About Wellness and Lifestyle
The way a person lives can have a profound influence upon their wellness and health. Wellness includes elements of physical, mental, emotional, and social wellbeing, and can influence almost any area of life. Some researchers look at the ways that diet, activity, and weight play a role in the way people relate and interact. Other studies might examine the relationship between stress and health, or they could focus on the challenges facing smokers when they try to quit. Ultimately, wellness and lifestyle research studies try to provide people with the freedom to play an active role in their health.
You may be able to participate in a study looking at how much commonly prescribed medications such as Sumatriptan, Cyclobenzaprine, Gabapentin, Trazodone, Venlafaxine, Citalopram, Furosemide, Topiramate, and Methylphenidate for mothers are present in breast milk and babies post-delivery.
Referral to Physical Activity Research Study
Are you aged 40-70, don’t regularly exercise, and have been told by a physician that you have one of the following: overweight/obesity, high blood pressure, and/or prediabetes? You may be able to participate in a study to help you increase your activity levels. This study involves completing a computer-based program with tracking tools and goal setting materials. Compensation is provided.
Zero-calorie fast vs. glucose-supplemented fast
Are you a healthy adult age 18-39 who does not take any medications or suffer from any chronic illnesses? You may be eligible for a research study to investigate the effects of total fasting compared to partial fasting. Compensation is provided and parking and/or transportation costs will be reimbursed for each visit to UPMC.
Decentralized Biobanking "de-bi": An app for tracking research donations
Are you 18 and older and interested what happens to the tumor/tissue/blood you donate for research? This research project is developing an app for those who want to track or learn about their biosample donations and studying patient preferences for feedback about research on their biosamples.
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.
BEAM Trial -- Young Adults
Are you between ages 18-22 diagnosed with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes? You may be able to participate in a research study to help young people with prediabetes/type 2 diabetes increase their daily physical activity. Compensation is provided.
DRIVE - Healthy Adult
Are you a healthy young adult 18-22 years old? Have you never experienced depression or any mental health problems? You may be eligible to participate in a research study to understand the way depression develops in young people. Compensation is provided.
Mechanisms of Light Therapy Study
Are you between the ages of 18-25? Do you consider yourself a night owl? Do you feel down or depressed? You may be able to participate in a research study to learn about how light affects mood. Compensation provided.
LGBTQ+ Experiences in Daily Life
Are you an LGBTQ+ person from 18-29 years old? You may be eligible to participate in a research study that explores LGBTQ+ social life in relation to mental health. Compensation is provided. Some participants will be chosen at random to receive an additional prize.
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 Pitt Center for Emergency Responder Wellness
Are you an emergency responder (police officers, fire fighters, EMS workers, emergency room medical providers, or emergency dispatchers)? You may be eligible to participate in a research study to see how effective an established, evidence-based form of mental health treatment is with emergency responders. All information regarding your treatment will be confidential.
BEaM Study - Parent
Are you the parent of a child 11-13? Does your child have a biological parent or full biological sibling who has ever experienced symptoms of depression or bipolar disorder? You and your child may be able to participate in a research study to assess the effects of two group-based interventions on emotions and mood in adolescents with a family risk for mood disorders.
Caregiver Stress and Sleep Study (CARES)
Are you at least 60 years of age and currently providing unpaid care to a loved one with a dementia diagnosis? You may be able to participate in a research study to better understand how stress, sleep, and activity might impact caregivers’ mood.
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?
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.
Intimate Partner Violence among Women of Asian Descent
Are you a woman who was born in an Asian country and who speaks Mandarin, Korean, or English? You may be able to participate in a study to evaluate a new treatment for women who are experiencing physical assault, verbal/emotional abuse, sexual violence, or financial abuse within a relationship. Participation involves taking part in a 12 week intervention program. Compensation is provided.
Craving and Smoking Behavior Study
Are you 26-55 years old and interested in quitting smoking? You may eligible for a study to test new methods aimed at helping individuals quit smoking. This is not a treatment study. This study includes 10 in-person visits. Study procedures involve completing questionnaires and undergoing an EEG (measures brain activity) and tDSC (non-invasive brain stimulation). 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.
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.
Smartphone Training for Attention Regulation for IBS Study
Have you been diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)? You may be able to participate in a study to try to make life with IBS more comfortable. This study includes 3 in-person visits and involves completing a 14-day program on your smartphone at home where you will track your IBS symptoms. 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.
The EMBODY Study
Are you 20-35 years old? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to learn how difficult and challenging childhood experiences may shape the brain and body. Eligible participants are right-handed, have no ferromagnetic metal in their body, are willing to have an MRI scan, and are not taking medication for any psychiatric disorders. Compensation and parking are provided.
OPTIMUM Research Study
Are you bothered by chronic low back pain? You may be able to participate in a research study to find out if group mindfulness meditation sessions, coordinated with your primary care provider, can help reduce chronic low back pain. This study involves surveys, an interview, and monthly virtual visits. Some participants will also attend weekly online group sessions. Compensation is 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.
Are you 18 or 19 years old and the mother of one child? If so, you may want to participate in a study that will pair you with a mentor, or Maikuru, to provide you with a support network. Participants will have 5 weekly 2-hour educational sessions, will receive dinner, child-care, bus tickets/parking at each session, and will also receive compensation for completing all sessions.