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Vanderbilt Seeking Veterans to Participate in Research Study

Vanderbilt Seeking Veterans to Participate in Research Study

Researchers from Vanderbilt University are looking for veterans exposed to combat-related trauma during operations in Afghanistan or Iraq to participate in a paid research study entitled “Neuroimaging Study of post-traumatic stress disorder.” The study’s purpose is to investigate the effects of combat-related trauma on brain structure and function.

The study requires two trips to Vanderbilt. The first visit will be 3 hours and the second visit lasts 2 hours. In the study, participants will undergo an interview, spit in a small tube to get your DNA, fill out questionnaires, and then complete a MRI scan. During the MRI scan participants will be required to view images, some that may be unpleasant. Some of the questions may be personal or about unpleasant experiences. Participants will receive $125 compensation for completing the study.

You are eligible for the study if you are a veteran (age 21-40) of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn who has been exposed to combat-related trauma (event involving threat of death or serious injury). Proof of military service required.

You are not eligible if you have any of the following conditions (currently or in the past):

  • traumatic brain injury
  • bipolar disorder
  • psychotic disorder
  • attention-related disorders (e.g., ADHD)
  • excessive alcohol or drug use in the past 3 months
  • use of medications that affect brain function (except for sleep aids)
  • history of CNS disease

If you are interested in participating, please contact Justin Theiss for more information. Note: eligibility will be further determined upon contact.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 615-936-2080

Jennifer Blackford, PhD.

1601 23rd Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37212

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