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Study Participation

1. Structural, Functional and Molecular Neuroimaging in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury 

We are looking for participants who have experienced a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury in the past year to volunteer for a study titled Structural, Functional, and Molecular Neuroimaging in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury”. Eligible participants will be asked to complete the following 8 hour (or less) assessments: A brain MRI scan; Neuropsychological assessment examining cognitive functioning; Questionnaires that ask about physical & cognitive symptoms, as well as quality of life; A pregnancy test if applicable; And a blood draw to test for metabolic and genetic factors that may affect cognitive functioning. Interested participants must have suffered a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury within the past year, must be 18 years or older and otherwise physically and emotionally healthy. Participation in the study is voluntary and will not affect your medical treatment. Eligible participants will be compensated $100 for their time. For more information contact Dori Smith at 317-278-3117 or dojsmith@iupui.edu.

2. Structural, Functional and Molecular Neuroimaging in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (For Healthy Controls)

We are looking for healthy volunteers (who have never had a traumatic brain injury) to volunteer for a study entitled “Structural, Functional, and Molecular Neuroimaging in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury”. Eligible participants will be asked to complete the following 8 hour (or less) assessments: A brain MRI scan; Neuropsychological assessment examining cognitive functioning; Questionnaires that ask about physical & cognitive symptoms, as well as quality of life; A pregnancy test if applicable; And a blood draw to test for metabolic and genetic factors that may affect cognitive functioning. Interested participants must be 18 years or older and physically and emotionally healthy. This means participants must be without any neurologic, major medical, or psychiatric conditions (for example, no history of depression or anxiety requiring treatment). Participation in the study is voluntary. Eligible participants will be compensated $100 for their time. For more information contact Dori Smith at 317-278-3117 or dojsmith@iupui.edu.

3. Structural, Functional and Molecular Neuroimaging in Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (For Healthy Controls)

The IU Center for Neuroimaging in Indianapolis is conducting a study about traumatic brain injury.  We are seeking healthy volunteers who have NOT had a brain injury. Participants should be 18 to 60 years old, have no history of significant neurological or psychiatric problems, and be able to undergo MRI and PET scan (i.e., not have metal in their body, be pregnant, or be claustrophobic).  A phone interview and screening will be performed to determine eligibility. Eligible participants will be asked to: provide a blood sample for biomarker and genetic tests; undergo an MRI and a PET scan; and perform a brief neuropsychological evaluation involving cognitive tests (e.g., memory) and questionnaires. The study should take 6-8 hours.  Participants will be paid $150 and may receive an image of their brain. For more information, please contact Dori Smith at (317) 278-3117.     

4. Need Healthy Participants and Participants with Traumatic Brain injury (TBI) to Learn about Problems with Emotion After
    Traumatic Brain Injury


Researchers at Indiana University and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana are conducting this study to use brain imaging to understand why people with TBI often have trouble recognizing peoples’ emotions.  This information is important for knowing how to treat these common problems.  We are looking for people with and without TBI who may or may not have problems reading emotions from faces.This study would require participants to come to the Neuroscience Center for Excellence for a screening visit, and if eligible, a second visit that would involve a brain scan while answering questions about faces. If you are between the ages of 18 and 65 and you are right-handed, you may be eligible to participate in this study.  Participants will be paid for their participation time.To learn more, please contact: Dori Smith at 317-278-3117

5. Have you experienced a brain injury with lasting effects?

The Center for Neuroimaging at IU School of Medicine is recruiting subjects for a study evaluating the effectiveness of 3 treatments in individuals with memory and attention problems related to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Participants must be between 18 and 65 years of age, and have experienced a traumatic brain injury or concussion resulting in lasting problems with attention and memory. Participants should be able to travel to the IUPUI campus for 5 clinic visits over 7 weeks. Patients enrolled into the study are eligible for financial compensation.  For more information about the study, please contact Jessica Bailey at (317) 963-7516 or email jnadkins@iupui.edu

6. Subtle memory changes often occur as we age. However, sometimes the changes are greater than expected

 Do you or a loved on have problems with remembering new information?  Remembering conversations? Recalling where you have put things? Forgetting appointments? Remembering what you walked into a room for? If you are concerned about these problems, you may be eligible for our study. Adults 60 and older with mild to moderate memory difficulties are needed for brain imaging studies of memory at IUPUI. The study involves participating in three sessions, 18 months apart, over three years and includes a brain scan, blood draw, eye exam and cognitive testing. Each session can take up to eight hours that is distributed over two days. Every effort will be made to work around individual schedules. By participating in this study, you will receive an evaluation that includes a brain scan and detailed memory evaluation at no cost to you. Your evaluation results can be made available to your doctor. You will be conpensated $75 for your time and effort for each of the three visits. For more information please contact Eileen Tallman at 317-278-3121