About Healthy Aging
As the average life span increases, more and more adults are looking for ways to stay healthy as they age. Aging populations face several unique challenges to their mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing and researchers are searching for ways to meet those challenges. From studies investigating neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, to studies of mobility assistance and exercise, researchers want to work with seniors to promote healthier, happier lives in our communities.
Understanding Speech in Noisy Environments – Listeners Without Hearing Loss Needed!
Are you aged 18-90? If so, you may be able to participate in a study that is investigating the effects of hearing loss on the ability to process speech when there is competing background noise. Participants must not have any hearing difficulties. Participation will involve five 2-hour sessions. Compensation is provided.
NEMO Late-Life Depression Study for a Depressed Older Adult in Your Life
Is an older adult (ages 60 and up) in your life currently depressed? If so, he/she may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers learn more about how the brain functions during medication treatment for depression. Depressed participant must be a current Pitt+Me participant, or must be willing to join, and the depressed older adult has to answer the study screening questions.
Developing Educational Materials for Adults with Down Syndrome
Do you have Down syndrome or are you a caregiver for someone with Down syndrome? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help gather feedback about how people in the Down syndrome community feel about common research procedures. This study involves completing one online survey. Some participants may also be invited to participate in a phone interview. Compensation provided.
Knee Osteoarthritis Pain Study – Individuals without Knee Pain
Are you 60-80 years old and have no pain or injuries in your knee? You may be able to participate in a research study to help find out how the body responds to pain. This study involves one in-person visit that lasts about four hours. Compensation is provided
Women’s Biome Project – Recent Normal Mammogram
Are you a postmenopausal woman aged 55-64? Did you have a normal mammogram at a UPMC facility in the past three months? You may be able to participate in a research study to learn more about how the microbiome (the community of bacteria and microscopic organisms that live in our bodies) affects women’s health. Eligible participants have never been diagnosed with cancer. Compensation is provided.
Understanding Speech in Noisy Environments - Listeners Needed!
Are you 18-90 years old? You may be able to participate in a study to test your ability to process speech and other sounds in the presence of competing background noise. This study will take about 1 hour to complete. Compensation is provided.
Perceptions of Head and Neck Cancer in Pittsburgh
Do you identify as Black/African American? Do you reside in Pittsburgh or the surrounding areas? You may be able to participate in a study to receive information about head and neck cancer and additional relevant resources available in the community. Participation involves completing a brief survey, watching a video, and answering questions following the video. Compensation is provided.
V-safe User Experiences
Have you received a COVID-19 vaccine? You may be able to participate in a study to help find out about user experiences with the v-safe app. V-safe was designed to provide personalized health check-ins after receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine. This study involves completing a 10-minute online survey about your background, health conditions, and familiarity with post-vaccine monitoring systems.
Alzheimer's Pathways Sleep Study (ALPS)
Are you 65-85 years old and have trouble sleeping at night? You may be eligible for a study that examines how sleep impacts cognition and brain pathology involved in Alzheimer’s disease. The study involves 2 daytime and 2 overnight visits, including 1 PET scan (brain scan involving radiation), MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging), blood draws, and wearing an activity watch. Compensation provided.
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.
Cognitive Function Study for Healthy Volunteers
Are you a healthy adult man ages 40-75? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study that is examining the effects that chemoradiation for head and neck cancer has on patient cognition (ability to think). Researchers will compare this group of patients to healthy volunteers in the same age range. Involves 2 in-person visits scheduled 6 months apart. Compensation provided.
The PREVENTABLE Study
Are you age 75 or older? You may be able to participate in a research study to help find out if taking a statin drug may help older adults live well for longer by preventing dementia, disability, or heart disease. Participation in the study may last up to five years. Currently, all study visits will take place by videoconference and phone. Compensation is provided.
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.
Are you age 70 or older and currently exercise for less than one hour per week? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help find out if taking nitrite capsules can improve muscle health and help older adults become more active. Participation involves nine visits over four months. Compensation and parking pass provided.
Adult Functioning Scale Study – Caregivers
Are you the legal guardian of an adult diagnosed with Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, or Fragile X syndrome? You may be able to participate in a research study to help create a questionnaire that measures functioning in adults with developmental disorders. Participants will complete assessments. Compensation is provided.
FIT BOLD Research Study
Did you recover from depression in the past two years? Are you age 60 or older? You may be able to participate in a research study to help better understand how lifestyle modification affects the brain in recently depressed older adults. Participants will take part in one of two healthy lifestyle programs, each facilitated by a personal coach. Compensation and travel reimbursement is provided.
PROTECT Study – People without Depression
Are you 50-90 years old and have never been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, such as depression or anxiety? You may be able to participate in a study to help understand why some people become depressed and have thoughts of hurting themselves, while others do not. Participation involves interviews, questionnaires, and computer games. Compensation is provided.
UCSUR Research Registry
The University Center for Social & Urban Research (UCSUR) conducts academic surveys and studies with local residents. Join UCSUR’s Registry to be added to a list of potential participants for medical and non-medical research studies, including studies about quality of life, community issues, current events, etc. Your unique perspective is important!
MyPaTH Story Booth – COVID-19 Vaccine Stories
Have you thought about being vaccinated for COVID-19 or have you already received your COVID-19 vaccine? Are you interested in sharing your experience? You may be able to participate in a study to help learn more about COVID-19 vaccination experiences. This study involves 1 phone call lasting 45 minutes.
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.
HIV Prevention Research Registry
Are you interested in learning about HIV prevention research studies taking place at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC? If so, you can join the HIV Prevention Research Registry. HIV prevention registry members may be contacted by registry staff members about studies for which they appear to qualify. Eligible participants are ages 18 and older.
Early Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Study – Normal Vision
Do you have normal vision? Are you 18-80 years old? You may be able to participate in a research study to help better understand the difference between normal eye aging and eye disease. This study involves providing a health history, undergoing an eye exam and optional blood draw, and having your eyes imaged. Compensation is provided.
The Rembrandt Study
Were you recently treated for depression and experienced an improvement in your symptoms? Are you aged 60 or older? You may be able to participate in a research study to help better understand why some people experience a return of depression after successful treatment and others do not. Participation includes MRI scanning, memory testing, and other assessments. Compensation is provided.
Are you age 30 or older? You may be able to participate in an at-home study of muscle training to investigate the effect of muscle strengthening on bone, sleep, and quality of life. This study involves 3 in-person visits to the Duquesne University campus and daily muscle training (15 minutes) over 6 months. Eligible participants must have no condition that would limit their ability to exercise.
Senior Moments Study – Healthy Volunteers Needed!
Do you experience occasional “senior moments” with your memory? Are you an African American man or woman who is at least 60 years old? Do you have a family member or close friend who can accompany you on study visits? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help identify memory problems at the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
15104 Seniors Project
Are you or someone you know aged 65 or older and live in the 15104 ZIP code? Learn about a research project that is studying healthy aging and what factors allow people to preserve their ability to think, remember, and solve problems over time. This study involves a yearly interview of up to 3 ½ hours for up to 5 years. Compensation and small gift provided.
Do you plan on receiving a COVID-19 vaccine? You may be able to participate in a study to help determine the effect of the vaccine on autoimmune disease. This study involves 4 visits over 6 months. Eligible participants must not be diagnosed with any autoimmune disorder.
Immunotherapy Study – Healthy Females Ages 18 and Up
Are you a healthy adult female who has delivered at least one child? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study to help develop a new immunotherapy. Participants will provide a saliva sample and may be asked to provide a blood sample. Your child or the father of your child will also be asked to provide a saliva sample. Compensation provided.
COVID-19 Vaccine Multiple Sclerosis Survey Study - Participants with and without MS
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are seeking adults with and without a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis or other neuroinflammatory disease for a survey study to help understand your feelings about the COVID-19 vaccine. Participants in this research study may or may not have already received the COVID-19 vaccine. Participation involves completing multiple surveys over one year
REACT!: The Rhythm Experience and Africana Culture Trial II
Are you an African American male or female aged 60-80? Are you interested in attending classes on African dance or Africana culture? You may be able to take part in a research study to find out if participating in these classes improves how you think, feel or function in your day-to-day life. Involves one-hour classes, three days a week, for six months. Compensation provided.
Are you age 60 or older? Did your spouse or partner pass away in the past 12 months? You may be able to participate in a research study to help learn more about health behaviors and mood in bereaved older adults. This study involves 7 visits (online or by phone) over 15 months and includes recording daily activity, mood, diet, and sleep behaviors for 12 weeks. Compensation is provided.
Research Attitudes in Alzheimer’s Disease
Are you ages 50-70? Have you taken a commercial genetic test, such as 23andMe®? Have results from that test shown that you have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease? If so, you may be able to participate in a study to help determine your interest in participating in Alzheimer’s disease research studies. This study involves completing a questionnaire over the phone.
COVID-19 and Multiple Sclerosis Survey Study – Participants with and without MS
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are seeking participants with and without a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis for a survey study to help better understand the risk and impact of COVID-19. Participation in this research study involves completing multiple surveys online over the course of one year.
ForAging: Facilitating Optimal Routines in Aging
Are you age 60 or older and do you have difficulty managing daily tasks such as shopping, paying bills, managing medications, etc.? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study to help find out if regular sessions with a rehabilitation specialist can help older adults improve their performance of daily activities. Compensation is provided.