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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!

Cognitive Neuroscience of Reward

James F Cavanagh, PhD, Depression Research

Purpose of Study: This project looks at the brain’s responses to reward in depressed and non-depressed participants.

Protocol Summary: Participants may be asked to do any of the following activities: Complete a confidential interview and answer questionnaires regarding their mood and feelings. Have their brain monitored using either MEG (about 1 hour of assessment and up to 1 hour of setup) or MRI (about 1 hour). Play simple learning video games for rewarding outcomes. May be contacted six months prior to the study to answer some simple questions via phone call. Participants will be compensated $20 - $30 an hour for their time.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Men or women aged 18-55. In Aim 2, participants will need to either meet criteria for Major Depressive Disorder via a Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM-5 (SCID), or have an absence of symptoms to qualify as a control. Free from psychoactive medication for at least 2 weeks.

505-289-0734    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 20818

ABQ TREAT

Eric Claus, PhD, Addiction Research

Purpose of Study: This study is examining how the brain, behavior, and emotions change after alcohol treatment.

Protocol Summary: Participants complete surveys and brain imaging up to three times and will attend 12 weekly one hour treatment sessions. Participants will receive up to $440 for 32-33 hours of participation time over 15 months.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: We are looking for volunteers to participate in a research study who want to change their drinking with a non-medication based treatment.

505-633-8861     .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 8418

Brain, Behavior, and Personality

Kent Kiehl, PhD, Other Neuroimaging Research

Purpose of Study: The Mind Research Network is looking for healthy individuals to participate in our brain imaging research studies.

Protocol Summary: Qualifying individuals will be asked to complete interviews, paper and pencil tests, questionnaires, and MRI scans. All tests are noninvasive and safe, and you can choose to quit the study at any time. Participants will earn $20/hour.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: The study is open to males ages 14-21. All individuals the ages of 14-17 must get parent or guardian consent before participating in the study. If you are interested in joining this study, please visit https://portal.trendscenter.org/p2/?stype=25621 to find out if you are eligible.

505-301-2658 or 505-301-5589    HRRC#: 15050

Cognitive and Psychiatric Functioning in Aging

Sephira Ryman, PhD, Aging

Purpose of Study: The aim of this study is to understand changes in thinking and emotional functioning in healthy older adults and individuals with neurodegenerative conditions. This research ultimately aims to facilitate earlier detection and improve treatments for neurodegenerative conditions.

Protocol Summary: Participants may be asked to do any of the following activities: complete a confidential interview and answer questionnaires regarding their mood and feelings, complete pen and paper cognitive tests (e.g. memory tests), complete tests of balance and eye movements, genetic testing, blood draw, urine drug screening and/or breathalyzer. They may have a magnetic resonance image (MRI) scan of their brain. Participants may be asked to return for annual research visits in which they would repeat similar assessments. Participants will earn $20.00 per hour for their participation.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Adults between the ages of 50-89. We will be recruiting healthy individuals with no cognitive concerns as well as individuals with a diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Vascular Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia or have subjective cognitive complaints or concerns.

505-803-5499    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 20-247

Defining the brain network underlying psychotic symptoms in early schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Juan Bustillo, MD, Psychiatric Research

Purpose of Study: The purpose of the study is to examine what brain areas are responsible for psychotic symptoms in people suffering from schizophrenia or bipolar I disorder.

Protocol Summary: Participants will undergo a diagnostic assessment, neurocognitive testing, a magnetoencephalography (MEG) scan, and an MRI session. Study activities may be spread over 2-3 visits. Participants will be compensated for their time.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Individuals are eligible to participate if they are between the ages of 18 and 30, have no contraindications to MEG and MRI scanning and either a) have a schizophrenia spectrum disorder or bipolar-I disorder or b) are volunteering as a health control and have no history of a psychiatric or neurologic disorder.

505-272-9552    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 18-302

DevMind Study: Mapping Brain Development In Childhood

Julia Stephen, PhD, Neurodevelopment

Purpose of Study: This research study is designed to understand how the healthy brain matures and how hormones influence development.

Protocol Summary: Child will complete 2 visits per year for 5 years. The study uses non-invasive and harmless techniques, MEG (Magnetoencephalography), fMRI/MRI (functional magnetic resonance Imaging), saliva hormone collection and behavioral measures. Participants will be compensated for their time.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Children between the ages of 6-8 and 11-13 years old, who have never been diagnosed with a psychiatric or neurological disorder, and are 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#: 521-19

Multi-Modal Imaging of Traumatic Brain Injury and Medical Cannabis

Andy Mayer, PhD, Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Purpose of Study: The aim of this research is to study the effects of medical cannabis on traumatic brain injury or concussion. We will be comparing people with traumatic brain injury who are currently using medical cannabis to people with traumatic brain injury who are not using medical cannabis.

Protocol Summary: Participants will undergo a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan (approximately 1.5 hours), clinical examinations (approx. 1.5 hours), and neuropsychological examinations (approx 2 hrs). Additionally a drug screen will be administered. 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 traumatic brain injury/concussion who are either using medical cannabis or not using cannabis.

505-272-0769    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 19-655

Project Raptor: Examining the Interplay between Resting Oscillations, Novelty Processing, and Attention in PTSD

Pilar Sanjuan, PhD, PTSD Research

Purpose of Study: The purpose of this study is to examine attention and memory in individuals with and without PTSD.

Protocol Summary: Participants will complete 2 visits. The study uses non-invasive and harmless techniques, MEG (Magnetoencephalography), MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and neurocognitive and behavioral assessments. Participants will be compensated for their time.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: We are looking for service members (veterans deployed within the last 10 years or Active Duty) of the U.S. Military between the ages of 18-50. You do not need to have PTSD.

(505) 221-6671    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 06-019

Reward-Guided Decision Making in Healthy Participants and Brain-Injured Patients

Jeremy Hogeveen, PhD, Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Purpose of Study: The purpose of the proposed research is to characterize the brain mechanisms underlying maladaptive reward processing in patients with mild traumatic brain injury (msTBI), with a focus on psychiatric symptoms in patients.

Protocol Summary: Participants will undergo surveys and neuropsychological testing (~3 hrs) followed by a 1.5 hr MRI session (brain scan) in which participants will perform cognitive tasks. Participants will receive $30 merchandise cards for each hour of participation for an average total of $120 – $150.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Half of the participants will be patients with a msTBI (≤3 months up to 15 years) resulting from a concussive event. For Healthy Control (HC) participants, study inclusion criteria stipulate the participants will: have no history of major psychiatric disturbance, be either native or highly competent English speakers, have 12 or more years of education, have no contraindications to Magnetic Resonance Imaging have no history of substance abuse (excluding moderate alcohol or marijuana usage), and will not be pregnant or currently trying to get pregnant.

505-925-4043    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 19-053

Targeted Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to Enhance Speech-Language Treatment Outcomes in Persons with Chronic Post-Stroke Aphasia

Jessica Richardson, PhD, Other Neuroimaging Research

Purpose of Study: The aim of this research is to determine whether non-invasive brain stimulation paired with speech-language therapy results in better outcomes than speech-language therapy alone.

Protocol Summary: Participants may undergo non-invasive brain activity recording, brain scanning with MRI, neuropsychological and language testing, 15 sessions of active or sham brain stimulation with speech-language therapy and testing, and two follow-up testing sessions at 1 month and 2 months after therapy. Participants may earn $30 per testing session and $10 per therapy session in the form of a gift merchandise card.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Individuals aged 25-85, who have suffered a stroke and have communication difficulties as a result.

505-277-1765    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 16-091

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 8-18 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

Theta Study

Julia Stephen, PhD, Neurodevelopment

Purpose of Study: This research is being done to evaluate changes in brain function in typically developing children 6-8 years of age in relation to children 6-8 years of age with prenatal alcohol exposure.

Protocol Summary: During this study, your child will see a pediatrician for a brief physical and see a developmental psychologist to perform some paper and pencil/computer tests. Pictures of your child’s brain and brain activity will be measured using non-invasive and harmless devices called MEG (Magnetoencephalography) and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). All participants will be given a gift card of $50 or $25 (if incomplete) per visit for participating in the study.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Children between the ages of 6-8 years old, who have never been diagnosed with a psychiatric or neurological disorder, and are 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.

505-272-9297    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 20-015

Whole notes, whole brains: Understanding the role of music training in brain development

Julia Stephen, PhD, Neurodevelopment

Purpose of Study: To examine the role of music training on math skills and cognitive performance.

Protocol Summary: Child will complete memory and attention tests as well as a math test online. A parent will complete questionnaires about the child. Participants will be compensated $30 in the form of an online gift card.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Children between the ages of 8-12 years old, who have never been diagnosed with a psychiatric or neurological disorder, and are medically healthy.

505-272-3304    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    HRRC#: 11520