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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

  • 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......

  • Washington State University’s Sleep and Performance Research Center is recruiting participants for an at-home sleep monitoring study. The study is seeking normal sleepers or insomniacs, who are 18-65 years old and have access to an iPhone for daily use. All study-related equipment will be provided.......

  • 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......

  • What if we could detect whether or not you’re getting sick just from information you already collect on your smartphone? The University of Washington is recruiting 25,000 volunteers age 19 and older to help us see if information from your smartphone can help us detect......

  • 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......

  • This protocol includes studies investigating the mechanisms involved in the integration of sensory information and central motor commands for the control of speech. Various hypotheses are being investigated with the common aim of improving our understanding of the processes and mechanisms underlying normal and disordered......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • University of Washington researchers, led by Natalia Kleinhans, 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 required to use marijuana......

  • 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 currently recruiting people who are eligible to participate in the behavioral weight loss intervention (BMI greater than 30, determined by phone screen). All participants......

  • 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......

  • 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...

  • 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.......

  • 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......

  • 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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