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Brain & Nervous System

Participate in Research is designed to connect potential volunteers with open research studies. We are looking for volunteers just like you to help answer important questions about the brain and nervous system. This page lists brain and nervous system studies that may apply to you or someone you know. If you find a study that you’d like to participate in, you can contact the study team with questions or to volunteer. Join us to improve the health of others.

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UW Medicine Regional Epilepsy Center
UW Medicine

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​At the UW Medicine Regional Epilepsy Center, based at Harborview Medical Center, teams of specialists in adult and pediatric neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology and neuropsychology, as well as nurses, social workers, vocational rehabilitation specialists and electrodiagnostic technicians, diagnose and treat difficult seizure problems.

UW Medicine Neurological Surgery
UW Medicine

​​​​The UW Medicine Neurological Surgery team is dedicated to improving lives by providing expert patient care and advanced treatment of conditions of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves.

UW Medicine Neurology
UW Medicine

​​​The UW Medicine Neurology team is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of patients with neurological issues such as epilepsy, stroke, movement disorders, memory disorders and dementia, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular diseases, neuro-oncology, sleep disorders, and pediatric neurology.

UW Medicine Neurosciences Institute
UW Medicine

​​​​The UW Medicine Neurosciences Institute is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary consortium that diagnoses and treats complex conditions of the brain, spine, and central nervous system.

UW Medicine Stroke Center
UW Medicine

The UW Medicine Stroke Center at Harborview Medical Center is dedicated to the highest quality comprehensive care of stroke patients from diagnosis to rehabilitation.

Active Studies

CHARTER Plus

We are conducting the study to learn more about the physical and mental effects of infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), aging, substance use and the possible effects of antiretroviral medications (ARVs). Participation in the study may or may not benefit you directly, but may…

FIS (Food Image Study)

The Food Image Study is trying to learn how the brain responds to different images of food and whether it differs by weight group. We are recruiting healthy adults who are willing to participate in the study activities. All participants will have one screening phone…

Hospice Brain Map Study

Help solve the mysteries of the brain. Help us discover future treatments for brain injury and disease. We still do not fully understand how the human brain works. Much of how our brains function and how the parts are organized remains a mystery. Brains are…

Cannabis Use and Brain development Study (CUBS)

The purpose of the CUB Study is to improve our understanding of brain development in infants whose mothers used cannabis during pregnancy and in those whose mothers did not. Although cannabis use has increased among pregnant and non-pregnant people nationwide, there is still limited and…

BEAM

The Murray Lab is looking for participants aged 18-30 for the Brain Engagement Attention and Modeling (BEAM) study exploring how the brain’s visual system processes motion. Participants will complete online structured interviews and around 4 sessions of computer, behavioral, and MRI experiments involving visual stimuli…

ADAPT Study

ADAPT study hopes to learn if body and brain changes can predict why weight loss stops. This study requires in-person and remote visits over 18 months at UW South Lake Union and Fred Hutchinson.1. Screening visit in-person: ~2 hours at UW SLU*remote tasks leading up…

Vestibular Function in Parkinson Disease

We are conducting this study because people with Parkinson disease (PD) often develop symptoms that medications used to treat PD do not fully resolve. This may be because the vestibular system (part of the inner ear that senses head motion) is affected in people with…

Brain Imaging to Understand Memory Concerns

The purpose of this study is to use brain imaging to understand the changes in the brain that may be responsible for memory problems in old age and associated disorders. Your participation will contribute to scientific research that may help us understand more accurate ways…

Mobile Intervention to Support Mediterranean Diet (MedD) for Persons with Memory Loss

We are the study team from the University of Washington School of Nursing inviting you to join our research project. We are seeking participants interested in joining our upcoming study aimed at helping people aged 65 and older with changes in memory to eat healthier….

Understanding How Aging Affects Speech

This protocol includes studies on how aging affects the control and coordination of speech production. Various hypotheses are being investigated in our laboratory with the common aim of improving our understanding of the processes and mechanisms underlying normal and disordered speech. The common procedure across…

Early dementia / mild cognitive impairment and changes in how you communicate

The University of Washington SPEAC Lab is inviting individuals who have experienced changes in their thinking and memory; and have been diagnosed with, or are concerned about Mild Cognitive Impairment or early-stage dementia. This study involves answering survey questions about their experiences communicating with other…

Spasmodic Dysphonia (laryngeal dystonia) and Voice Changes

The University of Washington SPEAC Lab is inviting individuals who have been diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia (also known as laryngeal dystonia) to answer survey questions about their communication experiences. We ask participants to nominate at least one family member, friend, or coworker to also answer…

Parkinson’s disease and speech changes

The University of Washington SPEAC Lab is inviting individuals who have experienced changes to their speech and/or voice due to Parkinson’s disease to answer survey questions about their communication experiences. We ask participants to nominate at least one family member, friend, or coworker to also…

Usability and Feasibility Testing for Mobile Cognitive Aid

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the usability and feasibility of a novel tablet/phone application (IndiAide) for use with individuals with mild cognitive impairment due to Parkinson’s Disease. The application assists with day-to-day functions such as medication management, appointment keeping, photos and videos,…

Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (PDPN) Study

The EN 21-01 study is testing a new investigational medication, called NRD135S.E1, to see if it is helpful and safe for patients with painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy. NRD135S.E1 showed a decrease in pain after 3 weeks of study treatment when compared to a placebo in…

WYE Study

The main question the WYE study is exploring: Does the brain change after short term diet changes and can MRI detect these changes?Participants will have an in-person screening visit (about 2 hours), then 5 in-person study visits at UW SLU in the morning over a…

ABC-CT CS

This is a multicenter longitudinal study that aims to validate a set of measures that were previously identified as promising candidate biomarkers and/or sensitive and reliable objective measures of social function in ASD for potential use in clinical trials. The confirmation study will repeat the…

SPARK: Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge Study

SPARK is a free, online study with a simple mission: to speed up research and advance the understanding of autism. SPARK study is now the largest autism research study in the world, with over 275,000 study participants. An important part of SPARK is the collection of…

Essential Tremor study

The primary objective of this study is to assess the efficacy of botulinum toxin injections to the upper limb muscles for essential tremor. In the first part of the study, only one arm will be injected with either botulinum toxin or placebo and then followed…

AVP-786 Agitation

To evaluate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of AVP-786 compared to placebo, for the treatment of agitation in patients with dementia of the Alzheimer's type To evaluate the effects of AVP-786 compared to placebo on neuropsychiatric symptoms To evaluate the effects of AVP-786 compared to…

LIFT AD

To evaluate the clinical efficacy of ATH-1017 To determine the safety and tolerability of ATH-1017 To evaluate the clinical efficacy of ATH-1017 separately on: (1) cognition and (2) clinical global impression of change To evaluate the effect of ATH-1017 on activities of daily living To…

Metformin in Alzheimer’s dementia Prevention (MAP)

The purpose of this study is to understand whether metformin (Glucophage® XR), a medication used for diabetes treatment and prevention, can prevent a decline in memory and thinking abilities for people who are already having mild memory problems. At the first study visit you would have…

Partially Remote Cognition and Learning Study

The Cognition and Cortical Dynamics Laboratory at the University of Washington is recruiting healthy English-Chinese bilingual participants for a study that occurs over 7 weeks where individuals will be tested on a battery of language and cognitive measures, followed by 6 weeks of computer programming…

Contribute to advancing brain health. Help dementia patients. Learn more about your own health

The purpose of this pilot study is to record the daily human activities, and to develop predictive models of physical activity. We hope this study will enable researchers to test and validate new technologies that may subsequently be used to study and inform researchers and…

Short-Burst Interval Treadmill Training Cerebral Palsy

Ambulatory children with cerebral palsy (CP) walk predominately in low intensity stride rates with little variability, thus limiting their walking activity and ability to participate in daily life. In contrast, typically developing (TD) children engage in short bursts of intense walking activity interspersed with varying…

Seattle Children’s Power Training study for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Ambulatory children with cerebral palsy (CP) experience walking limitations which negatively influence their ability to physically participate in day to day life. The investigators propose that impaired muscle power generation is the key limiting factor affecting walking activity and participation. This proposal represents a combined…

Seattle Children’s Orthotic Study for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Ambulatory children with cerebral palsy (CP) demonstrate altered lower limb biomechanical alignment in walking (e.g. excessive hip/knee flexion or equinus during stance) and experience walking activity limitations that negatively influence their ability to participate in day to day life. Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO) are a…

Brain Development in Hard of Hearing Infants

The University of Washington Institute for Language and Brain Sciences is recruiting hard of hearing infants between 2 and 12 months of age who have a mild-to-moderate hearing loss. This study looks at the effects of hearing loss on early brain development and learning. The…

Infant Brain Imaging Study – Brain Development in Down Syndrome (IBIS)

The Infant Brain Imaging Study, or IBIS, is a research study of brain development in infants and children. The IBIS Network is a consortium of researchers across North America, including the University of Washington, that work together to discover early changes in brain development of…

Infant Brain Imaging Study – Brain Development in Autism (IBIS)

The Infant Brain Imaging Study, or IBIS, is a research study of brain development in infants and children with autism. The IBIS Network is a consortium of researchers across North America, including the University of Washington Autism Center, that work together to discover early changes…

PLOT Study – Profiling Language Learning Over Time

Our team is the NeuDLL (Neurodevelopmental Disorders Language & Learning) Lab in the UW Speech & Hearing Department. We are seeking families to participate in research related to spoken language in children with and without developmental disorders. Our current study focuses on how children learn…

MRI-based biomarkers for ALS

The purpose of this study is to identify possible brain or spinal cord differences in participants with ALS compared to participants without ALS. Research shows that 90 to 95 percent of ALS cases occur at random, with only 5-10 percent of ALS cases being inherited….

GET (Graduated Exercise Training) Smart Study

The GET Smart study is looking at whether exercise has an impact on cognition in people with MS. Researchers at the University of Washington are studying exercise because other studies have shown that exercise can help cognition in other non-MS populations. However, currently we do…

Understanding Speech Production

This protocol includes studies of the control and coordination of speech production. Various hypotheses are being investigated in our laboratory with the common aim of improving our understanding of the processes and mechanisms underlying normal and disordered speech. The common procedure across these studies consists…

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