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Participant recruitment is a major challenge in many research studies involving human subjects. Recruitment involves a number of activities, including identifying eligible participants, adequately explaining the study to the potential participants, recruiting an adequate sample based on study goals and design, obtaining informed consent and maintaining ethical standards, and retaining participants until study completion.

Below is a list of current studies requiring volunteers:

Health Mentors Program (University of British Columbia)

The UBC Health Mentors Program is a 9-month volunteer program in which adult mentors and/or caregivers meet 6 times with a small team of UBC students. Health Mentors are experts in their health, and want to share their experiences living with a chronic condition. Students are new healthcare professionals who learn about patient-centred care and how providers can better support people with chronic conditions.

By being a Health Mentor, you will be part of a pioneering program that is contributing to the education of the health professionals of tomorrow. Health Mentors should live in the Metro Vancouver area, and be comfortable talking about their health condition.

For more information, and to apply to be a health mentor, please visit: bit.ly/ubchealthmentors, or refer to this document. Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Jen MacDonald, at jen.macdonald@ubc.ca.

Somatotopy in Parkinson's disease (Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre)

Researchers from the University of British Columbia are recruiting individuals between ages 50 to 85 who have been recently diagnosed with early stage Parkinson’s Disease (less than 4 years duration), as well as healthy individuals between ages 50 to 85 to participate in a study at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.

PET/MRI imaging will be used to investigate changes in the brain in Parkinson’s disease, by comparing patterns of altered connections in people with Parkinson’s disease versus healthy controls. If you choose to join, you will be asked to commit up to 14 hours; a single visit of two hours for screening and assessments and two visits of approximately 6 hours each to scan. These visits can be conducted on either consecutive or non-consecutive days.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact 604-827-1353 at the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre for more information.