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Studies Found: 53

A Computer Program Designed for Older Adults with Depression

(IRB#: IRB_00103167)

The purpose of this study is to see how well older adults with depression can use a computer program designed to improve certain types of thinking skills (CCR-GD). We also want to learn whether participating in CCR-GD will improve both a persons thinking and mood. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

A Machine Learning Model as an Automatic Tool to Record Human Behavior

(IRB#: IRB_00157027)

A machine learning model may automatically record a human's challenging behavior. Research is needed to learn the value of the model. We want to learn three specific things. 1) How well the model can track challenging behavior? 2) Can the model produce new information based on previous training? 3) How accurate and reliable the model can track challenging behavior based on the new information? The information we gain may aid future patients

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  • All genders
  • All Ages
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Unpaid

 

A new wearable device for promoting healthy sleeping

(IRB#: IRB_00165943)

The sleep wellness device we are testing produces electromagnetic frequencies that may help relax the brain. It is a wearable band that rests on the back of the neck. This study is testing whether this new device promotes sleep quality for those looking to improve their sleep. We will begin with a baseline week (wearing a fitbit sleep monitor and answering questionniares and a text-message based sleep diary). After baseline, participants will be randomized to wear the device or a placebo for 28 days. In the last week, participants will wear the fitbit again for 7 days and answer questionnaires again to look at how sleep has changed over the 28 day period wearing the sleep wellness device. Only half of the people in this study will have their devices turned on in the active mode. The other half will not have the device on but not in the active mode. This decision will be made randomly and people in the study will not know if their device is on or off. Between 28 days and 3 months, all devices will be activated. Participants can wear the device as much as they would like. We will conduct one more questionniare assessment at 3 months.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

A Program to Promote Resilience in Stroke Survivors and Care Partners

(IRB#: IRB_00142681)

Stroke can have a large impact on a persons life as well as their family. Unfortunately, changes in mood, such as feeling down, anxious, or having difficulty enjoying things, can be a common experience for persons who have had a stroke. Similarly, changes in mood can also affect the persons partner, who provides support. We have created a program for couples who are coping with the effects of stroke. Research is needed to better understand how to design the most effective program that improves the emotional health of couples coping with stroke.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Activities Among People with Physical Disabilities and Their Spouses or Partners Who Provide Caregiving

(IRB#: IRB_00172651)

The quality of the relationship between a caregiver and their care receiver is crucial to the quality of life. The purpose of this study is to learn the effect of how participating in activities together can have on the relationship between someone with physical disabilities and their romantic partner who provides care. People in the study will participate in 20-30-minute interviews.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Unpaid

 

Adaptive Cycling for People with Paralysis

(IRB#: IRB_00166092)

This study is to establish a live-cast adaptive spinning program for individuals 18 years and older who have paralysis living outside of Salt Lake County, Utah County, Weber Count, and Davis County. Participate in adaptive spinning twice a week for 60 minutes over 8 weeks from your home. We will loan a cycle for you to participate.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Unpaid

 

Advance Care Planning in Dementia

(IRB#: IRB_00132042)

Advanced care planning is important for adults, but maybe even more for people with memory loss. This disease can leave end-of-life decision-making up to the care partner. Often, the care partner does not know how to make the best decisions in the situation. Research is needed to improve and evaluate a website called LEAD Intervention (Life-Planning in Early Alzheimers and Dementia). LEAD is designed to help persons with memory loss have conversations, document, and share their end-of-life decisions with a care partner, extended family, and healthcare providers.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Brain Changes with Chronic Pain and Chronic Pain Recovery

(IRB#: IRB_00172536)

Chronic pain is persistent pain in the body. This study wants to learn how people with chronic pain relate to pain and how it impacts the brain. This study also wants to learn whether brain changes will be restored during chronic pain recovery. The knowledge learned will help doctors better understand how to prevent and treat chronic pain issues. People in the study will be in 3 groups. Healthy participants who have never experienced chronic pain. Participants currently experiencing chronic pain. Participants who have recovered from chronic pain. Being in the study requires about 2 visits to the study clinic. Compensation will be given for participation. Medical tests will be done to track the health of participants.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Brain Recordings for People with Deep Brain Stimulation for Severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

(IRB#: IRB_00169174)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder causes a person to have constant thoughts that can lead to repeated behaviors that may severely disrupt a persons life. This study will look at the effects of deep brain electrical stimulation therapy (small electrodes implanted in a persons brain that send mild amounts of electricity) on a patient with this disorder who has already been implanted with the Deep Brain Stimulation system. The study aims to better understand the relationship between brain activity, behavior, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder symptoms to help people with this disorder. People in this study will have the already recorded brain activity they received as standard of care collected and analyzed. Being in the study may last as long as the participant receives stimulation therapy and wants to participate.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Unpaid

 

Building Transition Readiness Skills for Adolescents and Young Adults with Congenital Heart Disease

(IRB#: IRB_00156291)

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is one of the most common birth defects with most major effects diagnosed in infancy. Because there is no cure for CHD it is a lifelong chronic illness. Research is needed to understand the needs of people with CHD as they transition from child to adulthood. This information will improve the care and quality of life for people with CHD.

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  • All genders
  • Over 7 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Cannabis (CBD) Effects of Treating People for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

(IRB#: IRB_00124865)

Cannabis (CBD) is a treatment shown to reduce non-cancer chronic pain. Research is needed to learn more about how CBD impacts brain chemistry. The information learned will help us better understand the effectiveness of CBD for improving the health of people suffering from chronic pain.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Caracterizar la variabilidad en el funcionamiento ejecutivo y diario en adultos hispanos y latinos mayores (Characterizing Variability in Executive and Daily Functioning in Hispanic and Latino/a/e Older Adults)

(IRB#: IRB_00166063)

Estamos analizando las relaciones entre las habilidades de pensamiento y funcionamiento cotidiano en adultos de habla hispana quienes tienen de 50 años en adelante. Estamos observando el impacto de varios factores diarios, tal como el estado de ánimo, sueño y dolor en la habilidad de pensar y completar tareas todos los días. El estudio implicaría venir a la Universidad de Utah para una consulta de investigación de 4 horas y luego hacer tareas diarias en su casa por las siguientes 3 semanas. ¡Le pagaremos su participación! No tiene que tener número de seguro social para participar. Comuníquese con nosotros para más información si está interesado y cumple con el criterio del estudio. (We are examining the relationship between thinking skills and daily functioning in Spanish-speaking adults who are 50 and older. We are looking at the impact of many daily life factors, such as mood, sleep, and pain, on your ability to think and get tasks done each day. The study will involve coming to the University of Utah for a 4-hour research visit and then doing daily tasks at home for the following 3 weeks. We will pay you for your participation! You do not need to have a social security number to participate. Please contact us for more information if you are interested and meet the study criteria.)

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Caregivers' Emotions to Their Young Children Related to Stress

(IRB#: IRB_00165890)

This study is to better understand families' experiences with their young children. We want to know about the emotions that caregivers show to their children and how these are related to caregivers' stress levels. This will help us better support families and their young children. People in this study will complete surveys on an iPad or phone for 14 days for one month. Compensation is provided for the completion of surveys. Participant names are not identified. What we learn will help us better understand how caregivers stress and emotions are expressed to their children.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Chronic Non-Cancer pain MRI research study evaluating the effects of oral cannabis on chronic pain

(IRB#: IRB_00103451)

The purpose of the study is to evaluate the effects of two substances derived from cannabis (THC and CBD) in participants with chronic non-cancer pain compared with a placebo. The study drug will be administered as an extract mixed in chocolate pudding. Participants will be allowed to stay on their current pain treatments for the study but may not add any more medications during the study. Participation in this study will be confidential. This study has been approved by the FDA, DEA, and University of Utah IRB.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Couples, healthy aging, rhythms and sleep study (CHARMS)

(IRB#: IRB_00158095)

As people get older they are more likely to have changes to their bodys rhythms, like waking up too early or in the middle of the night. As people get older, their sleep quality also goes down. We also know that sleep in one partner can affect the sleep of the other. Research is showing that having regular sleep/wake rhythms and good quality sleep can help your memory as you get older. The goal of this study is to understand how sleep in couples affects each others sleep and memory over a 2-year period.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Deep Brain Therapy with Ultrasound for Treatment of Cognitive Impairment

(IRB#: IRB_00173042)

This study is testing a safe new kind of brain stimulation as therapy for cognitive impairment (difficulty remembering, learning new things, or making everyday decisions). Recent technology has made it possible to improve the ultrasound (a way to see inside of a persons body) used to reach deep areas of a persons brain. This study wants to show that ultrasound reaches focused areas of the brain. Learn its effects on cognitive performance. As well as the overall experience of deep brain therapy with ultrasound. Being in the study requires 6 to 9 study visits at a clinic for about 1 to 2 months. This includes completing surveys, interviews, a physical exam, ultrasound, and MRI (a way to see the inside of a persons body). Medical tests will be done during the study to track the health of participants. The study wants to see if deep brain therapy with ultrasound will help people with cognitive impairment.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Unpaid

 

Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET): A Study Treatment for People Living with Migraine

(IRB#: IRB_00164970)

Migraine headaches are a severe health problem. Though there is current medication and ways to help people with migraine, most still have issues. A persons level of stress and past traumatic experiences may cause migraine. Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET) is a new way to help people manage emotions. We want to know how effective EAET is at reducing migraine. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Exercise and Brain Function

(IRB#: IRB_00152596)

Exercise is known for helping a persons brain function. Research is needed to better understand how exercise may help improve the brain's learning and memory processes. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • Male Only
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Factors of Mental Health and Social Influence

(IRB#: IRB_00167428)

This study wants to learn more about how a person's social and identity influence mental health. These include attitudes, opinions, decision-making, and finding help. Participants in this study will take a survey. The survey is about everyday life experiences and ideas about mental health. These include decision-making, seeking help, social influence, and identity. The survey will be done online with technology such as a computer or cell phone. The survey will take about 30 minutes.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Unpaid

 

Hair Chemicals in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

(IRB#: IRB_00153961)

Chemicals applied to a childs hair may impact health outcomes, especially for children with an autism spectrum disorder. Research is needed to learn how chemicals in these children's hair such as zinc, copper, and lead affect health. We also want to know if finding these chemicals in hair is a way to detect autism disorder sooner. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Under 7 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Health and Safety Consequences of Poor Sleep Health

(IRB#: IRB_00133959)

Sleep is a key factor affecting your overall health. We want to investigate if altering your nightly sleep duration impacts your bodys metabolism (how you metabolize food). We will also look at your physical activity, food intake, and cognition during the study.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Home- and Community-Based Services for Veterans with Cognitive Impairments and their Caregivers

(IRB#: IRB_00152365)

Veterans are at a high risk of having Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD). This is because of military experiences like traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Family members often provide care for Veterans with AD/ADRD. This allows them to live at home in their community. Research is needed to learn about these Veterans and caregivers' current needs and the best home- and community-based care services. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

How COVID-19 has Impacted Secondary School Aged Students with Autism

(IRB#: IRB_00135759)

The purpose of this study is to explore the academic, psychological and social experiences of secondary school aged individuals with an autism spectrum disorder during COVID-19.

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  • All genders
  • Over 7 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Improving Assessment of Executive Functioning in Culturally Diverse Older Adults

(IRB#: IRB_00145891)

Neuropsychological evaluations are often used to help doctors determine how well an individual can live independently. However, many of the tests neuropsychologists use were developed on non-Hispanic White individuals and are not as accurate in culturally diverse individuals. The goal of this study is to determine which measures are best for assessing functioning in culturally-diverse individuals so that neuropsychologists have a better understanding of how improve the accuracy of their assessments.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Improving Congenital Heart Disease Care for Adolescents and Young Adults

(IRB#: IRB_00149991)

Congenital Heart disease (CHD) is one of the most common birth defects with most major effects diagnosed in infancy. Because there is no cure for CHD it is a lifelong chronic illness. Research is needed to understand the needs of people with CHD as they transition from child to adulthood. This information will improve the care and quality of life for people with CHD.

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  • All genders
  • Over 7 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Improving Dementia Care with Hispanic/Latino Communities

(IRB#: IRB_00177351)

Dementia is a disease that affects a persons memory, behavior, and movement. This study will co-design a Spanish-language advanced care planning (ACP) intervention for Hispanic/Latino people living with dementia and their care partners. The study will then test the impact of the intervention on Spanish-speaking Hispanic/Latino people living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. The participants who co-design the intervention will meet in groups on Zoom (a way to meet using technology such as a computer). Being in this part of the study requires meeting about 8 times over about 3 years. The study will then test the co-designed Spanish/Latino Alzheimer's disease or related dementia intervention with the specific population.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Improving Mental Health Therapy Inequities and Disparities

(IRB#: IRB_00149225)

Racism is a fundamental cause of health inequities and disparities that severely impact the health of Americans. Research is needed to better understand mental health therapists anti-racist practices with people who identify their race as white. The information learned will help design more equitable strategies for people receiving mental health therapy.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Impulsiveness and Suicide of Young Adults with Bipolar Disorder

(IRB#: IRB_00137442)

Bipolar disorder may increase suicide risk, especially in young adults. Impulsiveness and suicidal thoughts can create a higher risk and make it harder to control thoughts of suicide. Research is needed to learn how bipolar disorder may be connected to impulsiveness and suicidal thoughts. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • 7 to 17 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Intergenerational Differences in Mental Health within South-Asian Households

(IRB#: IRB_00173613)

Intergenerational (people of many ages) differences may have mental health perspectives differ from parent to child. This study will explore how intergenerational mental health views differ from parent to child. Including the effects of family dynamics and the personal mental health of family members. Specifically, in homes with South-Asian immigrant parents and their second-generation children. People in the study will complete surveys and interviews.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Massage and the Brain

(IRB#: IRB_00155218)

In 2018, over 47.5 million adult Americans received at least one massage. Although massage is commonly used to improve overall health and symptoms of depression and anxiety, the effects on the brain are unclear. This study will use fMRI, an image taken to show how the brain responds to whole-body massage. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

New Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Software to Improve Diagnosis of People with Neurovascular Diseases.

(IRB#: IRB_00162281)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a way to form pictures inside of a persons body. A new MRI software has been designed to improve the quality and diagnosis of neurovascular diseases in the brain and surrounding areas. These diseases can cause problems in the muscles and nerves of a persons body. We want to learn if new MRI software creates better pictures to help people with neurovascular diseases. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Online Psychology Studies

(IRB#: IRB_00175849)

We want to learn how different people behave in complex situations. These complex situations are about how you make choices and what affects your choices. We will ask people in this study to do tasks on a private, online site that we created. We will compare this to how people with epilepsy do the tasks. We hope to better understand how to help people with epilepsy.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Preventing Perinatal Depression using an Online Intervention in a Healthcare System

(IRB#: IRB_00159109)

Women may suffer from depression before and after childbirth. This is called perinatal depression. Access to mental health resources can be difficult in both urban and rural areas. An online prevention program as part of a healthcare system may be a tool to access education and mental health resources. Research is needed to learn if using this tool is effective at preventing perinatal depression. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Prevention for People with Type 2 Diabetes

(IRB#: IRB_00166946)

A persons lifestyle shows to help prevent diabetes. A persons health may be influenced by their partner. Research is needed to learn how useful and successful a diabetes prevention program is when educating a patient with type 2 diabetes and their partner. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Prevention for People with Type 2 Diabetes

(IRB#: IRB_00143079)

A persons lifestyle shows to help prevent diabetes. A persons health may be influenced by their partner. Research is needed to learn how useful and successful a diabetes prevention program is when educating a patient with type 2 diabetes and their partner. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Sleep Study for Teenagers

(IRB#: IRB_00170667)

Sleep problems can cause people many issues such as feeling angry, unsure, distrusting of other people, and alone. This study wants to learn how teenagers sleep and sleep patterns impact these issues and if an intervention can be helpful. Participants 13 to 18 years old (teenagers) and their parents, with a study member, will participate in online interviews using technology like a cell phone or computer. Teenagers will be given a headband to wear at night while they sleep to track sleep patterns. Teenagers and parents will complete surveys. Teenage participants will also respond to short surveys on their cell phones. Being in the study requires about 2 months of participation.

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  • All genders
  • Over 7 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Social Safety on University of Utah Campus

(IRB#: IRB_00169088)

This study will help researchers understand how different campus settings feel to first-year students from different backgrounds and life paths. An app has been developed for students to use on a smartphone. The app will collect student experiences across different campus settings such as coffee shops, study areas, and classrooms. Students can choose to make lots or ratings, or only a few, and those who commit to making 15 different ratings will receive a $50 amazon gift card at the end of the study.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Studying Brain Fog and other Cognitive Dysfunction Symptoms for People with Long COVID

(IRB#: IRB_00168634)

Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC) is also known as Long Covid. This study will test three interventions for "brain fog" or cognitive dysfunction that has happened because of infection with COVID. Brain fog may cause confusion, forgetfulness, and lack of focus and mental clarity. The study wants to learn more about interventions to help people with this condition. People in the study will be randomly chosen to receive two treatment interventions delivered online to participants home technology device. People in this study will visit a clinic 3 times to complete surveys, lab tests, and brain function tests. They will also complete brain training sessions at home for 10 weeks and answer follow-up questions about their health and well-being. Participation in this study should last about 6 months. Compensation is provided for participation.

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  • All genders
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Unpaid

 

Suicidal Thoughts or Behavior During and After Pregnancy

(IRB#: IRB_00126952)

Pregnancy can be a stressful time in a womans life. This may cause women to have thoughts or actions about self-harm or suicide while they are pregnant. Research is needed to learn more about the effects of motherhood on mental health. The information we learn will help us provide better support for all women during and after pregnancy.

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  • Female Only
  • Under 7 or over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Teen Depression Therapy

(IRB#: IRB_00113733)

Depression is a mental health condition that can cause a loss of interest in activities and function in a persons daily life. This study wants to see if therapy can help teenagers stay healthy and prevent depression from happening again. Participants will receive therapy virtually on a computer or other device using Zoom or another method, complete surveys, computer testing, and a brain scan using an MRI (a tool to take pictures of the brain). Therapy sessions will be done weekly for 10-14 sessions. Participation lasts 2 years to assess depression. Participants will be paid for time spent in the study outside of therapy sessions.

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  • All genders
  • Over 7 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Testing Meditation Group Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain

(IRB#: IRB_00133405)

This study is comparing therapy to treat people with chronic (constant) low back pain. The study is testing usual care for people using opioids (medication to treat people's pain) versus usual care for people using opioids with meditation-based therapy (mental training involving focusing the mind to cope with pain, stress, and emotions). The study wants to better understand how well the usual care with meditation-based therapy works and if it creates changes in brain activity over time. People in the study will be randomly chosen to be treated with or without meditation therapy. Being in the study lasts about 6 months. Medical tests will be done during the study to learn and track the health of participants. People with be paid for participation.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Testing the Drug Psilocybin in Adults with Treatment-Resistant Depression

(IRB#: IRB_00159931)

Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) is when a person receives help for depression such as therapy with a physiatrist and taking an anti-depression drug, but depression keeps coming back. This study will test a drug called Psilocybin, to treat patients with this condition. The study wants to see if the drug will better help people with this disease and is safe. People in this study will be randomly chosen to receive psilocybin or a placebo. The drug and placebo are taken as a swallowed pill. The placebo is a pill without the treatment. Being in the study requires participation for 55 to 62 weeks. Participants will attend clinic visits in person at a University of Utah clinic. Medical tests will be done during the study to track the health of participants.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Unpaid

 

Testing the Timing of Tics Over Time in Children with Persistent Tic Disorders, Including Tourette Syndrome

(IRB#: IRB_00171031)

This is a study is to learn the timing of tics over time in children with Persistent tic disorders, including Tourette syndrome. These conditions are brain disorders that cause uncontrolled body movements and sounds. This behavior may improve and worsen depending on what happens to a person throughout a lifetime. Being in the study requires a child and their parent to attend 6 private video visits using a computer with internet. Visits will include interviews, surveys, learning activities, and training. Participation in the study lasts about 7 hours. All visits will be video recorded and kept in a secure place.

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  • All genders
  • Over 7 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Unpaid

 

Testing the Use of Ultrasound Waves for Adults with Chronic Pain

(IRB#: IRB_00175546)

An ultrasound is a device used on the outside of a persons body that creates sound waves (vibrations) to see the inside organs. This study tests the use of ultrasound to send waves in a focused area as a low-risk method to help people with chronic pain. This study wants to see if the low-risk method is as effective as a different method. People in the study will complete surveys and participate in an MRI (a device used to create an image of the area studied). Being in the study requires at least 4 study visits at the clinic. Medical tests will be done during the study to track the health of participants.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Unpaid

 

Thermal Comfort in Severe Environments Using Virtual Reality

(IRB#: IRB_00154093)

The thermal (temperature) of an environment where people work and learn can impact peoples comfort levels. Some people have limited ability to change their thermal environment in severe conditions such as disasters. This study wants to learn the thermal comfort and reactions in such settings. People in the study will wear a virtual reality (VR) device worn around the head and over the eyes that show different cold environments as experiences to see how it impacts a persons thermal comfort levels. Being in the study requires attending in person for 1 to 3 visits lasting about 1 to 2 hours each. Participants will be paid for their time in the study.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Tobacco and Alcohol Use Among People with Low Income

(IRB#: IRB_00170612)

The study wants to learn the reason people engage in certain behaviors. The study team wants to know how certain factors such as emotions, and social and psychological factors on discrimination impact the use of tobacco and alcohol among people who are low income. Being in the study will last about 9 years requiring 2 visits from the participants home. One online virtual visit at the beginning of the study and one phone call at the end of the study. Participation also requires downloading an application on the participants cellphone and answering up to 8 short phone surveys on the smartphone per day for 7 days in a row. The surveys will ask the participant about feelings, experiences, emotions, smoking, and drinking behaviors.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for People with Depression in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

(IRB#: IRB_00164631)

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that damages nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. This can affect a persons physical and mental health. Depression, or major depressive disorder, is common in people with MS and often has a serious impact on quality of life. Depression can be difficult to treat with medications in MS. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a safe and approved treatment for medication in people with depression. Little is known about TMS for people with MS. This study wants to better understand the safety and effectiveness of TMS treatment for depression in MS. Participants will receive standard outpatient TMS treatment for depression. This includes in-person, phone, and online Zoom visits to complete surveys and track the health of participants.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Treating healthcare provider burnout using Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

(IRB#: IRB_00152312)

Many healthcare providers on the frontlines of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic felt burnt out and depressed. We want to see if mindfulness training helps with these feelings. We also want to see if psilocybin-assisted therapy helps with these feelings. The frontline healthcare providers who sign up will get mindfulness training for 8 weeks. Half of the providers will also get psilocybin-assisted therapy.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Unpaid

 

Ultrasound Brain Simulation to Treat People with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

(IRB#: IRB_00173062)

This study is testing a new method of brain stimulation (a small amount of electricity given through a persons head) to improve Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a condition that can affect the brain caused when a person has gone through a shocking, scary, or dangerous life event. Recent new technology makes it possible to provide safer and better ways for brain therapy. The study wants to see if ultrasound (a way to see inside of a persons body) brain therapy will help people with PTSD. Being in this study requires up to 5-6 in-person study visits at a clinic over about 1 to 2 months. This includes completing surveys, interviews, a physical exam, ultrasound, and MRI scans (ways to see the inside of a persons body). Medical tests will be done during the study to track the health of participants. People will be paid for their time in the study.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

University of Utah Long Covid Registry

(IRB#: IRB_00140978)

Researchers at the University of Utah have established a registry to follow individuals who are experiencing prolonged symptoms after COVID-19 infection. We are interested in following people with "Long Covid" using in depth health surveys and optional blood draws to better understand this condition with the goal of ultimately developing clinical management strategies.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Unpaid

 

Vanpools for Frontline Healthcare Workers

(IRB#: IRB_00166630)

Sick of the stress of commuting? Done with traffic? Then join the Vanpool Trial at the U! We are looking for participants who want to change how they commute to UHealth. Anyone who commutes to a UHealth location is eligible to participate. We are testing Vanpools, in partnership with UTA and UCAIR, to understand how it impacts employee commute stress, quality of life, and your views of public transit and climate change. Vanpools are shared commute vans that a group of people use to get to and from a neighborhood to work. Eligible participants will be randomized to either a vanpool or a educational intervention, so you must be willing to join a vanpool for up to 5 months. Contact us today to learn how you can join!

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Unpaid

 

Viewing Events

(IRB#: IRB_00170628)

The purpose of this study is to determine what people remember from experiences they have in Virtual Reality. We will ask you demographic questions and about your experience with VR. You will view a fictional park scenario presented through a virtual reality (VR) headset, and we will measure where you look and your physiological responses (e.g., heart rate, perspiration) using non-invasive wearable technology. Then we will ask you about the video. Participation in the study requires one study visit and should last up to an hour. Participants will be compensated for their time.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Virtual Reality and Mindfulness Therapy for People with Opioid Use Disorder

(IRB#: IRB_00157860)

Virtual reality is a technology device used to create an unreal environment for people to face situations such as Opioid (drug) Use Disorder (OUD). A therapy called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) has been shown to help people with chronic pain and other issues of OUD. Research is needed to learn if VR with MORE is just as well as MORE without VR. We hope to apply what we learn to better help people using Telehealth (doctor visits received outside of doctors offices such as on a computer). The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Last Updated: 6/8/23