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Aging

1. Are you 51 years or older?

The investigators from Johns Hopkins Bayview Division of Geriatrics are looking for individuals aged 51 and older to participate in a research study that looks at the aging process.

Participation involves measurements of grip strength, walking speed and questions about your physical activities. Additionally, we will collect a blood sample and may request a urine sample and/or a swab of saliva.

Compensation of up to $20 will be given upon completion of all the tests mentioned above. This can take place on our campus or in your home. If you choose to travel, parking costs also will be covered.

For more information, please contact our study coordinators at 410-550-2113

PI: Jeremy Walston, M.D.
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2. Are You Over 60 and Feeling Depressed?

Are you over 60 and feeling depressed? Symptoms of depression in older adults are common yet often go undetected. They could include feelings of sadness or hopelessness, loss of energy, inability to enjoy pleasurable activities, changes in appetite or sleeping patterns, or poor concentration/memory.

If you are feeling depressed, not taking antidepressant medication and in good physical health you may be eligible to participate in a research study involving treatment. Qualified people will participate at no cost to them and will be compensated for their time and transportation.

For more information about the research study, please call 410-550-4192.

PI: Gwenn Smith, Ph.D.
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3. Are You Over 60 and Interested In Research?

We are conducting brain imaging research using a technique called Positron Emission Tomography, or PET for short, to take pictures of the brain. If you are in good health and aren’t taking medications that affect the brain, you may qualify for participation. Qualified people will participate at no cost to them. Compensation for time and transportation will be provided.

For more information, please call 410-550-4192.

PI: Gwenn Smith, Ph.D.
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4. Are you between the ages of 18 to 50 years?

The investigators from Johns Hopkins Bayview Division of Geriatrics, are looking for healthy individuals of ages between 18 to 50 years to participate in a research study that will identify the differences in hormone and immune system cells between younger and older individuals.

Participation involves basic demographic information, answering a questionnaire about your medical history, and a blood draw. Additionally we may request a urine sample and/or a swab of saliva.

Compensation of up to $20 will be given upon completion of the tests mentioned above.

For more information, please contact our study coordinator at 410-550-2113.

PI: Jeremy Walston, M.D.
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5. Need Help Caring for Someone with Memory Problems?

A new research study is now enrolling people with memory problems and their caregivers! The goal of this study is to find out if providing assistance in obtaining appropriate care for older adults with memory problems will help them remain at home longer, as well as improve quality of life.

Who can participate?
Low income older adults living at home in the Baltimore area who have memory problems may be eligible to join the study.

What does the study involve?
Participants will be visited several times in their homes by a specially-trained team from Johns Hopkins. The team will ask questions about memory and health, and provide up to 18 months of care coordination services.

For more information, please call 410-550-6744.

PI: Quincy Miles Samus, Ph.D.
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6. Influenza Vaccine Study

Are you older than 75 years? The investigators from Johns Hopkins Bayview Division of Geriatrics are looking for individuals who are age 75 and older to participate in an influenza vaccination study that will evaluate the protection and immune function of the influenza vaccine in older adults.

To determine your eligibility for the study, we will ask some questions about your health over the phone. Participation involves a series of questionnaires, measurement of your vital signs, walking speed, grip strength, collection of a blood sample, and a urine specimen. You would then receive the influenza vaccine free of charge.

Three to four weeks after you receive the flu shot you will have a second study visit, to review your general health including any flu-like symptoms, measure your vitals and take another blood sample. We will call you weekly by phone to check your overall health status throughout the flu season.

In addition to the free "Flu Shot," compensation of up to $40 will be given for expenses related to participation in three full study visits. This can take place on our campus or in your home. If you choose to travel, parking costs also will be covered.

For more information, please contact our study coordinators at 410-550-2113.

PI: Sean X. Leng, M.D., Ph.D.
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7. Are you 65 years of age or older?

Are you interested in making a difference in the life of older adults? The investigators from Johns Hopkins Bayview Division of Geriatrics, are looking for individuals, age 65 years or older, to become part of a registry of older adults who are willing to participate in research related to aging. Your participation would help us create knowledge to improve the health of older adults and to identify qualified older adults who are willing to participate in life changing research and to be contacted about studies related to aging that take place at Johns Hopkins.

This study involves a series of questionnaires and participation in non-exhausting physical tasks. This can take place on our campus or in your home. If you choose to travel, parking costs will also be covered.

For more information, please contact our study coordinator at 410-550-2113.

PI: Jeremy Walston, M.D.
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8. Adult Pneumococcal Carriage Study

Investigators from the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview and The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health are looking for individuals, aged 65 years or older, to become part of research about pneumonia in older adults.

If you are eligible and agree to participate, we will ask you to answer a 15-minute questionnaire, and to give samples of urine, and nose and throat cultures. Compensation is $25, plus parking costs.

For more information, please call 410-550-2052.

PI: Lee Harrison, M.D.
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