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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

UW Nature Experience Study

The overall purpose of the research is to learn more about how various stimuli affect our physiological, cognitive and psychological responses. We are looking at the impacts of forest air on human health and well-being. Eligible participants will take part in two sessions in the…

Medical crowdfunding experiences

We want to know more about why people donate to medical crowdfunding campaigns, and how they decide which campaigns to donate to. Medical crowdfunding is a method for raising money for health needs by asking for small donations from many people on sites like GoFundMe….

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…

Real-World Listening by Autistic Children

Researchers at the UW Bloedel Hearing Research Center want to learn about how the brain helps us listen in noisy real-world environments. This study is for 7 to 10-year-old children and parents. If you decide to participate in this research study, you and your child…

Real-World Listening for Children Who Wear Hearing Aids

Researchers at the UW Bloedel Hearing Research Center want to learn about how the brain helps us listen in noisy real-world environments. This study is for 4 to 18-year-old children and parents. If you decide to participate in this research study, you and your child...

Enhancing ENERGY in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) often have problems with fatigue. For some people, fatigue is their most debilitating symptom of MS. Yet, many of the available treatments provide inadequate relief for fatigue. Past research has found that training in self-hypnosis is linked to reduced fatigue…

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…

Trailblazer AACI

To assess the effect of donanemab versus placebo on clinical progression in participants with early symptomatic AD with demonstrated presence of tau pathology To assess the effect of donanemab versus placebo on clinical progression of participants with early symptomatic AD To assess the effect of…

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…

CARR Study (COVID-Associated Risk and Resilience)

Researchers at Seattle Children’s want to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on the emotional health of children and teens. This research study is for kids and parents. If you decide to take part in the research study, you and your child would: • Fill…

Brain Activation and Satiety in Children 2 (BASIC2) Study

BASIC2 is studying ways to help overweight kids and their parents reach and maintain a healthy weight. This longitudinal study is trying to learn if the study medicine combined with family-based treatment helps kids better manage their weight. You and your child would attend free…

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…

BEAM Study (Brain Effects on Appetite and Metabolism Study)

BEAM study is a longitudinal study that is trying to learn more about the role the brain plays in appetite and body weight changes in children. We are recruiting healthy children who are willing to participate in the study activities. All participants will have one…

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…

IDEA Study

Aging with Pride: IDEA is recruiting adults aged 50 and older with memory loss or other dementia symptoms and their care partners. Either the person with memory loss and/or the care partner needs to be LGBTQ. The participant with memory loss and their care partner…

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…

Pregnancy and Infant Health

University of Washington researchers, led by Drs. Natalia Kleinhans and Stephen Dager, are recruiting pregnant participants who have not used marijuana during their first trimester and those who have used marijuana during their first trimester for a new study of prenatal development. Participants are not...

WEB Study (Weight Effects on Brain Health Study)

WEB study is a longitudinal study that will examine changes that may occur in the brain following obesity treatment. We are currently recruiting: People who are eligible to participate in the behavioral weight loss intervention (BMI greater than 30, determined by phone screen) People planning…

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….

Meal and Memory Study

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…

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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