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Current Active Studies:

Neural Consequences of Metabolic
Syndrome:

Adults, 40-60 years are invited to participate in MRI and cardiovascular health study

Your participation will be for a UT research study investigating the impact that metabolic
and cardiovascular health may have on cognition and brain health in adults 40-60 years
old. The study duration is approximately 7 hours over 2 visits. The study visits will
involve non-invasive measures of physical health (e.g. blood pressure, glucose and
cholesterol readings, aerobic fitness assessment), paper tests of cognition, and brain
imaging. You will receive the following information free of charge: 1) a copy of your
blood pressure, resting heart rate, blood cholesterol levels, glucose levels, and body fat
percentage 2) results from the measurements of arterial stiffness; 3) results from the
assessment of aerobic fitness, and 4) results of the cognitive tests. Disclaimer— these
results are gathered for research purposes only and should not take the place of a
medical examination

Study Duration: Two visits (each 3-4 hours)

Compensation: $75

What will be done if you take part in this research study? If you agree to participate
in this study and are eligible, you will be asked to complete two research visits scheduled
within one month. Each visit will last approximately three to four hours. During the first
study visit, you will be asked to go to the Cardiovascular Aging Lab at the Department
of Kinesiology at UT. During a separate study visit, images of your brain will be taken
using a Siemens 3.0 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner and you will
also be asked to complete a brief self-report of memory function and some paper- and-
pencil tests of attention, memory, visuospatial skills, and mood at the UT Department of
Psychology.

We are currently recruiting participants ages 40-60

Sign up for study or call the UT Clinical Neuroscience Lab at (512) 471-7926

Additional information for each study visit


Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Executive Function, and Attentional Bias:

Adults, 18-24 years old are invited to participate in the cognition and cardiovascular health study

Your participation will be for a UT research study investigating how cardiovascular risk factors may be related to higher cognitive processes (also known as “executive function”) and attention to visual images in adults 18-24 years of age. The study duration is approximately 2 hours and will be completed in one visit. The study visit will involve non-invasive measures of cardiovascular assessments (e.g. blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol readings), paper tests of cognition, and a visual assessment via eye-tracking. You will receive the following information free of charge:1) results from cardiovascular assessments 2) results of the cognitive tests. Disclaimer – these results are gathered for research purposes only and should not take the place of a medical or therapeutic diagnosis treatment.

Study Duration: One visit (2 hours)

Compensation:  If  you  are  a  Psychology  301  student,  you  willreceive 2 hours of credit towards your research requirement. Allother participants will receive $20.

We are currently recruiting:
Participants, ages 18-24
Overweight participants, ages 18-24
Participants with hypertension, ages 18-24

To sign up, email us at neurolab.utstudy@gmail.com with your name, e-mail, phone number, and a good time to call you.

Additional information for the two-hour study visit

Our Previous Research Studies:

High Blood Pressure and/or Diabetes Type II Study (closed for recruitment)

3 visits, 2 1/2 to 3 hours each, $125 compensation

We are studying the relationship between cardiovascular health and brain function. For example, how heart pumping efficiency, level of atherosclerosis in the blood vessels, and blood pressure affect your ability to think. All the tests are non-invasive, except for a single blood draw.  The cardiovascular tests involve ultrasound and are similar to what you would have done at a cardiologist's office.  Then, we do a visit when we ask you to complete several paper and pencil tests of attention, memory, visual-spatial functioning.  Finally, we ask you to come to the UT Imaging Research Center for a brain scan.  We look at brain structure and function using magnetic resonance imaging.  That involves no radiation;  it takes advantage of the natural properties of the body. You would be participating in a total of three tests across three different visits: one for cognitive testing in the SEA building on campus, one for the cardiovascular testing at the Belmont Stadium, and one for an MRI at the UT Imaging Research Center. Each visit will last approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Compensation is $125 total and will be paid upon completion of the entire study.

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Insulin and Brain Function in Alzheimer’s Disease Study (closed for recruitment)

What is the purpose of this study?

The results of recent studies suggest that people with memory impairment may have problems with the way in which their body uses blood sugar. These problems may be due in part to the way certain hormones, such as insulin, affect the body's ability to use sugar. In people with Alzheimer's disease, improvements in blood sugar regulation have been shown to improve the ability to remember new information. These findings are interesting because they provide some clues about what causes problems with memory, attention, and concentration in some people with Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders.

Some new findings indicate that insulin, when administered as a “nasal spray” into the nasal passages, improves memory in adults with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. The purpose of this study is to understand the mechanisms of insulin-mediated improvements in memory. Using insulin in this way is experimental and we do not know if it will be effective in helping to improve every individual’s memory. 

What will be done if you take part in this research study? If you agree to participate, and your agreement is endorsed by a family member or caregiver who has frequent contact with you, or your legal representative, you will be asked to complete a screening visit and, if eligible, four research-visits scheduled within two weeks of each other.  Each visit will last approximately two to three hours.

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Physical Fitness Study (closed for recruitment)

(Physical Fitness, Cardiovascular and Brain Health Study)

We are investigating the impact of physical fitness on cardiovascular and brain health. The study duration is approximately 9 hours over 3 to 4 study visits (each visit: 1-4 hours). The study visits will involve non-invasive measures of cardiovascular health (blood pressure, heart rate, ECG), paper tests of cognition, and brain imaging. Additional measures include items such as cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2 max), body composition (DEXA), and blood lipid & glucose profile. Compensation is $50 and will be paid upon study completion.

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Exercise Study (closed for recruitment)

If you are between 45-65 years and not currently involved in a regular exercise program/routine, but are interested in starting, this study may be for you! This study investigates the impact that exercise may have on cardiovascular and brain health. The study duration is approximately 16 weeks and involves a 12-week exercise program and a few assessment visits. The assessment visits will involve non-invasive measures of cardiovascular health (blood pressure, heart rate, ECG), paper tests of cognition, and brain imaging. Additional measures include items such as cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2 max), body composition (DEXA), and blood lipid & glucose profile both before and after the exercise program. Compensation is $100 and will be paid upon study completion.

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Relaxation Study (closed for recruitment)

Adults, 45-65 years, are invited to participate in a progressive muscle relaxation training program. Your participation will be for a UT research study investigating how relaxation training may benefit cardiovascular and brain health. The study duration is approximately 16 weeks and involves a 12-week relaxation program and a few assessment visits. The assessment visits will involve non-invasive measures of cardiovascular health (blood pressure, heart rate, ECG), paper tests of cognition, and brain imaging. Additional measures include items such as cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition (DEXA), and blood lipid & glucose profile both before and after the relaxation program. If you are interested, an aerobic exercise program will be designed for you and you will have the opportunity to complete three supervised exercise orientation visits after completion of the relaxation program and assessment visits.

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