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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.

Tele-Yoga in Adults with Symptoms of Anxiety (Rutgers University)

The Motor Behavior Lab of Rutgers University is inviting people to participate in a research study evaluating the role of yoga in the lives of individuals with Parkinson's disease or symptoms of anxiety. 

Who is eligible for this study? 

  • Individuals with Parkinson's disease 
  • Individuals with symptoms of anxiety - such as feelings of nervousness, racing heart, & muscle tension
  • Individuals between 18-80 years old (male or female)
  • Proficient English speakers

You must not: 

  • Have an injury or condition that affects your ability to particpate in physical activity
  • Have cognitive impairments that could prevent you from communicating or understanding directions
  • Be pregnant

What is involved? 
You will be asked to participate in four 1.5-hour videoconferencing sessions to answer questionnaires, followed by a 6-week waiting period (no action required). You will then participate in 12 or more yoga sessions in your home via a live video chat with a yoga teacher. The total time commitment is 12 weeks.   

To learn more, contact the principal investigator: 
Dr. Jean-Francois Daneault, PhD | 973.972.8482 | Email: jf.daneault@rutgers.edu

Animal Assisted Interventions Study (University of Groningen)

Volunteers needed for a questionnaire study on service dogs for Parkinson's disease. Individuals may be diagnosed with Parkinson's, Lewy body dementia, or be caregivers of individuals with these diagnoses. Participation is confidential and individual responses will remain anonymous.

Participants do not need to have a service dog to complete the survey. 

Study Information

Service dogs may be of great assistance to those with Parkinson's disease or Lewy body dementia. Thus far, research on this topic has been extremely scarce. However, these highly trained animals may assist in areas including retrieving hard to reach items, finding help for owners in distress, providing balance support, encouraging exercise, and reducing loneliness. 

Researcher Information

Lisa Skandali, M.Sc. | liz.skandali@gmail.com

University of Groningen

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Apathy and Young Onset Parkinson's Disease: The Mitigating Role of Employment

Despite the continual growth of people diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD), research examining the burdensome non-motor features remains scarce. We hope to identify potential relationships between apathy and other variables that might lead to new and innovative treatments.

To be eligible to participate in this study, participants need to have a clinical diagnosis of YOPD (prior to the age of 50) and be at least 18 years old. Participation in this study will require about 25-minutes of time and will not include any compensation.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. Should you have any questions or concerns, contact Bradley McDaniels, PhD, CRC, Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services, University of North Texas, at 469-551-3785 or Bradley.mcdaniels@unt.edu

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