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Human Subject Research Opportunities

Human participants are critical to the success of our research studies. Human Physiology studies cover a wide variety of research of the human body.








Acute Mountain Sickness and Exercise Performance Study

We are looking for adults (age 18-35) to participate in a research study looking at effects of two treatments (erythropoietin (EPO) and iron) on acute mountain sickness and exercise performance during a 14 day stay at altitude. This study includes testing both at sea level (Eugene, OR) and at altitude (Leadville, CO). There will be 6-7 testing days and 4 weeks of drug treatment at sea level. You will then travel to Leadville, CO for 14 days of testing at altitude. You will also compete 1-2 days of follow up testing within 7 days of returning to sea level. Compensation up to $610 paid upon completion. Travel, lodging, and food expenses are paid for. If interested, please contact us at 541-346-0831! or

EEG Study of Motor Function

Purpose: To understand the brain mechanisms involved in the motor functions in healthy and disease populations.


  • 18 to 90 years old
  • Not diagnosed with a movement disorder or motor impairment
  • No neurological disorders
  • Not taking any neurological or psychiatric medications
  • Fluent in English

Payment: $12-15/hr

Investigator: Dr. Nicole Swann, Department of Human Physiology

If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Nicole Swann via Email:

EMG Analysis of Scapular Stabilizer Muscles

We are currently recruiting healthy and active 18-28 year old individuals for participation in a single session where you perform shoulder exercises while connected to surface electromyography (EMG) sensors that record how much your muscles activate.

If you’re interested in athletic training, physical therapy, rehabilitative careers, and/or Graduate/Professional School, you may enjoy being a part of this research! We can be flexible and find a time for your voluntary session that suits your schedule!

If you are interested in participating, please contact Jamie Destache via Email:

Establishing Normative Values for the DPA Scale


 TITLE: Establishing Normative Values for the Disablement of the Physically Active Scale in Subset Populations

Who: 18-30 year-olds, Healthy and active (3 ≥ hours of activity per week)

What it includes: One 25-minute appointment with a researcher to complete the demographic survey and the Disablement of the Physically Active Scale (DPA). This scale is being used by clinicians to validate the patient-centered care they provide. The goal is to increase clinicians’ use of this scale by establishing normative values for the DPA.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Jackie Sher via Email:

Healthy Shoulder Study

We are conducting research related to shoulder function.  If you have never had any medical problems with your shoulder, you may be eligible to participate.  Testing is invasive and requires the insertion of needles into your shoulder and the electrical stimulation of your muscles.  If you are matched with a patient and complete all testing, you will be compensated $200 for your time.  If we don’t have a match for you yet, you could be on a wait list for up to two years. You would be contacted by phone or email when we find a match or are ready to remove you from the wait list.  Please call the Orthopedic Research Lab at the University of Oregon and leave your name, sex, age, and arm dominance if interested in participating in the study: 458-201-3149.

Hypertension Study


People with diagnosed elevated blood pressure or Stage 1 hypertension are needed for a Clinical Trial funded by the National Institutes of Health. Subjects must not be taking prescription medications to lower their blood pressure. The study will require a random assignment to either an exercise intervention or heat therapy intervention for approximately 10 weeks. This study is being conducted in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon. Eligible subjects may elect to participate in additional study activities including cognitive tests and MRI scans at The Lewis Center for Neuroimaging. Subjects will be compensated up to $600 for full participation in this study.


Ages 35-60; Systolic pressure 120mmHg or greater but less than 140 mmHg or diastolic pressure 80mmHg or greater but less than 90mmHg; no cardiovascular disease other than hypertension, or other chronic diseases; women must not be pregnant or currently breast-feeding.

This study is being conducted in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon under the supervision of Drs. Christopher Minson, PhD and John Halliwill, PhD

For more information, please contact Email: or call 541-600-4095

Muscle Health Study

Seeking volunteers for a muscle physiology research study. We are investigating proteins involved in muscle contraction and whether they are altered by age and fatigue caused by repetitive activities. The study will involve 2 visits to the lab and a muscle biopsy of a muscle in each leg. We offer $200 compensation when participation is complete.

For more information, please contact Dr. Damien Callahan at Email: or call 541-346-5040.


PFO Study

Volunteers needed for paid research study

We are looking for adults (age 18-40) to participate in a research study looking at the physiological differences between those with a large versus a small/no patent foramen ovale (PFO).
Study includes 3 visits and is dependent on your ability to exercise.
If you participate in this exercise study your time commitment will be approximately 7 hours over the 3 visits. Compensation up to $220 paid upon completion.
Study Location:
Cardiopulmonary & Respiratory Physiology Lab, University of Oregon
Funding: This study is funded by the American Heart Association. Andrew Lovering,
Ph.D. is the principal investigator for this study.

For more information, please contact Lovering Lab Email: or call 541-346-0831.


Prevalence of Breathing Pattern Dysfunction in College Student-Athletes and College Students


Looking for:
Male or female college age students (18-24yrs)
o UO Division I student-athletes
o UO Club Sport student-athletes
o Recreationally active students
o Sedentary/inactive Students

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant
  • Have respiratory symptoms or illnesses, or have
    been diagnosed with respiratory illness including
    diagnosis of COVID-19 within the past 24 months
  • Previous significant rib injury within the last year
  • Currently smoke
  • Have been diagnosed and/or treated for a
    breathing pattern dysfunction
  • Currently undergoing or have recently undergone
    treatment for an upper extremity musculoskeletal
  • Cannot read or speak English

Participants are expected to:

  • Complete a single session lasting 25-30 minutes
  • Complete multiple questionnaires about
    o Demographics
    o Health history
    o Physical activity level
    o Self-perception of symptoms of different breathing patterns

*Your responses will be kept completely confidential*

If you are interested in participating in this study, please fill out the interest
form here:

For more information, please contact Sydney Leverett at Email: or call 770-378-3625.

Proprietary Skin Cream Study

Healthy, non-smoking males and females, age 18-55, are needed for studies on a proprietary skin cream that may be used to deliver compounds to improve athletic performance. Subjects must not be on any medications (oral contraceptives acceptable) and cannot be pregnant or currently breast-feeding. Subjects may not be using illegal/recreational drugs including marijuana. Subjects must not have had prior allergic reactions to drugs or medication, specifically local anesthetics like Novocain used for dental procedures. The study lasts approximately 6 hours on a single day. This study is being conducted in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon. This study is sponsored by the company that makes the skin cream. Subjects will be compensated for their participation in this study. If interested, please contact us at 541-600-4095 or Email:

Running Research Study

Participants Needed

The Bowerman Sports Science Clinic at the UO is currently seeking participants over the age of 18 to participate in a running research study.

Participants will be compensated $10 per hour

To be considered for participation, interested parties MUST:

  • Run at least 2 times per week
  • Wear a women’s size 7.5-8.5 or men’s size 9.5-10.5 shoe

For more information, please Email: for more information