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Researchers are seeking healthy people for a brain imaging research study

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital are seeking volunteers to participate in a brain imaging research study.

  • Are you between the ages of 30-80 years old?
  • Are you healthy adult with no history of untreated medical condition and no history of psychosis?
  • Are you without history of recreational substance abuse in the past six months?

If you answered yes to the above questions, you may be eligible to participate. Those who complete the study will receive up to a cash payment of $300. For more details, call (443)-287- 4701 or email jcoughl2@jhmi.edu. Application No. IRB00259945, Principal Investigator: Jennifer Coughlin M.D.

 

Healthy Volunteers Needed for Paid Cannabis Research Studies
Healthy volunteers are needed to take part in four Johns Hopkins research studies involving cannabis, one of which involves tobacco and cannabis. Principal investigator for all the studies is Ryan Vandrey, Ph.D. Brief descriptions of the studies, the amount of compensation, and contact phone numbers follow:

  • People age 18–55 who are current tobacco users and have a history of occasionally using cannabis (marijuana). Participants will be paid up to $1,730 for study completion. Study involves smoking cannabis and also smoking a tobacco cigarette or vaping with an e-cigarette over seven experimental sessions. Call 410-550-5254 for more information. Protocol #: IRB00220975.
  • Volunteers age 18-50 who have a history of using cannabis (marijuana) but have not used any in the past month. Participants will be paid up to $1,380 for study completion. Study involves consuming a brownie containing THC and/or CBD and other drugs which people are commonly prescribed or get over the counter. For more information, call 410-550-6989. Protocol #: IRB00207237.
  • Volunteers age 18–55 who have a history of occasionally using cannabis (marijuana). Participants will be paid up to $3,230 for study completion. Study involves vaping substances found in cannabis (such as THC) in nine separate experimental sessions, each lasting about seven hours. There is also a separate screening visit lasting about three hours to determine eligibility. Call 410-550-5254 for more information. Protocol #: IRB00182689.
  • Volunteers age 18–55 who have a history of occasionally using cannabis (marijuana). Participants will be paid up to $3,230 for study completion (some participants will be invited to complete a 10th session that would increase earnings to $3,530). Study involves vaping substances found in cannabis (such as THC) in nine separate experimental sessions. There is also a separate screening visit lasting about three hours to determine eligibility. For more information, call 410-550-5254. Protocol #: IRB00085652.

Research study examining sleep, pain, and medication responses
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is seeking healthy volunteers to participate in a research study examining sleep, pain, and medication responses. You may be eligible if you: are between 21-60 years old, are a good sleeper, have taken an opioid pain medication at some point in your life (e.g. Oxycontin, Codeine, Morphine, Percocet, Vicodin, Dilaudid, etc), and are not currently taking an opioid pain medication. The study includes 4 visits. The first two visits are screening visits. Visit 1 will last 2-3 hours and Visit 2 will last 6 hours. Visits 3 and 4 will include several overnight stays at our clinical research unit (Visit 3 = 3 Nights, Visit 4 = 2 Nights). One night will involve experimental sleep deprivation. There will also be administration of FDA approved pain medication. You may earn up to $1200 for completing all study-related visits. There is no cost to you for any of the procedures. For more information, please call 410-550-9058 or email backpain@jhu.edu. PI: Patrick H. Finan, Ph.D., Protocol: IRB00160629. Download flyer

Healthy Volunteers Needed for Research Study at Johns Hopkins Hospital
Healthy females age 18-55 (BMI 18.5-24.9) are needed to take part in a research study at Johns Hopkins. Participants will be paid up to $200 for study completion. Study involves behavioral and fMRI assessments and questionnaires. Call (443) 287-6853. PI: Angela Guarda, MD (#IRB00150857)

Sensory Research Study
We are conducting a study to examine the mechanisms in the brain that mediate pain.  If you participate in this study we will measure scalp EEG during the presentation of the painful stimulus.  The stimulus may be from heating or cooling of a metal surface, immersion of the hand in ice water, sustained muscle contraction, or shining of a controlled laser on the skin. In other studies you will be asked to carry out movements while brain waves (EEG) are measured from your scalp.  You may also be asked to move a handle to connect two dots on a computer screen while a motor makes it more or less difficult to carry out the movement.  
The test session will take about 2-4 hours and there may be several sessions, each on a different day.  Anyone between the ages of 18-80 is potentially eligible to participate in the study. Email: sensorystudy@jhmi.edu. Participants will receive 25 USD / hour and a voucher for parking. 
Protocol:  Physiological Studies in Healthy Subjects, Chronic Pain Patients and in Patients undergoing Neurosurgical Procedures of Human Forebrain Mechanisms mediating Somatic Sensation, Motor Control and Neurological Disorders (IRB#: NA_00079932, Principal Investigator: Frederick Lenz)

Molecular imaging of brain injury and repair in NFL players

Did you recently step away from NFL play?
We’re using imaging at Johns Hopkins to study the brain after sports-related concussions. To qualify for the study, you must:

  • be between 23 and 40 years of age
  • have at least 2 years of experience in the NFL
  • be within 10 years of last NFL play

Qualified participants will undergo a PET scan, an MRI scan, and an optional lumbar puncture. Those completing the study will receive a compensation for time and travel. Please contact Dr. Jennifer Coughlin at 443-287-4701 or jcoughl2@jhmi.edu for more details. Application #IRB00030788, Principal Investigator: Martin Pomper MD, PhD 
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Related studies:

Healthy Women Who Do Not Use Cannabis Needed for Research
Are you a healthy, normal weight African-American female who is 20-27 years old? We are seeking healthy research volunteers who do not use cannabis or tobacco products. Study includes 3 visits with cognitive testing and brain imaging. Participants will be paid up to $305 for study completion. Call 410-550-5254. Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Principal Investigator: Elise M. Weerts, PhD, Protocol #: IRB00101744. Download flyer

Healthy Volunteers Needed for Research Study at Johns Hopkins Bayview
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers are seeking healthy volunteers ages 18-65 to participate in a research study of the effects of commonly used medications on mood and medication preference. This study requires brief visits to our Bayview campus on weekdays. Participants may earn up to $2000. Please call (410) 550-1927 or email MedChoiceStudy@jhmi.edu for more information. Principal Investigator: Roland R. Griffiths, Ph.D. Protocol: IRB00165287. Download flyer.

Cigarette Smokers Needed for Study on Smoking Behavior
You will be paid up to $2760 for completing the entire study. Healthy men and women who smoke cigarettes and are 18 years old or older are needed to participate in a research study at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. This is not a treatment study. The study tests factors that influence smoking behavior. Participation involves an initial phone screening and an in person 3 hour screening visit. If qualified, this study requires an additional 32 in person visits lasting approximately 4 hours each, and 4 in person visits lasting approximately 1.5 hours each. Morning, afternoon, and evening times are available for in person visits. For more information, please call (410) 550-1465. Principal Investigator: Matthew Johnson, Ph.D. (Protocol #: IRB007178). Download flyer

Oxidative Stress and Mood Disorder Trajectories Research Study
This research study will involve 2 study visits over a period of 2 weeks consisting of a blood draw, a urine tox screen, psychiatric evaluations, answering questionnaires and undergoing a scan of your brain called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). People aged 35-84 years with and without mood disorders may participate. Principal Investigator: Fernando Goes, MD; IRB00104809. Download flyer

Study on Pain
If you’ve ever experienced pain, you know it can really interfere with your life. Help us to help others who are in pain. This research study will evaluate whether different combinations of FDA-approved medications will reduce pain. If you are over 18 years old, do NOT have current pain, and are willing to attend 8 total visits, you may be eligible to participate! You can earn up to $1230 for your time. All participation is completely confidential. To learn more and to see if you may be eligible, please call 410- 550-9799. See if you qualify here. Principal Investigator: Kelly Dunn, Ph.D. (Study Number: IRB00097937)

Research study that includes a NAP!
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are studying the impacts of a computerized learning task on weight loss. You may be eligible if you are between 20-55 years old, are generally healthy, are a healthy sleeper, and are overweight and wanting to lose weight. The study includes 3 inperson visits and 1 remote visit, the first lasting between 3-4 hours, the second between 4-5 hours, the third for 30 minutes, and the fourth between 2-3 hours. The visits include 1 screening session, 1 session including a 90 minute nap and a food taste test, one remote follow up session, and 1 in-person follow up session. The study provides compensation (up to $180). There is no cost to you for any of the procedures.For more information, please call 410-550-6165 or email NAP@jhu.edu. PI: Michael T. Smith, Ph.D., Protocol: IRB00101818. 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)

Healthy Volunteers/Adult ADD/ADHD
Healthy men and women are needed to take part in a 2-day outpatient study at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Volunteers should be between the ages of 18 and 40 and in good general health. The study involves neuropsychological questionnaires and brain imaging scans. Testing will take place at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Bayview Medical Center. Volunteers will be paid for completion of all study procedures. Earn up to $300 plus travel expenses. For more information please call 410-550-6266 or 410-550-2588 or email johnshopkins.lab@gmail.com. Principal Investigator: Una D. McCann, M.D. (IRB Number: NA_00073552) Download flyer

Healthy Volunteers/Methamphetamine Users
Healthy men and women are needed for a 4-day inpatient study. Volunteers should be between the ages of 18-45 and in good general health. The study involves neuropsychological questionnaires and brain imaging scans. Testing will take place at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Volunteers will be paid for completion of all study procedures. Earn up to $450 plus travel expenses. For more information please call 410-550-6266 or 410-550-2588 or email johnshopkins.lab@gmail.com. Principal Investigator: Una D. McCann, M.D. (IRB Number: NA_00031313) Download flyer

Oral Glucose Tolerance Test for Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarker Development
The purpose of this research is to find if there is a relationship between a chemical in the blood, which may be related to memory problems, and the body’s hormonal response from the pancreas, gut, and fat tissue after an oral glucose tolerance test. People with memory problems may join this study. The study involves a memory screening test and an oral glucose tolerance test. The results of these tests will help us with our research study related to memory, aging, and hormones. If you are interested in learning more about this study please call Sasha Pletnikova at 410-550-9047. Esther Oh, M.D., Principal Investigator (JHU IRB Application No.: NA_00014837)

Healthy Brain and Imaging

PET Scans of Healthy Volunteers Over 60 Years of Age
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) 550-9052. Principal Investigator:
Gwenn Smith, PhD (IRB Protocol No: NA_00021615). Click here for a copy of our flyer.

Molecular Brain Imaging of Nicotinic Cholinergic Receptors in Normal Aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease
Our study uses a new molecular imaging method designed to visualize distribution of certain nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the brain. Past research suggests that these nicotinic acetylcholine receptors are reduced in number in the human brain over normal aging and in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s Disease. We aim to visualize the distribution of these receptors in the brain by using a novel radiotracer that targets the α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor by using positron emission tomography (PET).  Use of this new, sensitive medical imaging technology may help us to better understand how deficits in cognition may be linked to loss of these receptors over aging and in disease--and inform development of new therapies to target these receptors to possibly improve symptoms.  We are recruiting patients with MCI and Alzheimer's Disease as well as healthy controls between the ages 35-90 years. This brain imaging study consists of a 90 minute PET scan, a MRI scan, and blood work across 2 to 3 study visits.  Volunteers are compensated for their time. For more information and to undergo a phone screening to determine eligibility please contact: Dr. Jennifer Coughlin, Co-Investigator: jcoughl2@jhmi.edu; 443-287-4701. PI: Martin G. Pomper, M.D., Ph.D. IRB # NA_00076249

Functional Neuroimaging of Nimodipine in Healthy Men
The Lieber Institute for Brain Development is recruiting healthy men between ages of 18-35 for a research study conducted at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The study involves a screening visit (about 2 hours) followed by 2 all-day (8am-4pm) study visit days at the participant's choosing. The study investigates the neural effects of Nimodipine, a safe FDA-approved calcium channel blocker, on brain function. During the screening visit, participants will have blood drawn to determine their genotype corresponding to a specific calcium channel gene, and participants will  be grouped by genetic variants for comparison of fMRI activity. Study visit days include IV placement, fMRI scans, cognitive and emotional tasks and blood draws. Candidates must be Caucasian, right-handed, non-smoking and generally healthy. Candidates must not have past or present psychiatric disorders, any metal in the body, history of low blood pressure or loss of consciousness. Compensation is $500 for completion of both study visits with lunch provided during both study days. Call 443-287-5675 or email pharmteam@libd.org for more information. PI: Kristin Bigos, Ph.D. (IRB #: NA_00070426) DOWNLOAD FLYER

Tennis Players Needed for PET Imaging

We need males (ages 23-40) who played tennis in college for an imaging research study at Johns Hopkins!

To qualify, you must: 

  • be between 23 and 40 years of age 
  • be a healthy adult male 
  • have no history of psychiatric disease 
  • have played tennis at the college level or higher for at least 2 years 

Qualified participants will undergo a PET scan, an MRI scan, and an optional lumbar puncture. Those completing the study will receive a payment of up to $500. Please reach Dr. Jennifer Coughlin at 443-287-4701 or jcoughl2@jhmi.edu for more details. Principle Investigator: Martin Pomper, M.D., Ph.D., Application #: IRB00030788
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Swimmers Needed for PET

We need males (ages 23-40) who swam in college for an imaging research study at Johns Hopkins!

To qualify, you must:
be between 23 and 40 years of age
be a healthy adult male
have no history of psychiatric disease
have participated in swimming at the college level or higher for at least 2 years

Qualified participants will undergo a PET scan, an MRI scan, and an optional lumbar puncture. Those completing the study will receive a payment of up to $500. Please reach Dr.Jennifer Coughlin at 443-287-4701 or jcoughl2@jhmi.edu for more details. Principle Investigator: Martin Pomper, M.D., Ph.D., Application #: IRB00030788
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Researchers Seeking Healthy People for a Brain Imaging Research Study: Imaging the role of the α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor in the pathophysiology of psychosis

To qualify for the study, you must be:

  • 18-35 years of age
  • Healthy adult: no chronic illnesses, non-smoker, no drug/alcohol abuse
  • No history of psychiatric disease

Qualified participants will have bloodwork, memory testing, one PET scan and one MRI scan of the brain. Those completing the study will receive a payment of up to $400. For more information, please call Dr. Jennifer Coughlin at 443-287-4701 or email jcoughl2@jhmi.edu 
Principal Investigator: Martin Pomper, M.D., Ph.D., Application #: IRB00184745
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Researchers Seeking Healthy People for a Brain Imaging Research Study: A Phase 1 Study of imaging the α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor in mild cognitive impairment using [18F]ASEM PET

To qualify for the study, you must be:

  • 65-80 years of age
  • Healthy adult: no chronic illnesses, non-smoker, no drug/alcohol abuse
  • No history of psychiatric diseases

Qualified participants will have bloodwork, memory testing, one PET scan and one MRI scan of the brain. Those completing the study will receive a payment of up to $400. For more information, please call Dr. Jennifer Coughlin at 443-287-4701 or email jcoughl2@jhmi.edu. Principal Investigator: Martin Pomper, M.D., Ph.D., Application #: IRB00222626 

 

Children and Adolescents

More studies with children and adolescent participants »

Assessment of Disorders of Consciousness in Children: Development of the Pediatric Coma Recovery Scale - Ages 6 months –5 years
Dr. Beth Slomine and colleagues at the Brain Injury Clinical Research Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute are recruiting children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years to participate in a research study to help better understand the responses of young children with severe brain injuries. If enrolled in this research study, the child will be asked to look at, listen to, and touch toys. This one time visit will take about 60 minutes and will take place at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at the 707 N. Broadway building. There are no significant risks or direct medical benefits for participating in this study. Each family will receive a $25.00 gift card for completing testing. If interested please contact Rachel Nicholson at 443-923-7987 or  Nicholsonr@kennedykrieger.org. (IRB #: IRB00064686) Principal investigator: Dr. Beth Slomine DOWNLOAD FLYER

Neural Markers of Concussion and Recovery - Ages 13–17
Dr. Stacy Suskauer and colleagues at the Brain Injury Clinical Research Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute are recruiting teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 years to participate in a research study examining differences in brain and behavior between participants with acute concussion and normal controls. We are looking for teenagers without any history of traumatic brain injury, including concussion, as “comparison subjects.” Participants must speak English fluently and not have any learning or mental health diagnoses. The study involves paper and pencil tasks, sensory motor tasks, computer activities and a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the brain. None of these tests are harmful or painful. There are no direct medical benefits from taking part in the study. The study involves two days of testing; the MRI will take place during the first visit. Participants will receive $50.00 for each study visit and a picture of their brain. Parents will receive a report of the tests administered to their child as well as the MRI results. All testing is done free of charge. For more information about this study, please contact Rachel Nicholson at 443-923-7987 or by email NicholsonR@kennedykrieger.org. (IRB protocol #NA_00077748) Principal Investigator: Stacy Suskauer, M.D. DOWNLOAD FLYER

Iron Status and ADHD - Children ages 6–10
Dr. Rhoda Gottfried and colleagues at the Kennedy Krieger Institute are recruiting children between the ages of 6 and 10, with and without ADHD, to participate in a research study investigating Iron Status, Limb Movements, and ADHD. What to expect from participating: 1) One diagnostic interview, 2) One blood draw, 3) Brief Neurocognitive testing, 4) Three nights of wearing a device that measures leg movement. What are the benefits to participants? Participants receive a summary of the neurocognitive evaluation including an IQ score and laboratory results.Reimbursement for time and inconvenience is $100. Those interested in participation should contact research assistant Kyla Machell at 410-614-3317 or PI Rhoda Gottfried at 410-614-3469. (IRB Protocol #NA_00030898). DOWNLOAD FLYER.

Emotional Attention and Memory in Healthy Children
We are searching for healthy, typically developing children ages 7 to 17 and their parents to take part in a research study at the Kennedy Kreiger Institute/Johns Hopkins Hospital. Participation involves a psychological evaluation with the parent and child, a brief measurement of the child's IQ, and a computer test to see how children react to different faces and words. The study requires one two and half hour visit. There are no direct benefits to the child for participating in this study. There are no significant medical risks associated with the study. Roma Vasa, M.D. is the principal investigator. Call 443-923-2643.  (IRB Protocol # NA_00004616) DOWNLOAD FLYER

Notice to Researchers: If you are faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and you wish to post a recruitment ad on this page, please contact Benedicta Kim at bkim@jhmi.edu. You will need to send the IRB-approved recruitment language in paragraph form with a title of the study, the PI, contact information and the IRB Protocol Number. If you wish to make a flyer available to the public, send it in PDF or Word document form. You are responsible for IRB approval of the ad. Please be sure to contact us to remove the ad from this page when recruitment is complete. Thank you.

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