescents, Mental Health, Pediatric, other : Family | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Eric Layland | UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE CAMPUS AFFILIATION: University of Delaware Main Campus, Newark, DE 19716 | STUDY CONTACT: Meagan Lambert  |   EMAIL: qd-research@udel.edu   |   PHONE: 302-831-0360

DESCRIPTION:

In this project we will speak with LGBTQIA+ youth and their parents/caregivers to understand how adolescents develop their LGBTQIA+ identities and learn to navigate challenges of growing up LGBTQIA+. We will aim to learn more about what parents need to best support their LGBTQIA+ children.

Adolescent and parent/caregiver pairs will be invited to complete:
(1) an individual Zoom interview with brief survey (2 hour appointment)
(2) a joint interview on Zoom with brief survey (1.5 hour appointment)
(3) a brief final survey online (5 minutes).

Adolescents and parents/caregivers who are deemed eligible and complete all study steps will be paid $100 each in gift cards.



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INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

LGBTQIA+ adolescents ages 13-20 and their parents or caregivers who live in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania.

HOW TO APPLY:

Eligibility will be confirmed through a web-based screener (see link and email below). After you screen in, we will then invite your family member to enroll as well. Adolescents under age 18 are required to have permission from their participating parent or caregiver prior to enrollment.

APPLY Study Contact Email:

qd-research@udel.edu

Listing expires: August 24, 2024