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Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit

The Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit has a number of opportunities to participate in clinical studies as a research volunteer. Eligibility requirements vary depending on the study but are generally open to both men and women at least 18 years of age. These research projects are currently looking for people who are:

Buprenorphine, Suboxone and Methadone Study

Volunteers between the ages of 18 and 55 who are prescribed buprenorphine or methadone are needed for a research study at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Volunteers must not be using any other drugs. Participants also must be healthy, pain free, and willing to stay overnight on a research unit. Compensation is provided up to $375. Please call 410-550-9494 to see if you may qualify. Principal Investigator: Andrew Tompkins, M.D. (NA_00071459) Download flyer.

Cigarette Smokers Wanting to Quit

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is seeking cigarette smokers who would like to quit smoking for participation in a scientific research study. The study involves ingestion of psilocybin in a comfortable, supportive setting. Psilocybin is a psychoactive substance found in psychedelic mushrooms that have been used as a sacrament in various cultures. Some research studies have suggested that psychedelics, when administered under interpersonally supportive and well-prepared conditions, may be effective in helping people overcome addictions. Cognitive behavior therapy and ongoing interpersonal support will be integrated with psilocybin sessions in order to help participants quit smoking. Questionnaires, interviews, and biological measures of smoking will be used to assess the treatment’s effects on consciousness, mood, and smoking. Volunteers enrolled in the research study will receive careful preparation and 3 sessions in which they will receive psilocybin. Structured guidance will be provided during the sessions and afterwards to facilitate integration of the experiences. Volunteers must be between the ages of 21 and 65, have no personal history of severe psychiatric illness, or recent history of alcoholism or drug dependence other than cigarettes, have someone willing to pick them up and drive them home at the end of the 3 psilocybin sessions (around 5:00 PM), and must live within travel distance of the Hopkins Bayview campus in Baltimore. If you would like to discuss the possibility of volunteering, please call 410–550–1972 and ask for Albert, the study’s research coordinator. Confidentiality will be maintained for all applicants and participants. Principal Investigator: Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D., (Protocol: NA_00016166) Download Flyer

 Effects of Prescription Oral Methamphetamine on Decision Making

Healthy men and women ages 21-55 who have used stimulants to get high (such as cocaine, methamphetamine, or amphetamine) in the last six months are needed to participate in a research study about effects of prescription oral methamphetamine on decision making at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. This is not a treatment study. This study requires one 4-5 hour screening visit and three overnight sessions lasting about 32 hours each. During each session, you will be required to remain overnight at a residential unit.Earn up to $525 for completing the study. For more information please call 410-550-9497. Principal Investigator: Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D. (IRB Protocol NA_00041057). Download flyer

Marijuana Treatment Study

Marijuana users 18-55 years old are needed to take part in a research study of marijuana use and sleep at Johns Hopkins. Study volunteers will complete a 12-week program designed to help stop use of marijuana.  Study includes investigational medication and advanced assessments of sleep. Call (410) 550-2695 for details. Principal Investigator: Ryan Vandrey, Ph.D. Study Number: NA_00068969.

Opiate Users Seeking Treatment

Johns Hopkins University is conducting a research study for people who are trying to stop using opiates, such as heroin and Oxycontin.  We are testing a medication that may help people quit. The study lasts about 22 days and requires 8 visits. All volunteers will receive a form of buprenorphine (similar to Suboxone) as part of the study.  All medications and study-related activities including physical exam, clinical labs, and ECGs, are provided at no cost and health insurance is not required.  Scheduling is flexible and you can earn up to $460 for your participation. For more information, please call 410-550-1206. Principal Investigator: George Bigelow, Ph.D. (IRB Protocol # NA_00086546) Download Flyer

Investigational Research on Heavy Drinking

Are you 21 to 65 years old and want to reduce your drinking? Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus are conducting a research study testing a medication that may help people reduce their drinking. Participation requires 9 visits over about 16 weeks. Participation is confidential. Compensation is provided for your time and travel. Download Flyer

Cocaine Users Needed

Cocaine Users Needed. Healthy men and women that are at least 18 years old who use cocaine are needed for a research study at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The study involves questionnaires and computer tasks assessing decision making. This research study requires a screening visit, and a same day experimental session. The total visit will last approximately 3-4 hours. Compensation is $30 for screening and $45 for the experimental session ($75 total). This is NOT a treatment study. For more information please call 410-550-9497. Principal Investigator: Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D. Application # NA_00074941. Download Flyer

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. Principal Investigator: Denis Antoine, M.D. Application #: NA_00046407. Download Flyer

Opioid users (heroin or prescription pain relievers) looking for withdrawal treatment

Are you 18-60 years old, currently addicted to heroin or prescription pain relievers and seeking treatment? Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center are conducting an inpatient research study to test an investigational medication for opioid withdrawal. Participation requires you to live on our Clinical Research Unit for up to 28 days. If you qualify, you will receive study-related care at no cost and you will be compensated. Compensation of up to $700. Call 410-550-0490 for phone screening. Principal Investigator: Eric Strain, MD (Protocol # NA_00037871). Download Flyer

Help Cutting Down Caffeine

Have you tried unsuccessfully to quit or cut down caffeine use? Do you think you may be addicted to caffeine? If you are between the ages of 18 and 70 and are seeking help to quit or reduce caffeine, you may be eligible for caffeine treatment research at Johns Hopkins Bayview at no monetary cost to you. Principal Investigator: Roland Griffiths, Ph.D. Study Number NA_00051415 Download Flyer

Alcohol Study

Healthy men and women aged 21 to 50 are needed for a research study at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The study involves testing the effects of alcohol and other legal drugs. Participation involves an initial screening session (about 2 hours) and 7 experimental sessions (about 6 hours each). You will be paid up to $800 for participation. For more information, please call 410-550-0009 or email HopkinsStudy@gmail.com Principal Investigator: Roland Griffiths, Ph.D.  Study Number NA_00036826  Download Flyer

Attention cigarette smokers

The Smoking Clinic at The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is currently recruiting adult research volunteers who are interested in trying new cigarettes. This research does not provide treatment and is not for people trying to quit smoking. Research participation requires visits to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center 1 or 2 times each week. Scheduling is flexible and you will be compensated for your time. If you are interested call us at 410-550-5143 for details. Again, the Smoking Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is looking for daily cigarette smokers to participate in research studies.Call us at 410-550-5143 for details. All calls are confidential. Download Flyer

 
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