Inflammation in Mood Disorders

Inflammatory Effects in Cognition and Neural Function in MDD

Dr. Scott Langenecker from UIC is currently recruiting for an inflammation research study (IRB # 2014-0931).  Individuals between the ages of 18-30, both those with and without past experiences of negative mood disorders like depression, bipolar disorder and other disorders are encouraged to participate.  Some medications may be okay (e.g. antidepressants and hormonal birth control) while others may not (e.g. antipsychotics). NO medication or therapy will be provided to either participant group and the study is purely observational.

The study can be completed in 1-2 months and involves:

  1. a clinical interview
  2. a brief parent, guardian, spouse or sibling phone interview
  3. a physical assessment involving a blood draw for genetics and inflammatory markers, a urine drug/pregnancy (females) test, and a breathalyzer alcohol test.
  4. at least one set of cognitive testing
  5. at least one functional MRI

All visits (other than the parent, guardian, spouse or sibling interview) take place on UIC's west campus.

Monetary compensation is provided based upon number of visits completed Please call or email if you would like to hear more about the study or if you are interested in participating.

Please contact Kristy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (312) 996-5965.


 Adolescent Substance Abuse Study

This is a paid fMRI and Neurocognitive Study in Adolescents at UIC Medical Center

  • This study examins cognitive performance and brain functioning during cognitive tasks using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), in adolescents with adolescent bipolar disorder, cannabis use and healthy adolescents.
  • We are recruiting 14- 18 years old PARTICIPANTS as follows:
    1. Adolescents with a diagnosis of adolescent bipolar disorder (ABD), Type I or II and also with significant cannabis Use.
    2. Adolescents with Significant Cannabis Use.
    3. Healthy adolescents.
  • Participants should have no braces or metal implants in their body, should have normal vision or glasses, and should not be claustrophobic, color blind, or pregnant.
  • Participation will involve: 1 Hour of fMRI scanning during cognitive task performance, and 2-3 hours of clinical assessment and laboratory testing on computerized tasks. It might take a total of 4 hours. The MRI test will be done in an enclosed space; therefore, adolescents with Claustrophobia who are afraid of closed spaces cannot participate in the study.
  • Participants are paid $60 for a session lasting 4 hours. There are bonuses related to your performance on the tests that may add up to $5.

For questions and information please contact Dr A. Passarotti, PHD

E mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

phone: 312-355-0109

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Our MINDS research study is currently recruiting individuals between the ages of 17-23. We are looking for women without a history of depression and men with a history of depression. Participants cannot be on any depression or anxiety medications, but hormonal both control is alright. MINDS is a year long and involves the following visits:


  • A clinical interview lasting up to 4 hours.
  • A physical assessment involving a blood draw for genetics and urine drug/pregnancy screen.
  • Two sets of 3-hour long cognitive testing
  • Two sets of 3-hour long MRIs
  • A parent/guardian phone interview
  • Bimonthly questionnaires via the mail
  • A final phone interview at one year


Compensation will be provided based on study visits completed.

If this sounds like something you are interested in participating in or would just like to hear more about, please contact Laura at (312) 413-4584 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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