Current Studies

Here is a list of some of our current studies. For additional studies, please visit RecruitMe.

  • Principal Investigator:

    Richard P. Sloan, PhD
    The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of dietary flavanols on brain activity.Flavanols represent a specific group of plant-derived nutrients that are found in cocoabeans, grapes, tea, berries and various other fruits and vegetables. The specificflavanols investigated in this study come from cocoa. You are being asked to participate because you are a healthy subject between the age of 50 and 69 years old. http://cumcmemorystudy.com/
  • Principal Investigator:

    Sean X. Luo, MD, PhD
    This project aims to develop electroretinogram as a new putative marker for dopamine release, and as a predictor of treatment response among patients seeking treatment for smoking cessation. Tobacco smoking continues to be a major public health challenge. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter released in the brain. Several lines of evidence suggest that dopamine release deficit in the brain is involved in the development and maintenance of nicotine dependence. The investigators hypothesize that smokers who do not have a deficit in dopamine release will more readily respond to behavioral treatment...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Brian A Fallon, MD
    This long-term goal of this study is to reduce the number of patients who develop symptoms of chronic Lyme disease (also known as Post-treatment Lyme Syndrome) by identifying better tests and by understanding the immunologic, rheumatologic, and neurologic impact of this illness over time. This can only be done by comparing those patients who recover fully to those who experience ongoing symptoms, as well as to healthy controls. Healthy participants complete two visits to our center. The first visit is to verify good health, and includes blood and urine testing, a physical exam, and an intake...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Joanna E. Steinglass, MD
    A research study at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University Medical Center is looking for healthy teens between the ages of 12 and 18 years to participate in a study about food. Come in to the lab three times over the course of two years and get up to $250 each time for your participation. For more information and to see if you are eligible, call the Columbia Center for Eating Disorders at 646 774 8066.
  • Principal Investigator:

    M. Elizabeth Sublette, MD, PhD
    This research study uses brain imaging to explore the biological causes of major depressive disorder. Participation includes clinical assessments, brain imaging scans (MRI and PET), measurement of oxygen in the brain using infra-red spectroscopy. Your participation in this research study at Columbia University/the New York State Psychiatric Institute will help further the understanding of causes of depression. Investigator: M. Elizabeth Sublette. Eligible individuals will be compensated up to $725. We will pay for Uber transportation within NYC. We are taking extra precautions at NYSPI to...
  • Principal Investigator:

    J. John Mann, MD
    This NIH-funded research study uses brain imaging to explore the biological causes of major depression and suicide. We hope to develop a better understanding of how people who feel depressed and suicidal cope with their feelings so we can improve treatment and prevention. You may qualify as a healthy control if you do not have psychiatric illness. Participation involves a set of diagnostic interviews, brain imaging scans (MRI and PET) and neuropsychological tasks. Eligible individuals will be compensated up to $750. If you also sign up for our companion behavioral study, you could receive up...
  • Principal Investigator:

    M. Elizabeth Sublette, MD, PhD
    This research study uses brain imaging to explore the biological causes of major depressive disorder. Participation includes brain imaging scans (MRI and PET), measurement of oxygen in the brain using infra-red spectroscopy, and clinical assessments. Your participation in this research study at Columbia University/the New York State Psychiatric Institute will help further the understanding of causes of depression. Investigator: M. Elizabeth Sublette. Eligible individuals will be compensated up to $725 and may receive up to 6 months of free doctors visits for medication-based treatment. We...
  • Principal Investigator:

    J. John Mann, MD
    This NIH-funded research study uses brain imaging to explore the biological causes of major depression and suicide. We hope to develop a better understanding of how people who feel depressed and suicidal cope with their feelings so we can improve treatment and prevention. You may qualify if you have depression with or without suicidal thoughts or previous suicide attempts. Participation involves a set of diagnostic interviews, brain imaging scans (MRI and PET) and neuropsychological tasks. Eligible individuals will be compensated up to $750 and may receive up to 6 months of free doctor visits...
  • Principal Investigator:

    Margaret Haney, PhD
    RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS: Healthy male and female (age 18-60) MARIJUANA SMOKERS who also smoke CIGARETTES needed for a study of nicotine and marijuana. For 2 weeks, you would visit the lab every other day (1-2 hours) and then you would move onto a research unit at the NYS Psychiatric Institute for 9 full days. Compensation for time: $1,047-$1,903. Contact for more information.
  • Principal Investigator:

    Reilly Reyns. Kayser, MD
    The Center for OCD and Related Disorders at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center is seeking individuals aged 18+ with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to participate in a survey regarding their experiences with marijuana/cannabis. We hope this study will lead to increased understanding of how these substances affect people who suffer from OCD, so that we may improve OCD treatments in the future. Participation takes about 20 minutes and all participants will be entered into a raffle to receive a $100 Amazon gift card. No identifying information will be...

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