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  • COMET study: understanding mood changes using iPad

    Looking for: Have you been experiencing mood swings? Have you recently engaged in risky behaviour? Have you had much more energy than usual? If so, we are looking for you!
    Expenses: Participants will be reimbursed for their time and travel expenses.

    We are investigating mood instability and cognitive function in individuals who show symptoms of mood disorders, and also individuals who have never experienced problematic moods. This study involves playing daily app-based games presented on an iPad, as well as completing 2 MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and MEG (Magnetoencephalography) brain scans during a 10-week period.

  • Metabolic and immune changes in people recovered from depression

    Looking for: Looking for: We are looking for people who have had at least two separate episodes of depression in the past, are now well and have been off any antidepressant medication for 6 months. You would need to be between 18 and 60 years of age and in good physical health. We are also recruiting healthy controls for this you would need to be 18-60 years, physically well and have had no history of psychological problems.
    Expenses: Participants will be reimbursed for their time and travel expenses.

    The research is helping us to understand the immune and metabolic changes that occur in depression. You would need to attend our research facility on two separate occasions during which you would complete questionnaires and a structured psychiatric interview, have a blood sample taken on one occasion, complete some computerized tasks and collect saliva samples at home for which you will be given the equipment and instructions.

  • Men needed for a brain study (COMT Study)

    Looking for: healthy men, aged 18 to 40, for a study of the effect of a gene and a drug on the performance of simple computer tasks
    Expenses: You will be reimbursed for your time.

    If you take part, we will ask you to: Provide a cheek swab (to see which form of the gene you have) then, if suitable, come to the lab and: Complete some questionnaires; Take a single tablet (either a drug or a dummy pill) and carry out simple reward tasks and tests of the processing of emotions.

  • Research into emotional processing – the effects of a cognitive enhancer

    Looking for: Healthy volunteers aged 18-50 years
    Expenses: You will be reimbursed for your time

    A BIT TENSE OR WORRIED? We are looking for healthy volunteers aged 18-50 years to take part in a study investigating how a single dose of the medication losartan affects learning and information processing, using computer tasks and EEG. Losartan is currently used to treat high blood pressure. However, we think that it may also enhance the effectiveness of psychological therapies such as Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy. The study involves two appointments of about 3 hours in total.


    Looking for: healthy volunteers aged 18-40
    Expenses: Time, travel expenses included

    We are looking for healthy volunteers aged 18-40 to participate in a study investigating how antidepressants change the processing of emotions in people with different personality traits. The study involves receiving a 4 weeks treatment with a common antidepressant or placebo. You will be requested to: Fill in questionnaires once a week. After 1 week, attend first testing session with computer-based tests. After 4 weeks, attend second testing session with a brain scan. Ethics Number: NRES Oxford B 12/SC/0118

  • Nutrition Study

    Looking for: Healthy volunteers aged 18-55 for a study investigating the effects of naturally occurring amino acids on the way we solve problems and process emotions.
    Expenses: Total payment of £55. Reasonable travel expenses are also reimbursed.

    Are you interested in the effects of nutrition on your health and well-being, and don’t regularly take dietary supplements?

  • Neuroimaging Study of Borderline Personality Disorder

    Looking for: Do you have borderline personality disorder? Are you waiting to commence a group therapy?
    Expenses: Reimbursement for your time and travel.

    Do you have borderline personality disorder? Are you waiting to commence a group therapy? If so you may be eligible to take part in our latest research study. Participation involves 1 study visit, a clinical interview, playing some computer games and an MRI scan.

  • Bipolar disorder research in Oxford

    Looking for: Individuals who have experience of bipolar disorder and/or are affected by bipolar disorder as a family member, friend or carer and would you like to influence how research is undertaken
    Expenses: You will be paid for all expenses, such as travel or the costs of a carer to enable you to attend meetings. We offer a day rate for your time of approximately £150.

  • Dietary supplement study: recruiting those who are overly worried about their weight, shape or eating

    Looking for: Healthy women aged 18-40 who are sometimes worried about their eating habits, diet or weight for a study. Potential participants should have no current mental health or medical problems, and cannot be vegetarian.
    Expenses: Time and expenses will be reimbursed.

    This study is investigating whether increasing the levels of glutathione (a neurochemical) can change performance on some computer tasks of compulsivity. Feel free to ask questions – showing interest doesn’t commit you to anything!

  • Men needed to study the body’s response to an acute stressor.

    Looking for: healthy men, aged 18 to 40, to assess how your body responds to an acute stressful situation in either a virtual reality environment or in a laboratory setting, and how this influences your performance on cognitive computer tasks.
    Expenses: Participants will be reimbursed for their time and travel expenses

    The study takes about two and a half hours. No drugs are involved. Our longer-term objective is to see how acute stress interacts with a person’s genes, and with medication, to affect attention and memory. However, first we need to decide how best to induce stress in the laboratory, and see how the body responds to it