PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH
This section is for potential or confirmed research subjects. Please see the FAQ below for answers to common questions.
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE IN A RESEARCH PROJECT AT CCN?
Please look at the section below for on-going studies to participate in research. Take note of the eligibility requirements for each individual study as they may vary. Reach out to any you are eligible for and a member of the research team will contact you.
WHAT IS AN MRI?
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and is the primary research tool used at the Staglin Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN). The MRI is a large and powerful magnet capable of taking high-resolution, noninvasive pictures of your brain using NO radiation.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
MRI has proven to be a safe, noninvasive imaging modality, with no associated long-term risks. The major safety concern of MRI research pertains to interactions with metal objects, either those brought into the magnet environment or implanted in research participants. It is crucial for your safety that you divulge all potential contraindications to your research team. This can include any metal implanted or lodged in your body from accidents or surgeries, permanent retainers and dental work, and any piercings that you have which might be difficult to remove.
WHAT IF I HAVE AN IMPLANT?
It is extremely important for your own safety that you provide your research team with all requested information regarding your medical history, particularly previous surgeries in which metal implants or devices may have been implanted. If you have an implant, your research team will ask for copies of medical documents or communication which explicitly states the implant or device information in order to complete a thorough safety review.
WHAT IS EEG?
EEG stands for Electroencephalogram, and is a safe, non-invasive method for capturing neuronal activity for both research and clinical applications. EEG uses many small nodes placed around the scalp to detect variations in the electrical activity of brain tissue. EEG can be collected alone or in conjunction with MRI acquisitions. Please navigate to the EEG page for more information.
WHAT IS LIFUP?
LIFUP stands for Low Intensity Focused Ultrasound, a safe, non-invasive research method to stimulate brain tissue for research and clinical applications. LIFUP can be used in standalone research or in collaboration with other imaging modalities, such as MRI, and utilizes the same basic technology found in clinical ultrasound imaging. Please navigate to the LIFUP page for more information.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
Each study has a unique set of requirements. This may include various levels of paperwork, multiple MRI sessions which could involve other imaging modalities such as EEG or ultrasound, and other cognitive or behavioral questionnaires. Your study team will lay out in detail all the steps necessary to complete your participation.