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Healthy Volunteer Studies

If you would like to participate in health research as the healthy volunteer, below is a list of studies accepting healthy volunteers.

Challenges associated with vision loss

Lead Researcher: Steven Silverstein

You will be asked to complete 3 surveys online that will take about a total of 25-30 minutes to complete. The surveys will ask questions about how you have adjusted to your vision loss, as well as the effects of vision loss on your mood, anxiety, and quality of life.

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Chronic Pain Study

Lead Researcher: Paul Geha

This study will use subjective rating methods, computer-based games, and brain imaging to study the characteristics of chronic pain and brain processes that cause them. By so doing we hope to obtain new information and understanding of chronic pain across multiple conditions. Eligibility: Ages 18-65; in generally stable health; diagnosed with a pain condition: Chronic back pain (CBP), Osteoarthritis of the knee (OAk), Temporomandibular joint disorder(TMJ), Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), or Pelvic Pain (PP).

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COVID-19 Vaccine Studies

Lead Researcher: Ann Falsey

URMC is studying several variations of a COVID-19 vaccine. Compensation: $500-$900. Participation Requirements: Age 18+; Have not been infected with COVID-19. To volunteer, take our survey to find out if you qualify:

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Ethnic Differences in Iron Absorption (FeGenes)

Lead Researcher: Eva Pressman

Iron is a very important nutrient in our diet. Many individuals do not have enough iron and can develop anemia, while other individuals are at an increased risk of accumulating excess iron in their bodies. This study aims to: (1) investigate population differences in iron absorption between East Asian and Northern European adults, (2) assess hormonal and biochemical determinants of iron absorption between East Asian and Northern European adults, and (3) investigate genetic contributions to iron absorption, iron status and iron regulatory hormones between East Asian and Northern European adults. Inclusion Criteria: Healthy adults of Northern European or East Asian ancestry // Aged 18 - 50 years old // Non-smoking // Not pregnant or lactating​ // Not a current blood donor

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Improving Well-Being for Older Adult Family Dementia Caregivers

Lead Researcher: Kathi Heffner

The purpose of the study is to examine the effects of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program and the Living Well (LW) for Dementia Caregivers program, compared to any usual care, to see if the programs might be associated with better immune function, physical and emotional health, and well-being. This study is looking for individuals age 55 and up who are caring for someone (such as a spouse, parent, close friend) who has dementia. Participation includes attending a weekly small group meeting at Lifespan over eight weeks for one of two study programs (determined randomly). Both programs address ways of improving physical and emotional well-being in the context of dementia caregiving.

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