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All of our Department of Psychiatry researchers are motivated by the desire to help individuals dealing with depression and other mood disorders.  We are driven by new ways to understand, identify and treat depression. It is this desire to work with people that fuels our passion and it is people who fuel our research.   

Whether you’re an individual who has experienced depression or other mood disorders, or an individual who is touched by the plight of those who have dealt with depression there are ways for you to help. 

What should you know about participating in research:

Before any of our doctors can reach out to the public to ask for your time, effort participation, or images of your brain, they first must have their research approved by an Internal Review Board  (IRB) which is overseen by the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS).  This OPRS is tasked with one goal: ensuring the safety of anyone who might be a part of the research project.  While no study is 100% free from risk, the IRB monitors that any potential risks are minimized and that the benefits of the research outweigh the potential risks. 

For research participants, the benefits are not often easily or quickly identified.  Depending on the research, some individuals may receive free or low-cost treatment for their mood disorder, others simply appreciate knowing that they’ve contributed to the ‘big picture’ of depression.  Some people learn more about their disorder and how to cope with it, while others enjoy being a part of innovative, cutting edge scientific research.  No matter the individual’s experience, our researchers cannot say enough Thank You’s to those who contribute.

  

Below are the list of our current research studies that you can participate.

We are currently recruiting participants for a study of mental health self-directed care in the Jacksonville-Daytona, Florida area. For information, contact Katie Kessler or Sarah Davidson at Lutheran Services Florida (813-875-1408).

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We are currently recruiting participants for a study of a new weight management program for people with mental health challenges in Chicago, Illinois. For information, contact Marie Hamilton (312-413-0371) at UIC.

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We are currently recruiting participants for an evaluation of supported employment services for people with psychiatric disabilities in Chicago, Illinois. For information, contact Pam Steigman (312-413-80) at UIC.

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We’re getting ready to start recruiting participants for a study of successful discharge from the hospital following treatment for a medical condition in Chicago, Illinois. Check back soon for the start of recruitment.

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In the coming year, we’ll be recruiting participants for a study of career financial accounts that are accessible to vocational rehabilitation clients in Chicago, Illinois. Check back in early 2018 for the start of recruitment.

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Dr. Katie Burkhouse (Ph.D.) at The University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study on mothers and their daughters. In this study, we are looking at brain responses to emotional information among mothers and their daughters. The study hopes to learn how mothers’ and their daughter’s moods can affect each other.

You may be eligible if you:
1. Are 18-65 years old and female.
2. Have a biological daughter who is between 12 and 16 years of age.

If you are eligible and agree to participate you and your daughter will undergo:
1. Psychiatric Interviews.
2. Electroencephalogram (EEG) assessment to non-invasively measure brain function.
3. Functional MRI scans to non-invasively measure brain function.
4. Survey responses on a cell phone app for a period of 10 days (daughter only).
5. A packet of questionnaires every 6 months over a period of 18 months.

Interested volunteers should have no metal parts in their body and no major medical or neurological illness.
Volunteers taking certain medications that affect the brain may not qualify for the study. Participants should not be pregnant or trying to become pregnant. This study involves a time commitment of approximately 10-11 hours over a total of 2-3 visits.

Families will be compensated up to $279 for their time. All information you give is confidential.

Please call or email for more information:
CALL: 312-413-4470
EMAIL: motherdaughter@uic.edu
ONLINE SURVEY: https://is.gd/MADSsurvey
Please specify that you are calling about the Mother-Daughter Study.

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  • Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Dr. Pauline Maki, Ph.D. at the University of Illinois Chicago, with Dr. David Walega, MD, MSCI at Northwestern Medicine, is conducting a research study to investigate hot flashes.

You may be eligible if you are:
1.    Female
2.    Aged 40-65 years old
3.    Have moderate to severe hot flashes

If you decide to participate you will be asked to:
1.    Come for 5 visits over 7 months at Northwestern Medicine in downtown Chicago
2.    Maintain a hot flash diary for 7 months
3.    Complete quality of life questionnaires
4.    Receive a non-hormonal intervention utilizing a numbing injection

Participants will be paid for their participation.

Interested or have questions? Please call 312-472-6754.

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UIC IRB #2016-1264
Northwestern IRB #: STU00203490

 

Category Expiration Date
  • Thursday, March 31, 2022

Dr. Olusola Ajilore (M.D/Ph.D.) at The University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study looking at the effect of thyroid hormone on brain structure.
 
You may be eligible if you:
1.    Are 21-60
2.    Have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and/or have recently been prescribed levothyroxine.
 
If you are eligible and agree to participate you will undergo Cognitive Testing Questionnaires Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Scans

Interested volunteers should have no history of depression. This study involves a time commitment of approximately 3 hours per visit. Visits will include a baseline, 3-month follow-up, and 6-month follow-up. Volunteers will be compensated for their time. All information you give is confidential.
 
Please complete our survey, call, or email for more information.
SURVEY: https://is.gd/UICthyroidstudy
CALL: 312-996-0711
EMAIL:  ajilorelab@uic.edu


Please specify that you are calling about the Thyroid Study.
 
IRB# 2016-0678

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  • Friday, November 08, 2019

Dr. Heide Klumpp, Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study to investigate brain response and task performance during cognitive tasks.

You may be eligible if you are:

  1. Female and 18-70 years old
  2. Recently diagnosed with breast cancer
  3. Have not started treatment for breast cancer
  4. Will be receiving chemotherapy and/or hormone treatment

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to:

  1. Complete a clinical interview that includes cognitive function and mood
  2. 4 sessions with electroencephalography (EEG) to non-invasively measure brain function

Participants will be paid for their participation.

This study involves a time commitment of approximately 12.5 hours over a total of 5 visits, over a 6-month period.  Participation will not impact any services or treatment that you receive at UIC.  All information you give is confidential.

Interested or have questions?  Please call (312) 996-8624 or e-mail: survivorship@uic.edu 
Please mention ‘EEG study’ in your voicemail or e-mail.

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UIC IRB#2018-1212
 

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  • Sunday, November 15, 2020

Dr. Heide Klumpp, Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study to investigate mechanisms of talk therapy for depression.

You may be eligible if you are:

  1. Feeling down, depressed, or overwhelmed
  2. Interested in psychotherapy (talk therapy)
  3. 18 to 65 years old 
  4. Not currently taking psychotropic (e.g., antidepressant) medication

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to:

  1. Complete a psychiatric interview
  2. Three functional MRI scans to non-invasively measure brain function
  3. Three sessions with electroencephalography (EEG) to non-invasively measure brain function
  4. Twelve weeks of standard treatment with talk therapy called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) OR twelve weeks of Supportive Therapy

Participants will be paid for their participation.

The total time that you will be involved in this study is 22 visits. 21 of the 22 visits will occur during a 15-week period. You will also be asked to complete questionnaires at a 6-month follow up visit. You are expected to be in the study for about 35 hours. All information you give is confidential.

Interested or have questions?  Please call (888) 686-5591 or e-mail: emotion@uic.edu
Online survey: https://is.gd/CBTSTsurvey

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UIC IRB#2017-0258
 

Category Expiration Date
  • Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The UIC Department of Psychiatry is looking for subjects with bothersome anxiety, worry and/or depressed mood for a UIC research study on the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation on controlling emotions.

You may be eligible if you:

  1. Are 18-64 
  2. Have significant anxiety, worry and/or depressed mood

If you are eligible and agree to participate you may undergo: 

  • Clinical Interview 
  • Questionnaires 
  • Non-invasive brain stimulation 
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) to record brain activity

Subjects will be compensated for their participation. Volunteers must be US citizens or permanent residents. Total time commitment is up to 5 hours.

Please call or email for more information 
CALL: (312) 413-9260 
EMAIL: ajilorelab@uic.edu
PI: Olusola Ajilore (M.D/Ph.D.)
IRB# 2017-0295

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IRB# 2017-0295

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