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STUDY BASICS

Are you a relatively healthy adult between the ages of 28 and 56? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help learn more about how physical activity affects brain and heart health. Compensation provided.


STUDY PURPOSE
Regular physical activity has been shown to improve physical and mental health, but the relationship between activity and health is not fully understood. The purpose of this study is to help researchers learn more about how physical activity affects the brain and the heart. Researchers hope their findings will lead to a better understanding of the connection between physical activity and health, and may lead to better ways to use physical activity to prevent and treat health problems in the future.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
  • Ages 28-56
  • Willing and able to have an MRI scan
  • Fluent in English
  • Not currently undergoing treatment or taking medication for high blood pressure, heart disease, or neurological conditions
  • Not using insulin for treatment of diabetes
  • Not physically active, but able to move without pain or an assistive device

WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
Participating in this study involves nine visits over the course of 12-16 months. Participants will be randomly assigned (like a flip of a coin) to participate in either an aerobic exercise group or a health information group. The aerobic exercise group will participate in 3 weekly exercise sessions with a personal trainer for a period of 12 months. The health information group will participate in daily life monitoring using physical activity trackers every 6 weeks for a period of 12 months. Participants will also be asked to complete questionnaires and interviews, have physical assessments, provide blood and hair samples, and have MRI brain scans.
IRB:
  STUDY19020218 - Exercise Brain and Cardiovascular Health

RESEARCH AREAS:
  Healthy Volunteer

Age Range
AGE:   28 - 56

Duration DURATION:  Up to 16 months
VISITS:  9 visits

Location LOCATION: 
Old Engineering Hall and Sennott Square - Oakland
Compensation COMPENSATION: 

Up to $475 + parking or public transportation expenses

Phone Number PHONE NUMBER:
1-866-438-8230
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MEET THE RESEARCHERS


Kirk Erickson

Kirk Erickson, PhD, is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Erickson is the principle investigator at the Brain Aging and Cognitive Health (BACH) Lab, where he and his team study how the mind and brain change with age. By using a variety of measurement techniques, Dr. Erickson hopes to find ways to promote healthy mental aging. In his free time, Dr. Erickson enjoys traveling, spending time with family, salsa dancing, playing squash and reading.





Peter Gianaros

Peter J. Gianaros, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. A graduate of Penn State University, Dr. Gianaros’ research interests include the neurobiology of psychological stress, emotion, socioeconomic health disparities, and cardiovascular disease risk.





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