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Helping adults talk about their serious illness with children. Join us online on 6th July 2022 at 10am or 13th July at 10am

Looking for: We are looking for volunteers (aged over 18 years) who have experience of serious illness and have children within their family network
Expenses: £75

We are looking for volunteers who have ongoing or past experience of their own or a partner’s serious illness such as cancer, heart or lung disease. During the time of the illness you must have or have had at least one important relationship with a child under the age of 18 (e.g. as a parent, grandparent, auntie or uncle). You are invited to take part in an online workshop with 6 to 8 other adults who have had similar experiences. The session would take about 2-3 hours of your time. You would be asked to talk about what you think patients and their partners need from the healthcare team in order to support children through an adult’s illness.

Are you interested in participating in a virtual reality study on pain?

Looking for: 18-60 years old healthy volunteers
Expenses: Participants will be reimbursed for their time

Are you healthy and between 18-60 years old? Then we invite you to participate in our research that will take about one hour. During your visit we will measure your body movements and your subjective pain ratings while you play a virtual reality game in which brief electrical pain stimuli will be administered. You will be compensated for your time. If you are interested or if you want more information about the study, please contact: Shuangyi Tong by clicking the link below. Ethics Committee Reference: R58778/RE001

How clinicians use the output of Artificial Intelligence tools to inform their decision making

Looking for: Medical students (any year) and qualified medical doctor volunteers (any specialty, any career grade) who are aged 18 and over, to participate in an online study to investigate the above aims. You are invited to complete a short survey for one session, taking approximately 20-30 minutes.
Expenses: Participants are not reimbursed for their time.

Clinical decision support tools (CDSTs) take an input – i.e. data about a patient – and deliver an output in the form of a decision, recommendation or prediction. This output is presented alongside a certainty estimate – i.e. how certain or uncertain the tool is about its prediction. In order to utilise CDSTs in practice, clinicians will be required to interpret both the output of a tool, and its uncertainty estimate, and integrate this with their own clinical assessment. The aim of this study is to understand how medically trained individuals interpret and process the output of artificial intelligence clinical decision support tools. The study has been approved by University of Oxford Central University Research Ethics Committee Reference: R80680/RE001

We want to understand what COVID-19 does to the brain.

Looking for: Have you avoided the infection? Have you had COVID-19 in the past but no symptoms now? You could be eligible to take part in BBB-COVID or BBB-VR, research studies assessing the long-term impact of COVID-19 on the brain. We are seeking healthy volunteers who have not had COVID-19 or had it in the past but are symptom free and do not suffer from LONG COVID 19.
Expenses: Travel and parking expenses would be reimbursed and we will also pay you £20 for participation.

You would undergo a brain scan, some questionnaires and some tests of your mental agility if eligible for BBB-COVID study or cycle on an exercise bike in 'virtual reality' if eligible for BBB-Virtual Reality study. You would need to visit on one occasion taking a total of 2 1/2 hours. The study has been approved by BBB-COVID Brain and Brainstem Basis of COVID-19 Study poster v2.0 13 December 2021 IRAS ID:297314 Ethics ref.: 21/NW/0090

Emotional Processing Study

Looking for: Male and female healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 55 years.
Expenses: Time and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires and computer-based tasks, as well as a paradigm involving electrocardiogram (ECG) recording and blood pressure measurements. If you are eligible, you will be invited for a testing session (1.5-2h) at the Department of Psychiatry in the Warneford Hospital. This study has been approved by the University Research Ethics Committee (R68684/RE001).

Participants Needed for a virtual reality (VR) Heights Experience

Looking for: We are looking for participants to come in to the Oxford University for a 45-min virtual reality (VR) study. Participants should be aged 18 or over.
Expenses: You will be reimbursed for your time plus reasonable local travel

We are looking for participants to come in to the Oxford University for a 45-min virtual reality (VR) study, looking at the introductory experience of VR consultation for fear of heights (Ethics Approval Reference: [R77367/RE001]). Strict measures will be followed to minimise the risk from COVID-19, and you will be reimbursed for your time! Contact shu.wei@psych.ox.ac.uk for any questions.

In-human validation of a novel non-invasive brain stimulation device in healthy adults

Looking for: Healthy, right-handed volunteers, aged between 18-45 years
Expenses: You will be reimbursed for your time!

The purpose of this study is to compare a new brain stimulator to a commonly used stimulator. The stimulation we use is called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in which we place a stimulation coil over the head to generate a magnetic field. This stimulates the brain and can cause a finger twitch which we can measure. Participants may experience some discomfort during TMS. By conducting this research, we hope to validate the novel stimulator and enable the exploration of more flexible stimulation parameters and new treatments in the future. For safety reasons we can only include volunteers without a family history of epilepsy and who are not currently taking any medication. This study involves four visits to the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. Each session will take no more than 3 hours. We will compensate you for your time and reasonable travel costs for every session. CUREC approval reference: R75180/RE007

The Effect of Losartan on Threat and Reward Processing

Looking for: Healthy Volunteers aged 18-50, fluent in English
Expenses: You will be reimbursed for your time!

This study is investigating how a single dose of the medication losartan affects threat and reward processing, using simple computer tasks. Losartan is currently used to treat high blood pressure. However, we think that it may also enhance the effectiveness of psychological therapies. The study involves two appointments totalling 4 to 4 ½ hours. Version 3, 21/01/21, MSD-IDREC: R65978/RE003

The Everyday Confidence Survey

Looking for: Looking for: Anyone, aged 16 years or older, living in the UK is invited to take part in our study
Expenses: As a thank you, you’ll be entered into a prize draw

What is happiness? How can we nurture our self-confidence and well-being? At the University of Oxford, we’re looking for UK residents, aged 16+ to help us better understand how people think about themselves when they’re feeling positive. Participants will be invited to complete an online survey. It should take around 30 minutes and, as a thank you, you’ll be entered into a prize draw. We will use the survey results to create a new means of measuring positive beliefs about the self. That will help us develop psychological treatments to boost well-being and self-confidence. The research is being conducted by clinical psychologists at the University of Oxford and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. It has been approved by the University of Oxford Central University Research Ethics Committee (R78843/RE001), and is funded by the Wellcome Trust. We look forward to hearing from you!

Healthy Volunteers for EEG study investigating information processing in first-episode psychosis

Looking for: Healthy Volunteers aged 18 to 40
Expenses: You will be compensated for your time

Healthy Volunteers needed for an EEG study exploring information processing in first-episode psychosis compared to healthy controls. There will be two appointments: a screening visit, which can be done via Teams or on the phone, followed by a study visit at OHBA at the Department of Psychiatry. Participants will be reimbursed for their time and travel expenses. If you are interested and would like more information please contact the Early Psychosis Research Group at the Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Oxford on masa.micunovic@psych.ox.ac.uk.

Reward, Emotion, Learning and Ketamine Study (RELAKS) Study.

Looking for: Healthy Volunteers aged 18 and above.
Expenses: You will be compensated for your time.

Volunteers needed for magnetic resonance study of the brain in response to Ketamine. MRI is a type of brain scan that allows us to see how the brain is organised and performs tasks like decision making. The scan is safe and does not involve any needles or injections. A licensed drug called ketamine affects the levels of glutamate, a chemical messenger in the brain. Glutamate plays a role in learning and memory so we are interested in understanding how ketamine can affect these. We are looking for volunteers to improve our understanding on how ketamine can influence the way people learn from rewards and punishments. The study involves 1 phone screening interview and 4 in-person visits (3 times to Warneford hospital, one time to John Radcliffe Hospital) over 2-3 weeks, each lasting up to 2-3 hours. In all, your participation will involve: medical and psychiatric health screening (including blood and urine tests and providing saliva samples to measure a stress hormone), drug administration, questionnaires and computer tasks and an MRI scan, that will involve administering electrical pain which will be calibrated to your personal pain threshold. Who are we looking for? Fluent English-speaking men or women aged between 18-45 years, who do not suffer from any psychiatric conditions, who are not using any psychotropic medication and are not pregnant. You will be asked questions about your medical history to check your suitability to participate in the study. If you are interested and would like more information please contact Reward, Emotion, Learning and Ketamine Study (RELAKS) Study team at the Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Oxford on relaks@psych.ox.ac.uk.

The Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Research

Looking for: First Time Mums needed.
Expenses: Questionnaire

Are you a UK-based Mum? Is your baby under 10 weeks old? Please consider taking part in this online questionnaire study about stress, anxiety and social support after giving birth. It is hoped that this research will help us better understand how to support new Mums during such an important and precious time in your child’s life. Please follow the link below to take part https://psychiatryoxford.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37YBWx0ayaIhNnD OR contact joanna.maher@hmc.ox.ac.uk for more details

Are you experiencing depression despite taking antidepressants?

Looking for: Participants to take part in a study investigating how a new anti-inflammatory drug affects emotional and rewarding information in depression.
Expenses: You will be reimbursed for your time!

Duration: Three appointments (one screening visit, two research visits) about 8 hours in total Who can participate? People who feel depressed despite antidepressant treatment, aged 18 to 65 What does the study involve? Psychological tasks, one brain scan using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), and taking medication for 7 days.

Healthy volunteers needed for a drug study investigating how a commonly-used antidepressant influences how people process emotional information about themselves and others.

Looking for: Healthy Volunteers aged 18-45 years
Expenses: You will be compensated for your time

We will ask you to attend two sessions for approximately 7 hours in total. In the first session we will ask you some questions about your current health and medical history to check your suitability for the study. If you are female, we will also ask you to take a pregnancy test. In the second session you will take the study tablet and complete some psychological tasks on the computer.

Healthy Volunteers Needed For Study Of Reward and Emotion.

Looking for: People who are healthy with no history of psychological disorder.
Expenses: Time and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

We are looking for healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 40 years of age for a study investigating the effects of a single dose of a drug called selegiline on reward and emotional processing. Time and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Facial Expression Analysis in Mood Assessment

Looking for: Healthy volunteers, aged 18+, to take part in a short video task.
Expenses: Participants will be reimbursed for their time including reasonable travel expenses

The purpose of the study is to learn whether subtle information revealed by people’s facial emotions can tell us more about mood than questionnaires alone. We will perform computerised analysis of video and audio data recorded during the task, which is completed online and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Expenses:

Sleep habits and personality traits in Borderline Personality Disorder

Looking for: Two types of participants: (1) healthy volunteers with no prior history of mental illness and (2) volunteers with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder by a mental health professional. We ask that you complete a 20-25 minute online questionnaire on sleep habits and personality traits. All participants must be 18 years or older. All data collected will be anonymous and kept confidential.
Expenses: Participants are not reimbursed for their time.

We are conducting a study to examine the relationships between sleep quality and timing and personality traits that are associated with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

Volunteers Needed For Parkinsons Disease Study.

Looking for: Individuals aged 50-75 who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in the last 6 years, to take part in a research study assessing the effects of their usual medication on learning and memory.
Expenses: Time and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

If you express interest, you will be invited to come to the Department of Psychiatry at the Warneford Hospital for 3 study sessions. The first would be an initial screening visit to assess your eligibility to take part. If eligible, you would be invited for a further 2 sessions. One would be shortly after you have taken your usual medication, and the other would be conducted when you are in an ‘off-medication state. This would involve missing/delaying your usual medication for a few hours. Each session would take 2-3 hours of your time and will involve completing a set of computer-based tasks. These sessions would be scheduled approx. 2-3 weeks apart.

Healthy Adults and Stroke Survivors Needed for Motor Learning Study

Looking for: We are looking for volunteers to participate in a study investigating how people learn motor tasks. We are recruiting participants who are neurologically healthy, and those who have had a stroke. This study involves 3 testing sessions each lasting 2 hours, to include an MRI scan, brain stimulation session and motor learning session. MRI is a type of brain scan that allows us to see how the brain is organised, processes information and performs skills like speech or memory. This scan is safe and does not involve any needles or injections.
Expenses: You will be compensated for your time.

Are you interested in how sleep functions and how sleep affects your mood?

Looking for: Female participants between the ages of 18 and 35 years to take part in our study called Sleep in Borderline Personality Disorder (SBPD).
Expenses: Participants will be reimbursed for their time and travel expenses

We are looking for female participants between the ages of 18 and 35 years to take part in our study called Sleep in Borderline Personality Disorder (SBPD).We require two types of participants: (1) healthy volunteers with no history of a psychological disorder and (2) participants that have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. We are investigating the differences in sleep, heart rate, and mood patterns, between people with borderline personality disorder compared with healthy volunteers.

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