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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:

Freezing of Gait (University of British Columbia)

Researchers at the University of British Columbia School of Kinesiology are conducting a study on freezing of gait in patients with Parkinson's disease. They are looking for patients with Parkinson's disease aged 60-85 years old. If you have considerable tremor or uncontrollable movements/postures, or have had any neurosurgical procedures such as deep brain stimulation, you should not participate.

For more information, please view the PDF handout on this study.

Questions about this research study can be forwarded to:
Dr. Mark Carpenter
mark.carpenter@ubc.ca or 604-822-8614

Brain Research (Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre)

The Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine is currently recruiting research participants for a number of different studies. For more information or to register for any of the studies listed below, please contact Christy Jones at 604-822-9722. 

Effect of Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation (GVS) on balance and walking in Parkinson's disease
Eligibility: Individuals aged 55-85, diagnosed with Parkinson's disease or healthy controls. 

Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation (GVS) as a prospective treatment for apathy in Parkinson's disease
Eligibility: Individuals aged 18-85, diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (with or without apathy) or healthy controls.

Download the recruitment poster for GVS studies here

Sweat as a biomarker in Parkinson's disease
Eligibility: Individuals aged 40-70, diagnosed with Parkinson's disease or healthy controls.

EEG biofeedback in Parkinson's disease 
Eligibility: Individuals aged 40-70, diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.   

Effect of transcranial alternating current stimulation on tremor in Parkinson's disease
Eligibility: Individuals aged 55-85, diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and with resting tremor. 

Electrical brain stimulation as a prospective treatment for Parkinson's disease 
Eligibility: Individuals aged 18-85, diagnosed with Parkinson's disease or healthy controls. 

Using smartphone games to assess cognitive changes in Parkinson's disease 
Eligibility: Individuals aged 18-85, diagnosed with Parkinson's disease or healthy controls. 

Caregiver Resilience and Coping Resources (York University, Toronto)

Study Name:
Caregiver Resilience and Coping Resources

Purpose of the Research
There is an increase in informal caregivers and a concern for their overall well-being. Informal caregivers are at increased risk of conditions that may negatively contribute to their overall health leading to caregiver burden. Therefore, the first aim of this study is to add to the knowledge of caregiver social support use by examining the relationship between caregivers' confidence, ability, and resilience when managing caregiving responsibilities and their attitude towards social supports.

The second aim is to better understand the concept of resilience in caregivers and to gain insight on how self-efficacy and language as a resource influences coping mechanism and resilience. Ultimately, the result of this research may help service providers improve supports and interventions to increase caregiver support resources such as personal skills and abilities and support networks.

To participate in this study

The approximate time it may take to complete the questionnaires is 30 minutes. *Note: Participants may have another person help them complete the questionnaires by reading questions or filling in participants' responses.

Participants have a chance to win one of five $10 Tim Hortons gift cards.

For more information, please contact
Joanna Cheung Kwan Leung: joanche8@my.yorku.ca
Tonino Iafrate: tonino8@my.yorku.ca

PD and Research of the Gut and Nose (University of British Columbia)

Parkinson's disease and the microbiome of the gut and nose

A new research interest of Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre (PPRC)

Researchers at the University of British Columbia are recruiting patients with typical PD and healthy controls, between the ages of 40-80, who are interested in participating in research in Parkinson's disease and the microbiome

Recent evidence suggests that a connection exists between the gut and the brain, and that certain conditions in the gut might be associated with neurological functioning and disease. Research suggests that people with Parkinson's differ from healthy controls with respect to the bacteria present in their gut (the gut microbiome), but further research is required to better understand the associations between the microbiome and Parkinson's disease.

Participation involves one study visit (2 hours) at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at University of British Columbia.

If you would like more information or you would like to participate in this study, please contact Ella Golz (Research Coordinator) at 604-827-1905.

Walking Aid Focus Group (BCIT)

Researchers at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) are conducting a study to get feedback on a novel walking aid. The information gathered in the focus group will be used to investigate the feasibility of the device and inform future revisions of the design.

To be eligible for this study, you must:

  • have a limitation that affects your ability to walk or stand.
  • have pain, fatigue, discomfort, OR a medical condition such as Fibromyalgia, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, Scleroderma, back or joint problems or other medical condition that affects your ability to walk or stand for a period of time.
  • currently use a cane, crutches, or a walker or have considered using assistive technology to help with your mobility or standing.
  • be able to walk 15 metres without the assistance of another person.
  • live independently in the community or in an Independent Living facility.
  • be able to effectively communicate in English.

If you are eligible and choose to participate, you will be required to attend a 90-minute session in which you will be asked to contribute to a focus group discussion related to mobility devices. You will be shown a demonstration of an existing device and invited to try it. The session will be held at the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation at the BCIT Burnaby Campus, located at 4355 Mathissi Place in Burnaby.

All enrolled persons will be paid $75 for their participation.

To learn more about this research or to sign up for the focus group, please contact:
Angie Wong
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Tel: 604.451.6934 | Email: angie_wong@bcit.ca

Home Tube Feeds (Fraser Health Authority)

The Fraser Health Authority is looking for adult volunteers to take part in a study of living with, or caring for, an adult on home tube feeds. You would be asked to:

  • Share your experiences of living with, or caring for, an adult on home tube feeds in a one-hour interview.

Your participation would involve 2 sessions: the first session will be a 60-minute interview; the second session will be a 30-minute phone call.

Download: Letter of Authorization to Conduct Research

In appreciation for your time, you will receive a $40 Amazon gift card.

For more information about this study, or to volunteer for this study, please contact:
Rebekah Sandhu Fraser Health Authority
604-514-6000 (Ext. 745319) or Email: rebekah.sandhu@fraserhealth.ca

This study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance by the Fraser Health Research Ethics Board.