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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.

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Acute Hot Tub Study

We are currently recruiting healthy paraplegic individuals for a study investigating the acute effects of hot tubbing. The study involves one screening session (60 min) and one experimental session (up to 3 hours), which includes 60 min in a hot tub. Subjects must be fasted from food and caffeine on study day and must refrain from all over-the-counter medications and exercise for 24 hours.

Upon participation, subjects will be compensated up to $40.

Eligible? Spinal cord injury at T4 or below (paraplegic; motor complete), Ages 18-50; no smoking, heart disease or other chronic diseases; women must not be pregnant or currently breast-feeding; men must not be undergoing treatment to increase sperm counts

If you are interested in participating, please contact Emily Larson via Email: minsonlab@gmail.com or phone: 541‐346‐4507

Biomechanics Research Study

Are you involved in occupational activities with moderate-to-heavy physical demands?

Are you between ages of 18-40 or 55-70 years old?

You may be eligible to participate in a biomechanics research study!

The purpose of study is to investigate how muscle fatigue affects walking and obstacle-crossing as well as cognitive performance.  You will be asked to do the following activities during the study: walking, crossing-obstacle, muscle strength test, auditory cognitive test, and a repeated sit-to-stand motion.

Exclusion criteria:

  • History of neurological disease or injuries including head trauma
  • Diagnosed cardiovascular disease or metabolic disease
  • Impairments involved with bones, muscles, or joints within the past six months
  • Persistent symptoms of dizziness, lightheadedness, unsteadiness, or any other medical condition that may affect your ability to walk over ground or cross over an obstacle
  • Any strenuous activity 24 hours prior to examination

The duration of study is approximately 2 hours. You will be compensated for your participation. For more information, please contact Teresa Chen via Email: szuhuac@uoregon.edu

EEG Study of Motor Function

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

Eligibility:

  • 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: swannlab@uoregon.edu

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: jdestac4@uoregon.edu

Establishing Normative Values for the DPA Scale

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR RESEARCH STUDY

 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: jsher@uoregon.edu

Exercise and Histamine study

Healthy, non-smoking males and females, age 18-40, are needed for studies on how exercise may affect histamine levels within muscle.
Subjects can be “sedentary” or “recreationally active”, but not engaging in more than 5 hours of exercise a week. Subjects must not be on any medications (oral contraceptives acceptable), must not be taking herbal remedies or dietary supplements, and cannot be pregnant or currently breast-feeding. Subjects may not be using illegal/recreational drugs.
Subjects must not have had prior allergic reactions to drugs or medication, specifically histamine receptor blockers (e.g.
fexofenadine/Allegra, ranitidine/Zantac) and not be currently taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). Participants will not be allowed to participate in vigorous exercise before and one week after the study. The study lasts approximately 8 hours spread over 3 visits. This study is being conducted in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon. This study is sponsored by the National Institute of Health. Subjects will be compensated for their participation in this study.

If interested, please contact us!

541-600-4095 or via Email: exerciselab@cas.uoregon.edu

Exercise and Inflammation study

Research Volunteer Subjects Needed

Healthy, non-smoking males and females, age 18-40, are needed for studies on exercise and inflammation. Subjects must not be on any medications (oral contraceptives acceptable), must not be taking herbal remedies or dietary supplements, and cannot be pregnant or currently breast-feeding.

Subjects may not be using illegal/recreational drugs. Subjects must not have had prior allergic reactions to drugs or medication, specifically histamine receptor blockers (e.g. fexofenadine/Allegra, ranitidine/Zantac) and not be currently taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs).

The study lasts approximately 14.5-16 hours spread over multiple visits.

This study is being conducted in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon.

Subjects will be compensated for their participation in this study.

If interested, please contact us!

541-600-4095 or via Email: exerciselab@cas.uoregon.edu

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.

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: damienc@uoregon.edu or call 541-346-5040.

 

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: RunningStudyBSSC@gmail.com for more information

 

Training Study
Research Volunteer Subjects Needed

Healthy, non-smoking, inactive males and females, age 18-40, are needed for studies on exercise and adaptation. Subjects must not be on any medications (oral contraceptives acceptable), must not be taking herbal remedies or dietary supplements, and cannot be pregnant or currently breast-feeding. Subjects may not be using illegal/recreational drugs. Subjects must not have had prior allergic reactions to drugs or medication, specifically histamine receptor blockers (e.g. fexofenadine/Allegra, ranitidine/Zantac) and not be currently taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). The study lasts approximately 36
hours spread over multiple visits through 6 weeks. This study is being conducted in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon. Subjects will be compensated for their participation in this study.

For more information, please contact Dylan Sieck at Email: exerciselab@cas.uoregon.edu or call 541-600-4095.

 

Vision and Joint Position Sense Study

Healthy volunteers needed for a study about shoulder movement using the HTC VIVE Virtual Reality (VR) System. If you are healthy, between the ages of 18 and 45, and have never had neck or shoulder injuries, you may be eligible to participate. The protocol consists of a 1.5 hour visit in which we will measure your shoulder motion using the HTC VIVE VR System. You will receive $20 for your participation

For more information, please contact Orthopaedic Biomechanics Lab at Email: kspitzle@uoregon.edu or call 541-600-4095.