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Participant Recruitment Registry

​Research is our best hope for understanding and treating mental illnesses. Thanks to help from volunteers, researchers are learning more and more about the causes of mental and behavioral disorders, and are finding new ways to treat and prevent illnesses. We are always recruiting individuals of all ages and races to participate in our studies.  

The Mind Research Network would like to invite you to join our Participant Recruitment Registry (PRR), a program that helps us identify individuals who are eligible for and interested in participating in scientific research.  Participation in the PRR is for research purposes only and is entirely voluntary. If you choose to register, the information you provide will be kept confidential.  If you would like to be contacted about future research studies and are interested in participating in the registry, please click HERE to log in or create a new account.

You can also participate by contacting the study team directly. Studies recruiting at the Mind Research Network and Lovelace Scientific Resources are listed below.  We thank you in advance for your contribution to our research mission!

The Impact of Diffuse Mild Brain Injury on Clinical Outcomes in Children

Andy Mayer, PhD,Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Purpose of Study: The aim of this research is to seek neuroimaging evidence of subtle physical or biochemical injury in subjects with TBI relative to healthy control subjects and, if detected, examine whether these injuries resolve.

Protocol Summary: Participants will undergo neuropsychological testing, neurosensory testing, magnetic resonance imaging (~4-5 hours). Repeat testing will occur 4 months and 12 months post injury (~3 hours). Participants in this study will be paid $20 per hour of participation.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Males and females between the ages of 12-18 with no MRI contraindications (presence of a potentially dangerous non-removable metallic device).

505-272-0769    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 07-272

ABQ DRINQ Study

Eric Claus, PhD,Addiction Research

Purpose of Study: To research how the brain changes over time in relation to drinking patterns.

Protocol Summary: The study involves 4 visits at the Mind Research Network over 18 months and each visit requires up to 8 hours, which can be split over multiple days. You will be compensated at the rate of $20/hour for your participation.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: We are seeking healthy individuals 22-55 years of age who are moderate to heavy drinkers.

505-633-4028     .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 20-159

Are you trying to quit smoking?

Eric Claus, PhD,Addiction Research

Purpose of Study: We are studying whether an experimental treatment can help people quit smoking.

Protocol Summary: The study involves answering questions about your mood, personality, and alcohol and tobacco use over the phone and in the laboratory. It consists of eight different visits over a period of three months. Eligible participants will be paid up to $300 for their time and be given free nicotine patches.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: We are currently seeking regular smokers who are between the ages of 21-60 and who want to quit smoking.

505-933-9891    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 12-547

Dev-CoG Study: Quantifying Brain Dynamics and Related Genetic Factors in Childhood

Julia Stephen, PhD,Neurodevelopment

Purpose of Study: This research study is designed to map the developmental trajectory of functional and structural brain networks in healthy children and adolescents. Additionally, we aim to understand the genetic factors that promote this process and enable the most “cognitively advanced” systems. This study is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Protocol Summary: Child will complete 2-3 visits per year for 2-4 years. The study uses non-invasive and harmless techniques, MEG (Magnetoencephalography), fMRI/MRI (functional magnetic resonance Imaging), saliva genetics collection and behavioral measures. Participants will be compensated for their time.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Children are eligible to participate if he/she is between the ages of 9 and 15, speaks English, has never been diagnosed with a psychiatric or neurological disorder, and is medically healthy. Parent(s) must be able to give valid informed consent and the child must be able and willing to provide assent to the study procedures.

505-227-3199    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 12-908

Assessing Psychosis-Related Deficits Based on Gaze Behavior

Julia Stephen, PhD,Psychosis Research

Purpose of Study: This research is being done to evaluate the use of eyetracking as a tool to improve diagnosis for patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Protocol Summary: The study involves answering questionnaires and undergoing neuropsychological testing to characterize participants. The participant will also be asked to perform certain tasks that involve looking at images and following visual targets around the screen. During these tasks a device called an eyetracker with record the position of the eye. You may be asked to return for additional testing 6 months after the initial testing to examine the stability of these measures over time.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: We are recruiting both males and females aged 18-35 years of age with a history of mental illness and healthy controls.

505-835-0266    HRRC#: 17176

Brain, Behavior and Personality

Kent Kiehl, PhD,Forensic Research

Purpose of Study: To examine brain activation related to emotional and cognitive decision making.

Protocol Summary: Study consists of MRI, interviews and questionnaires. Compensation will be provided. Participants will be asked to come for 2, three-hour sessions approximately one week apart.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Healthy male adults, ages 18-50. High school education preferred.

505-504-1140 or 505-504-0143    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 20-150

A Multidimensional Approach for Understanding Cognitive Control Deficits in Psychopathology

Andy Mayer, PhD,Psychosis Research

Purpose of Study: 1) Establish neural-circuit basis of cognitive impairments and everyday functioning in psychotic spectrum disorders (PSD). 2) To develop genetic models of neural abnormalities within the cognitive control network in PSD.

Protocol Summary: Participants will undergo a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI, including Diffusion Tensor Imaging or DTI) scan (approximately 1.5 hours), clinical examinations (approx. 1.5 hours), and neuropsychological examinations (approx 2 hrs). Additionally drug screens will be administered each visit. Participants in this study will be paid $20 per hour of participation.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Males and females between the ages of 18-50 with history of mental illness.

505-948-3230     .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 13-637

Imaging brain activity in substance use treatment

Jon Houck, PhD,Addiction Research

Purpose of Study: To evaluate brain responses to phrases that are often said by people who tend to be successful in changing their alcohol use habits.

Protocol Summary: Participation in this study involves a computerized assessment battery (1 hour); a recorded discussion with a trained interviewer and brain scanning using MEG, a noninvasive neuroimaging technique (1 hour); a structural MRI scan (30 minutes); a follow-up MEG scanning session (1 hour); and computerized assessments at three months, six months, and 12 months after the first visit (30 minutes each).

Basic Eligibility Criteria: 18 years or older, use of alcohol in the previous 30 days, not seeking treatment, problem drinking, normal or near-normal hearing.

505-796-8306    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 14-098

COBRE Master Study

Vince Calhoun, PhD,Psychosis Research

Purpose of Study: This Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) will examine the neural mechanisms of schizophrenia by integrating multiple neuroimaging methods with psychiatric, neuropsychological and genetic testing.

Protocol Summary: The unifying theme for our COBRE is the study of schizophrenia as a disorder characterized by abnormalities in structural, functional, and effective connectivity between cortical and subcortical brain regions, producing abnormalities in the integration of information across distributed brain circuits. This COBRE is composed of four tightly integrated projects that will break new ground in schizophrenia research by combining neuroimaging data in a sophisticated and innovative way. Participants will be compensated for their time.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Participants will receive multiple brain scans throughout the course of this study. For this study we will be recruiting the following: * Subjects with schizophrenia * Healthy Normal Volunteers

505-272-9552    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 07-325

Predictors of Recovery from Brain Injury

James F. Cavanagh, PhD,Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Purpose of Study: We are recruiting acute patients as well as healthy controls for a study of brain injury recovery.

Protocol Summary: Participants will first answer simple questionnaires about their personality and other important background information, and then they will take a variety of simple pen-and-paper cognitive tests. Following that, they will take computerized experiments that are like simple video games while MRI and EEG are recorded. Participants will receive $20 / hr for participation in this study.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: 18-55 years of age, fluent in English, no known loss of consciousness for > 5 minutes or epilepsy, no medications that influence cognitive functioning.

505-925-4043    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 15-177

Stress & the Brain fMRI Study

Pilar Sanjuan, PhD,CASAA

Purpose of Study: We are seeking people who have experienced domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, or severe physical assault for a study of the effects of traumatic stress on emotions and urges to drink alcohol.

Protocol Summary: The study involves two appointments at the Mind Research Network for a total of about 7 hours. You will be compensated financially for your participation.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: We are seeking people 21-50 years of age who have experienced domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, or severe physical assault.

505-925-2335    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 13-327

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for Deficits After Traumatic Brain Injury

Davin Quinn, MD,Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Purpose of Study: The aims of this research are to: 1) study the short-term and long-term effects of an investigational brain stimulation treatment on mood and problem-solving after a traumatic brain injury.

Protocol Summary: Participants will undergo neuropsychological testing (~4 hrs) ($100), 10 sessions of active or sham brain stimulation with cognitive training and testing(14 hrs total) ($300), repeat neuropsychological testing after 1 month ($100) and two telephone interviews after 6 months and 1 year (~30 min) ($50).

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Individuals aged 18-55, who have suffered a traumatic brain injury between three months and five years ago (from present time), and are experiencing problems with mood and problem-solving.

505-272-4763    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)     HRRC#: 15-124

The Neuroscience of Aptitude

Rex Jung, PhD,Cognitive Neuroscience

Purpose of Study: Twins Needed! This study will involve testing of creativity, personality, intelligence, and abilities and talents. If you and your TWIN would like to be considered for the study, please call 272-7036 or send an email to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Protocol Summary: We anticipate testing 150 subjects (75 twin pairs) to obtain sufficient behavioral sampling of aptitude in this twin cohort. Both male and female twin pairs will be studied. All studies will take place at The University of New Mexico and The Mind Research Network over two experimental sessions consisting of up to 11.5 hours in total. The PI or his assistants will conduct all the screening and interview procedures. The PI or his assistants will conduct MRI scanning and administration of cognitive and personality measures. The experimental session will consist of consent and screening (.5 hour), MR studies including morphological, diffusion tensor, spectroscopic, and REST imaging (.5 hour), and cognitive/personality/creativity evaluation (9 hours). Participants will be compensated $100.00 upon completion of the study.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Inclusion Criteria: Twins between the ages of 16-40. Exclusion Criteria: 1) pregnancy, 2) presence of a potentially dangerous metallic device, implanted or otherwise, 3) age less than 16 or greater than 40, 4) presence of a medical, neurological, or psychiatric condition that makes MR scanning dangerous or confounds experimental hypotheses (e.g., cardiac disease, seizure disorder, traumatic brain injury, or mental illness), 5) claustrophobia, 6) and weight greater than 300 pounds.

505-272-7036    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 13-438

Smokers at Risk for Lung Cancer Study

Steve Belinsky, PhD,Lovelace Scientific Resources

Purpose of Study: The long term effects of smoking may be a risk factor for developing lung disease. A research study on the early detection of lung cancer and other smoking related diseases is currently being conducted.

Protocol Summary: Participants will receive study-related tests at no cost. Compensation will be provided.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: 40 to 75 years of age and are a current or former smoker.

505-348-9700    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 2190