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STUDY BASICS

Are you the parent of a healthy 12-17 year-old child who has no history of major psychiatric or neurological disorders, head injury, or drug or alcohol abuse? If so, your child may be able to participate in a brain imaging and sleep research study. Compensation provided.


STUDY PURPOSE

Every year, about 100,000 young people in the United States experience psychosis. Symptoms of psychosis can include hearing voices, having beliefs that other people do not share, or having difficulty thinking clearly. In some cases, psychosis can be a symptom of a mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Experts are not sure exactly what causes psychosis and related mental illnesses. The purpose of this study is to better understand psychotic episodes by studying brain activity while awake and asleep of people who are and are not at an elevated risk for mental illness. Researchers hope their findings will lead to better ways to identify and treat mental illness.


COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD?
  • Ages 12-17
  • No history of major psychiatric disorder, drug or alcohol abuse, head injury, or neurological disorders
  • Able and willing to undergo MRI scanning and stay overnight in a sleep lab for study procedures

WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT

Participation involves study visits at baseline and then once yearly for up to 2 years. After screening procedures to confirm that your child is eligible to participate, the following study procedures will be done: interviews with your child about their background, feelings, daily functioning, and sleep habits; tests of their attention, concentration, and problem solving; sleep assessments at home and overnight in the laboratory, including a high-density electroencephalography (hd-EEG), which is a way to measure the natural activity of the brain; and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, which takes pictures of the brain. Both hd-EEG and MRI procedures are not invasive and do not involve radiation.


IRB: STUDY19050166E
- Characterize differences in sleep spindles between clinical high risk and healthy controls longitudinally

RESEARCH AREAS:
  Healthy Child



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MEET THE RESEARCHER


Fabio Ferrarelli

Fabio Ferrarelli, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. A graduate of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, Dr. Ferrarelli’s research interests include neuronal circuits contributing to altered sleep architecture in schizophrenia. He is now extending those lines of research to high risk children and adults.