Brain & Nervous System

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

  • The University of Washington is conducting a research study called the Estia Study to see if playing “brain games” can improve mood, memory, and concentration in adults between 45 and 75 years of age who have symptoms of depression. If you qualify for this study,......

  • WEB study is a longitudinal study that will examine changes that may occur in the brain following obesity treatment. We are recruiting three groups of participants: 1. Healthy weight controls group 2. Behavioral weight loss group 3. Roux-En-Y gastric bypass group (surgery is not part......

  • The purpose of this study is to see if Veterans with a history of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI; also known as concussion) who currently use cannabis at least once per week have differences in their cognitive and emotional functioning compared to Veterans with a......

  • We want to find ways to learn more about how brain networks work together, and how this changes during development. There will be 3 study visits. The first two visits involve the child and a parent or guardian meeting with a child psychiatrist to discuss......

  • 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. The purpose of our research is to better......

  • Chronic pain is one of the most prevalent and disturbing symptoms associated with MS. The purpose of this study is to compare non-drug treatments to manage pain via videoconference. Participant Eligibility -MS Diagnosis -18 years or older -Has chronic pain Contact ADAPT Study (855) 320-8230...

  • Sham-controlled, multi-center and remote patient-centered randomized controlled clinical trial to investigate the efficacy of a novel non-invasive, unobtrusive study device in reducing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Daily wear of the study device is expected to significantly reduce symptom severity (evaluated by the Boston......

  • Chronic pain is one of the most prevalent and disturbing symptoms associated with MS. The purpose of this study is to compare non-drug treatments to manage pain via video conference. Participant Eligibility -Currently diagnosed with MS -Experience chronic pain -18 years or older -able to......

  • Human interaction with the physical world is increasingly mediated by automation – planes assist pilots, robots assist surgeons, and cars assist drivers. Automation is introduced in such systems to assist the human and improve performance. However, performance improvement is not guaranteed, since the human may......

  • The purpose of the study is to learn more about the development of gestational diabetes. Participant Eligibility Pregnant with singleton Aged 18-40 Plan to deliver at UW No history of bariatric surgery Able to have MRI No anti-glycemic medications Contact Suchi Chandrasekaran, MD (206) 670-1268...

  • The Motor Speech and Cognitive Disorders Laboratory at the University of Washington is currently seeking volunteers with Parkinson’s disease. Our study will examine speech changes and how these changes relate to the motor characteristics of Parkinson’s disease. Participant Eligibility Age 50-85 Native speaker of American English No......

  • 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.......

  • In research done in animals, scientists have discovered that certain diets, especially those high in fat, cause not only weight gain but changes in the brain. These changes occur in the area of the brain that regulates body weight and fat stores as well as......

  • We are learning more and more about the risks for Alzheimer’s disease every year, and that includes learning what foods are best at promoting brain health. It might be more complicated than ‘this food is good or bad.’ Dr. Angela Hanson, a geriatric physician at......

  • 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......

  • Enroll-HD is a longitudinal, observational, multinational study that will integrate two existing Huntington’s Disease (HD) registries, REGISTRY in Europe and COHORT in North America and Australia, while also expanding to include sites in Latin America and Asia. With no end date and annual assessments, the......

  • This protocol includes studies of the control and coordination of speech production. Various hypotheses are being investigated 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 of recording the......



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