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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.

Baby formula and health

Lead Researcher: Bridget Young

Participation in this study involves one visit that will last for about four hours at your home or the Strong Memorial Hospital Clinical Research Center. Procedures include infant glucose test, timed infant urine collection, infant heel pricks, and infant body size measurements.

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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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Exercise Intervention for LGBT Cancer Survivors

Lead Researcher: Charles Kamen

The purpose of this study is to test preliminary efficacy, as well as acceptability and feasibility, of a dyadic exercise intervention, the current study will randomize LGBT cancer survivors and their non-professional caregivers as dyads to either an individual or a dyadic Exercise for Cancer Patients (EXCAP) intervention. The primary outcome assessed will be psychological distress. Analyses will involve pre-post comparisons of outcomes across the study arms, testing the hypothesis that a 6 week, daily, dyadic exercise intervention will result in greater improvements in psychological distress than an individual intervention.

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Future Contact Database/Repository for Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology Research

Lead Researcher: Jennifer Anolik

Autoimmune diseases affect the immune system and are typically chronic conditions in which the immune system has an overactive response against substances and tissues that are normally present in the body. How autoimmunity develops, progresses, induces immunological abnormalities and leads to disease remains largely unknown, producing the need for further research. However, because the necessary samples are unique and somewhat rare, the ability to do research can at times be hindered. One purpose of this protocol is to establish a database that will serve as both a contact and research database. Subjects who are currently participating in one of our studies as well as those who are interested in participating in future research at the University of Rochester will be consented so that we may store their personal information in a division database. We will also store data collected during the conduct of IRB approved studies which reference this protocol. Healthy controls and individuals with diseases affecting the immune system may be consented and enrolled into this protocol.

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HOPE-Helping Older People Engage

Lead Researcher: Kimberly Van orden

The purpose of this study is to compare two activities — reflecting on one’s past (called “life review”) and volunteering in the community (“volunteering”). We are interested in learning how these activities may improve social connectedness and well-being among adults age 60 and older. Additionally, we may ask questions about social distancing, so to that end this study is relevant to managing the psychosocial implications of COVID-19. Volunteering involves participate weekly in a flexible volunteer program with Lifespan that involves a menu of options including helping at senior centers, co-leading classes, mentoring/tutoring and many other options. Life review involves participating in a one-year reminiscence program that is self-guided and involves completing monthly exercises such as writing about one’s memories.

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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 a loved one (such as a spouse, parent, close friend) who has dementia. Participation includes attending a weekly small group meeting 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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Observational Study of ICU Patients with Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS)

Lead Researcher: Anthony Pietropaoli

An observational research study of subjects admitted to the ICU with severe SIRS (and/or sepsis). For ICU subjects enrolled, the study involves blood and urine testing and research measurements of blood flow using ultrasound. At selected time points, healthy subjects will also be recruited as needed for collection of healthy blood samples for comparison studies.

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Ovarian Ultrasound for Healthy Women and Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Lead Researcher: Kathleen Hoeger

This study aims to characterize the affect of age and weight on the size and shape of ovaries. We will compare ovary size and shape in women of varying ages and body sizes. You are eligible if you are female, age 18-45. We plan to recruit up to 120 women with regular menstrual cycles and up to 120 women with histories of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. This study is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Lujan’s lab at Cornell University.

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Parent and Children Conversations about COVID-19

Lead Researcher: Karl Rosengren

This is a study that will examine conversations parents are having with their children with respect to the situation caused by COVID-19. Furthermore, we will examine how stress related to the pandemic influences family dynamics. Rochester area parents with at least one child ages 3-7 may be eligible to complete this survey. Participants will fill out a 35-minute online survey. Participants that complete the survey will be eligible to win a $25 gift card.

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Studying Infant Nutrition and Blood Sugar in Breastfed Infants

Lead Researcher: Bridget Young

This study is for pregnant women who plan on breastfeeding their baby for at least 5 months. You and your baby will have two study visits over the first 6 months of your baby's life at the University of Rochester Medical Center. We will ask for some blood and some breast milk from you. We will ask for some urine and stool, and a heel prick from your baby.

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