INC: Volunteer

Would you like to participate in a MRI study?

We are always recruiting paid volunteers to participate in MRI studies. The best way to find out when study participation opportunities become available is to sign up for the Participant Contact List. This e-mail listserv will alert you via e-mail when participation opportunities are available.

Please ensure you meet the following basic criteria before signing up for the Participant Contact List. Anyone who does not meet these basic criteria may not be safe in our MRI environment.

Basic Criteria for MRI Study Participation

  • You do not have any unremovable metallic objects or metallic fragments in or on your body
  • You weigh less than 250 lbs
  • You are not claustrophobic

You may sign up for the Participant Contact List by clicking here

You can find a partial list of current study participation opportunities in the space below. Please check back often as new study opportunities arise every few weeks. 

Thank you for your interest in our research!

Current MRI Study Participation Opportunities


New Mothers and Infants

IDEA

The Infant Development, Emotion, and Attachment (IDEA) project is recruiting first-time
mothers that are currently pregnant OR have a baby between 0-5 months old. Moms could
receive up to $300 for participating. The first part is a lab visit at around 25 weeks of pregnancy
to the University of Denver. Moms who already had babies can start from the second part! In the
second part, researchers from the University of Denver visit mom and baby at their home when
the baby is between 0-5 months old. The third part of the study is a neuroimaging visit to the
University of Colorado Boulder where we will take images of mom’s brain. Child care and
transportation are available. Contact the Family and Child Neuroscience, University of Denver, at
303-871-3096 or email us at FCNLab@gmail.com.

SHINE

The Study of Infant Neurodevelopment of Emotion (SHINE) Project is recruiting 10-12 month old
infants of first-time mothers. Families could receive up to $160 and a picture of their baby’s
brain for participating. For the first part of this study, researchers from the University of Denver
visit mom and baby in their home where we have mom and baby both complete assessments.
The second part of this study is a visit to the University of Colorado Boulder for taking images of
your baby’s brain. Childcare and transportation are available. Contact the Family and Child
Neuroscience, University of Denver, at 303-871-3096 or email us at FCNLab@gmail.com.

CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

The Cognitive Development Center at CU Boulder is looking for children—ages 3 to 12 years
old—who are interested in playing fun games that teach us about their learning!
Our goal in the Cognitive Development Center is to understand thinking and how it changes with
development. We work with children to explore the development of memory, language, problemsolving,
and flexibility. Learning how these abilities develop can help us understand not only how
children think, but also how we come to think as adults.
We always have fun ongoing projects in our center, and we appreciate the help of parents like
you who bring your children in to participate. We pay $5 for your travel, and parking is free right
next to the building. If you or your friends would like to participate in our projects, you can sign
up in one of the following ways: visit our website at http://colorado.edu/cognitivedevelopment/
signup, email us at cogdevctr@grey.colorado.edu, or call our Center Coordinator at
303-492-6389.
(Note this study does not currently involve MRI scans.)

ADAPT is a place for young people worried about recent changes in their thoughts, perceptions
and feelings. Eligible participants are ages 12 to 21 and have experienced one or more of the
following symptoms:
• Unusual thoughts
• Suspiciousness or paranoia
• A sense of having special powers or unrealistic plans for the future
• Unusual experiences with seeing or hearing things that are not there.
For more information please call 303.492.4616 or visit our website: http://
www.adaptprogram.com. If you are younger than 18, please have your parent/guardian call. All
assessments are provided at no cost. An initial screening will compensate participants $25.00 for
a 2-hour interview, and $10.00 for a 30-minute interview with a family member/significant other
(over 18). Then, if ADAPT is found to be a good fit for you, you will be invited to participate in a
compensated 2-year longitudinal study. Professional recommendations and referrals for treatment
will be provided

Are you someone with schizophrenia or an affective disorder with psychotic features (e.g.
depression, bipolar disorder) that has children or siblings? A University of Colorado Boulder
study is providing compensation for participation in a research project for relatives between the
ages of 12-21. Assessments are provided at no cost. An initial screening will compensate
participants $25.00 for a 2-hour interview. Then, if ADAPT is found to be a good fit for your
relative, they will be invited to participate in a compensated 2-year longitudinal study. If any
clinical issues are detected, professional recommendations and treatment referrals will be
provided. For more information, please have your relative call or visit our website: http://
www.adaptprogram.com (youth < 18 must have a parent call).

Adults (18+)

Participants needed for research in experiments using fMRI to study sensation seeking, other
personality traits, and engagement in health risk behaviors. Participants will be paid $50 for 1.5
hours of participation. Requirements for the study: participants cannot be pregnant or have any
implanted medical devices. If you are interested please send an email with the subject “MRI
Study” to btconnerlab@gmail.com

Committed Couples needed for study - $12 to $24 an hour (CU Boulder)
Are you currently married or have you been in a relationship for at least 2 years?
Then the marital research lab at the University of Colorado needs your help!
We are studying how couple’s positive and negative interactions impact their relationship
and well-being….and we want your help!
Committed couples are being recruited right now to take part in exciting new research
through the Well-being and Relationship Functioning Lab and the Cognitive and Affective
Neuroscience Lab in the CU Psychology Department.
Each partner will be paid $12 an hour to have a video taped discussion with your partner,
complete a computer task, and questionnaires about your relationship and your health.
Some couples will be asked to complete a task where one partner experiences heat pain
while the other partner provides support and vice versa. Some couples will also be asked
to participate in an fMRI portion of the study. Each partner will be paid $24 an hour to
experience heat pain, watch video clips, and complete tasks in the MRI scanner.
The time commitment is approximately 2 hours per visit for 2-4 visits and all responses
will be completely confidential. To participate, both you and your partner must qualify and
be willing to complete all visits to the lab.
Please click the following link: https://redcap.ucdenver.edu/surveys/?s=rUmvXabFZR or
email Relationship_Lab_MRI@Colorado.edu

Interested in brain functioning and health? You can earn $100 for your participation in a CU
research study investigating brain functioning and healthy adulthood. You may be eligible to
participate if you are:
• 25-35 years old
• Have no non-removable metal in your body
• NOT physically active (exercise less than 60 minutes a week)
• Living in the Boulder-Denver area
• Not currently pregnant
This study involves:
• 1 physical screening with a CU Boulder physician
• 1 blood draw
• 1 maximal exercise test to assess your fitness level
• 1 DNA sample collection (from saliva)
• 1 fMRI scanning + neuropsychological testing session
• 1 brief and confidential questionnaire
If you are interested, please contact the CU CHANGE research lab at: 303-492-9549 or
force.researchstudy@gmail.com

ADULTS (60+)

Effects of Oral Sodium Nitrite on Physiological Function
Purpose of study: Sodium nitrite is a naturally occurring compound found in small
amounts in the human body, as well as in many types of vegetables, including kale and
beets. We are looking at the effects of sodium nitrite supplements on cardiovascular,
physical, and cognitive function.
Who we’re looking for: Generally healthy individuals between the ages of 60-80 with no
personal history of cardiovascular disease, and who are not currently taking blood
pressure medications or medications that thin the blood. Women must be postmenopausal
and not taking hormone replacement therapy.
Time commitment and benefits: You would be involved in our study for approximately 16
weeks, and will receive the following tests and valuable health information:

Physical Exam by a Physician

Complete Blood Panel: Blood sugar & Cholesterol

Body Fat Composition

Blood Pressure Screening

Physical Fitness Evaluation (Heart Health)

Bone Mineral Density (Osteoperosis Risk)
You will also be compensated for your time.
Who to contact: Please contact the Integrative Physiology of Aging Laboratory by email at
IPAlab@colorado.edu, or call (303) 735-6410.
Thanks for your time and consideration!

Interested in brain functioning and health? You can earn $300 for your participation in a CU
research study investigating changes in the brain as a result of physical activity. You may be
eligible to participate if you are:
• Age 65 or over
• Have no non-removable metal in your body
• NOT physically active (exercise less than 60 minutes a week)
• Living in the Boulder-Denver area
This study involves:
• 1 physical screening with a CU Boulder physician
• 2 blood draws
• 2 maximal exercise tests to assess your fitness level
• 2 DNA sample collections (from saliva)
• 3 health/psychological assessments
• 2 fMRI scanning + neuropsychological testing sessions
• 4-month exercise program (3 sessions/week)
If you are interested, please contact the CU CHANGE research lab at: 303-492-9549 or
force.researchstudy@gmail.com