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Healthy Volunteers

1. Healthy Individuals Needed

The goal of this study is to gain a better understanding of schizophrenia. We are seeking to compare individuals without schizophrenia to individuals who do have schizophrenia.

To be considered for the study, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 14-60 years old;
  • Be willing to have a blood sample drawn;
  • Be willing to provide a urine sample to test for drugs of abuse;
  • Have no history of stroke, brain tumor or serious brain injury;
  • Not consume alcohol or street drugs daily; and
  • Speak English.

Participation in the study involves:

  • Release of medical records;
  • Blood and urine sample; and
  • Clinical interview.

Participants will be paid $50 for their time. If you or someone you know might be interested in the study or have questions about the study, please call Nadine Yoritomo, RN, at (410) 502-5887.

PI: Russell Margolis, M.D.

2. Research Study

This study includes one in-person visit, lasting approximately five hours. You may be eligible if you:

  • Are African American;
  • Are at least 18 years old;
  • Are very healthy;
  • Do not have chronic pain; and
  • Are not taking any medications.

The study involves measuring people's responses to sensory stimuli and drawing blood at several time points. There is no cost involved. Participants will receive compensation and reimbursement for parking.

For more information or to find out if you qualify, please call Kasey Bond at 0-6240.

PI: Jennifer A. Haythornthwaite, Ph.D.

3. Research Study for Healthy Adults

Adults between the ages of 18 and 45 years are needed for a research study at The Johns Hopkins Hospital to look at an investigational inhaled drug for the treatment of flu. Participants will be admitted once or twice for three days and will return for additional visits in the outpatient clinic.

Basic study requirements include:

  • 18-45 years of age
  • Non-smoker
  • Not pregnant or planning pregnancy

The study pays $1,500 to $2,000 at completion.

For more information or to see if you qualify, please call 410-955-1201.

PI: Jonathan Zenilman, M.D.

4. Wanted: Healthy Adults

You may qualify for a research study to evaluate an investigational drug to treat C difficile diarrhea. Participants must:

  • be between 18 and 45 years old and be in good health
  • not be pregnant or planning a pregnancy

The study requires an inpatient stay of three days and taking an oral medication. Participants will be paid for their participation.

For more information or to find out if you qualify to enroll, call 443-691-7841 or 443-691-8618.

PI: Jonathan Zenilman, M.D.

5. Wanted: Healthy Adults

If you are a healthy non-smoker between 18 and 45 years old, you may qualify for a research study to evaluate an investigational drug for treatment of the flu.

The study requires an inpatient stay of three days, eight outpatient visits and taking an inhaled medication. Participants will be paid $2,000 for completion.

For more information, please call 443-691-7841.

PI: Jonathan Zenilman, M.D.

6. Are You A Healthy Pre-Menopausal Woman Without Pain?

A research study is being conducted on pre-menopausal women, ages 18-55, with episodic migraine, chronic migraine and healthy controls who do not suffer from migraines.

Participation includes:

  • Two study visits
  • Completion of questionnaires
  • Neurological exam
  • Obtaining fasting blood samples
  • DXA scan and abdominal MRI

If you're interested in participating, please contact Linda White, CRNP, study coordinator, at 410-550-4418.

PI: B. Lee Peterlin, D.O.

7. Does Your Sense of Taste Affect Your Appetite?

Healthy participants between the ages of 18 and 65 are needed to take part in a research study at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The study will examine participants' appetite and ability to taste before and after taking a drug. Participation involves one screening visit and three study days that may last up to five hours each.

Participants will earn up to $180.

For more information or to enroll, please call 410-550-1102. Refer to the "Taste" study.

PI: Denis Antoine, M.D.

8. Research opportunities available for volunteers who DO NOT smoke cigarettes or use drugs of any kind.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) conducts research studies to find out how various drugs (such as nicotine) affect the body, brain and behavior. Your part in a NIDA research study could help us better understand how the healthy brain works, and how to prevent and treat drug abuse and addiction.

Studies take place in east Baltimore area. All study volunteers will receive money for their participation.

If you are interested in being a healthy control in a NIDA research study, please call 1-800-535-8254 or visit

PI: Elliot Stein, Ph.D.


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