Participants needed for a study of the effects of addiction on the brain

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Study volunteers wanted: A Study of the Effects of Addiction on the Brain

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Aim of the study

We are interested in what methamphetamine (ā€˜Pā€™) does to the brain. We need people using methamphetamine who are addicted and those using methamphetamine who are not addicted to be in our study. We also need control subjects (people who do not use or are addicted to illicit substances) to help us establish differences in brain structure and function between users and non-users of illicit drugs.

Who can take part in the study

We are looking for MALES who are aged 18-45, speak English fluently and DO NOT use methamphetamine. Participants must NOT have a history of heart disease, diabetes, neurological disorders including epilepsy or brain injury.

What the study involves for control participants

Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging is a non-invasive technique that allows us to obtain pictures of your brain without the use of radiation.

We require one MRI scan. During the scan, you will be asked to perform a short visual task inside the MRI scanner, after which you only need to lie quietly whilst the images are taken. To enable you to take part in the study you will have to provide a saliva sample that tests negative for all drugs. Prior to the scan you will also be asked to conduct a number of cognitive tests on a touch screen computer. These tasks test a number of different areas of cognition, such as memory and attention.

You will be compensated for your participation time. In total, the study day will take approximately 4 hours.

Location

The study is being carried out at the University of Auckland, in the Centre for Advanced MRI (85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland). 

If you are interested in taking part in this study or would like further information, please contact Dr Louise Curley.

 Ph 09 373 7599 Ext  82255

APPROVED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND HUMAN PARTICIPANTS ETHICS COMMITTEE ON 8/12/2015 for 3 years, Reference Number 014156

 

Study volunteers wanted: A Study of the Effects of Addiction on the Brain

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Aim of the study

We are interested in what methamphetamine (ā€˜Pā€™) does to the brain. We need people using methamphetamine who are addicted and those using methamphetamine who are not addicted to be in our study. We also need control subjects (people who do not use or are addicted to illicit substances) to help us establish differences in brain structure and function between users and non-users of illicit drugs.

Who can take part in the study

We are looking for MALES who are aged 18-45, speak English fluently, and use methamphetamine. Participants must NOT have a history of heart disease, diabetes, neurological disorders including epilepsy or brain injury.

What the study involves for participants

Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging is a non-invasive technique that allows us to obtain pictures of your brain without the use of radiation.

We require one MRI scan. During the scan, you will be asked to perform a short visual task inside the MRI scanner, after which you only need to lie quietly whilst the images are taken. To enable you to take part in the study you will have to provide a saliva sample that tests for all drugs. Prior to the scan you will also be asked to conduct a number of cognitive tests on a touch screen computer. These tasks test a number of different areas of cognition, such as memory and attention.

You will be compensated for your participation time.

In total, the study day will take approximately 4 hours.

Location

The study is being carried out at the University of Auckland, in the Centre for Advanced MRI (85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland). 

 If you are interested in taking part in this study or would like further information, please contact Dr Louise Curley.

 Ph 09 373 7599 Ext  82255

APPROVED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND HUMAN PARTICIPANTS ETHICS COMMITTEE ON 8/12/2015 for 3 years, Reference Number 014156