About Bones, Joints, and Muscles
Bones, joints, and muscles act as scaffolding for the body. Bones are a living part of the body that anchor the softer organs while also shielding them from harm. Conditions like scoliosis can twist the spinal column while other conditions, like osteoporosis, can weaken bones and make breaks more likely. Joints are the connections between bones, held together by ligaments. Muscles are attached to bones by tendons which allows them to move joints. If muscles, ligaments, and tendons are put under too much tension or irritation, they can become torn, strained, or inflamed. Research that helps us learn more about bones, joints, and muscles could provide many with improved support, flexibility and movement.
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.
Ultrasound Imaging for Myofascial Pain - Healthy Controls
Are you 40-70 years old without chronic low back pain? You may be able to participate in a research study to help understand and diagnose low back pain using ultrasound imaging. Compensation is provided.
All of Us Pennsylvania Research Program
All of Us wants at least one million people to join. Your participation can help shape the future of health for generations to come. People who join will share information. This might be about their health, habits, and what it’s like where they live. It might also be about family history and genes. By looking for patterns, researchers may learn more about what affects people’s health.
Ultrasound Imaging for Myofascial Pain - Chronic Low Back Pain
Do you experience chronic low back pain? Are you 20-70 years old? You may be able to participate in a research study to help understand and diagnose low back pain using ultrasound imaging. Compensation is provided.
Achilles Tendinopathy Study
Do you suffer from Achilles tendinopathy pain? If so, you may be eligible for a research study examining the effectiveness of metformin on the management of tendon inflammation and pain. Participation includes three separate visits over a period of 16 weeks. Compensation is provided.
LBP: Low Back Pain Research Study (Control)
If in the last 12 months, you have not experienced low back pain for which you sought treatment for, you may be able to participate in a research study to help better understand the factors that contribute to low back pain. This study involves two in-person visits. Compensation is provided.
Chronic Low Back Pain with Mood Symptoms Study
Have you had chronic low back pain for at least six months and also have depression or anxiety symptoms? Are you aged 18-75? You may be able to participate in a research study to compare antidepressant medication and physical therapy for people with chronic low back who also have anxiety and depression symptoms. Compensation is provided.
Project RACR: Promoting Resilience, Adjustment, and Community Reintegration after Spinal Cord Injury
Have you been diagnosed with spinal cord injury? If so, you may be able to take part in a research study to help engage in social activities as well as enhance emotional and physical health. Participation involves 9 in-person, telephone, or video visits for up to 3 months. Compensation is provided.
Women's Health Concussion Study - Woman 18-40 minor orthopedic injury
Are you a 18 to 40 year old female not currently on birth control? Have you had a minor orthopedic injury in the past 30 days? You may be eligible for a research study to evaluate how concussion affects women’s menstrual cycles and health. Compensation is provided.
Restoring Sensation after Arm Amputation
Are you an amputee with an amputation of one or both arms? Are you between 18 and 70? If so, you may be able to take part in a research study designed to develop new technologies that may improve prosthetic (artificial limb) control and reduce phantom limb pain. Compensation provided.
The Effects of Fasting on Lipid Metabolic Profile and Bone Metabolism
Are you 25 to 45 years old? Do you have a family history of type 2 diabetes and/or personal history of gestational diabetes (diabetes that develops in pregnancy)? You may be eligible for a study assessing the effects of fasting for one day a week for 3 months. Compensation provided.
Painimation Mobile App
Do you have chronic pain? Are you over the age of 18? If yes, you qualify to participate in a short research study to test a new pain assessment tool that uses abstract animations to help describe and measure pain. Research participation involves downloading an app on your mobile phone and answering a few questions on the app.
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.
Above the Knee Amputee Research Study
Are you 18-80 years old? Do you have an above the knee amputation and are walking in a conventional socket prosthesis? You may be able to participate in a study to find out how socket design changes affect comfort and mobility for amputees. Participation involves undergoing a CT scan, high-speed X-ray imaging, and ultrasound. 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.
Are you an amputee with a leg amputation above the ankle and below the knee? Did your amputation occur more than 6 months ago? You may be able to participate in a research study to help develop a neuroprosthetic device that stimulates nerves with the goal of producing sensations that feel like they come from the amputated limb. Eligible participants are 22-70 years old. Compensation is provided.
Hormonal Skin Patch for Women with Anorexia Nervosa
Are you a 19-45 year old woman diagnosed with anorexia nervosa? You may be able to participate in a research study to help find out if a hormonal skin patch can improve bone density in women with anorexia nervosa. Participation involves imaging studies, blood tests, and nutritional analyses. Compensation is provided.
A Sensorimotor Microelectrode Brain-Machine Interface
Do you have little or no ability to use your hands due to a cervical spinal cord injury, brainstem stroke, or spinal stroke? Are you aged 22-70? If so, you may be eligible to take part in a research study involving brain-machine interface (BMI) technology. BMI technology uses signals recorded from the brain to control devices such as a computer or a robotic limb. Compensation provided.
Remote Wheelchair Maintenance Training Program
Do you use a wheelchair as your primary means of mobility (over 40 hours a week) due to a traumatic spinal cord injury? If so, you may be interested in participating in a research study to find out if an online training program designed to teach people how to improve wheelchair maintenance techniques is effective. Compensation provided.