About Ear, Nose, and Throat
The ears, nose, and throat are often treated and studied together; a series of common pathways connect them, and some of their duties are related, such as speaking and hearing. Ears convert soundwaves in the air into electrical and chemical signals to the brain, and also help control balance. With each breath, the nose filters particulates out of the air and detects odors and scents. Air then passes through the throat, which contains the larynx, or voice box. The sensory function of these areas is valuable, but because of their sensitivity, they can become irritated or impaired easily: the nose and sinuses can become congested or infected; damage to ears can cause dizziness or a loss of hearing; and throat disorders disrupt speaking or swallowing. The common airways and passages between these organs can allow bacteria to move easily; an infection that starts in the sinuses could quickly travel to the throat or ears.
MyPaTH Story Booth 2.0
Interested in sharing your story about health, illness, or research? Patients and caregivers are needed to participate in a research study to help learn more about topics that are important to you and that may improve health and health care. Participation involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
MyPaTH Story Booth – COVID-19 Stories
Participants are invited to share how they are maintaining their health during the coronavirus pandemic, or to share what it is like being ill with COVID-19 and/or caring for a loved one who is ill with COVID-19. Participation in this research study involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
Movement Disorders Research Registry
Do you have a movement disorder? If so, you may be able to participate in the Movement Disorders Registry. This registry is a list of individuals who are interested in being contacted about future research studies.
Pepper Center Research Registry for Older Adults
Are you at least 60 years old? If so, you may be able to take part in the Pepper Center Research Registry to help researchers learn more about aging, mobility, and balance.
Brain Connections for Arm Movement after Stroke
Are you over 21 and have you had a stroke? You may be able to participate in a research study that hopes to learn how different brain areas control movement before and after stroke and when these brain areas are most sensitive to stimulation.
Neural Signatures of Auditory Aging (NSAA) Study
Are you between the ages of 18 and 55? You may be able to participate in a research study designed to look at how your ear and your brain work together to understand sounds. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are trying to figure out the causes of problems hearing speech in noise to identify markers of hearing difficulties so that they can test potential therapies in the future.
Brain Development Research Study – Ages 18-26
Are you a healthy 18-26 year old? You may be able to participate in a study to understand how our brain changes as we develop into adults. This study involves completing questionnaires, playing computer games, and undergoing brain and EEG scans. Compensation is provided.
Spinal Cord Stimulation for the treatment of motor deficits in people with Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Are you affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy? You may be able to participate in a research study using spinal cord stimulation (SCS), an approved clinical therapy for pain syndromes that do not respond to drugs. Unexpectedly, SCS has shown the ability to promote the recovery of leg motor function in people with complete motor paralysis in consequence of spinal cord injury years after injury.
All of Us Pennsylvania Research Program
You may be able to change the future of medicine. The All of Us PA Research Program is enrolling adults 18 years of age or older. This may be your chance to improve how your children and your children’s children receive medical care.
Loss of Smell after COVID Study – Ages 18-21
Have you lost your sense of smell? Could it be from COVID-19 infection? You may be able to participate in a study that is looking at the effects of smell retraining therapy for those who have lost their sense of smell due to COVID-19 infection. This study involves up to 4 visits over one year and being randomly assigned to one of two treatments for loss of smell.