participate in a study?
You may be eligible if you
- Had a stroke within the past 2
weeks, for the study Understanding the effects of stroke using
functional connectivity MRI
- Have no history of visual or
neurological problems for upcoming studies of visual attention in the
However, it can
still be difficult for doctors and therapists to
predict recovery and to decide which treatments to use. Now we
learning that the strength of the connections between brain areas may
be just as important as the health of the area itself.
||Why participate in a
hope that our findings will improve medical care for future patients
with neurological diagnoses, such as stroke and brain injury. You
areas of the brain control different abilities. We know that
an injury in a given area is likely to cause a given symptom, such as
arm or leg weakness, numbness, loss of speech, visual changes, or
trouble with thinking and remembering.
Functional connectivity MRI provides a way to study these
We hope that findings from our studies will help doctors to:
We need both
volunteers with and without neurological diagnoses to participate.
- Predict recovery
- Choose the right treatment
- Evaluate the effect of treatments
Some of our
studies also involve one or more office visits. These
visits may include interviews, computerized tests, and/or
|What to expect
of our studies involve one or more functional connectivity MRI
sessions. Scan sessions last from 1 to 2 hours.
Participants lie in a
closed MRI scanner and rest or perform a task such as viewing images on
a screen and pressing a button to respond. The MRI is
contrast media or dye is used; and participants will not be exposed to
radiation. Participants are monitored continuously for comfort and may
stop the session at any time.
There is no charge to participants or their insurers for any study
procedures. Participants are paid $10-$25 per hour for their time,
depending on the type of study. For participants with
diagnoses, we can also arrange transportation to and from study visits
free of charge. Because the procedures are for research purposes,
studies will not provide any direct health benefits, nor will the
results be provided to participants.