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.
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.
The Rembrandt Study – Adults with No Mental Health Disorders
Are you aged 60 or older and have no past or present mental health disorders? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help better understand why some people experience repeated episodes of depression later in life. Participation involves MRI scanning, memory testing, and other assessments. Compensation is provided.
Were you previously diagnosed with COVID-19, and have interest in research? Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are conducting a research study that will enroll patients with and without persistent symptoms after COVID-19. This is a registry study or registry bank. The goal of this study is to help us understand the symptoms that patients get and what may be causing them.
The Reading Brain Project – Healthy 18-40 year olds that struggle with reading
Do you struggle with reading? Are you a healthy 18-40 year old? You may be able to participate in a study to better understand how different areas of your brain are important for reading. Eligible participants must be right-handed and willing to commit to coming in for study procedures on several different days. This study involves MRI scanning. Compensation is provided.
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.
Causes of Inflammation Study - Ages 65 and over
Are you an older individual at least 65 years of age who DOES NOT have any inflammatory diseases, thyroid disease, kidney disease, chronic pancreatitis, severe eating disorder, or cancer and who does not take any immunomodulating drugs? You may be able to participate in a research study looking at how people’s bodies respond to interventions which may cause inflammation.
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.
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.
Combining Obesity, NAFLD, and Diabetes Management Study through Integrated Treatment Pathways (CONDUIT)
Are you over 18 with presence of a problem closely associated with NAFLD non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: Including: Coronary artery disease and/or stroke, type 2 diabetes mellitus, Obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), obesity (BMI greater than 30 kg/m2 ), gout, and/or polycystic ovary syndrome?
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.
Evaluation of the Health App Review Tool (HART)
You may be able to participate in a research study that will contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the area of digital health support for the Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia community.
Familial Pathways Study (FamPath): The Role of Inflammation and Stress in Youth Suicidal Behavior
Are you 18-30 years old and have a history of depression or a mood disorder diagnosis? You may be eligible to participate in a study to learn more about the role of biological markers of suicidality that may run in families and brain inflammation in suicidal behavior in young adults. Studies suggest increased inflammation is associated with suicidal behavior. Compensation 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smartphone Apps for Caregivers
Researchers at Pitt are looking for caregivers of those with spina bifida, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or cerebral palsy to participate in a research study. Caregivers will take part in group discussions and provide feedback on smartphone apps designed to support individuals with chronic conditions. Compensation provided.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.