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Mental Imagery in Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Looking for: We are Looking for: 2 types of participants: (1) healthy volunteers with no self-reported current or past mental health diagnosis and (2) volunteers with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (also called emotionally unstable personality disorder) by a mental health professional
Expenses: Participants will not be reimbursed for their time.

You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire containing standardised questions on mental imagery and BPD, which should take about 15 minutes. Participants must be 18+ years. We will not collect any data that would directly identify you. No prior knowledge is required for the online questionnaire. Please click on the link for access to the online questionnaire and more information about the study: CUREC Approval Reference: R76919/RE001

MindKind Study

Looking for: Young people aged between 16-24 years old, living in the UK, with an android phone.
Expenses: There are no compensations.

We are conducting a study to find out how young people want their online data to be managed. The study is called MindKind and it explores mental health issues commonly faced by young people. As part of the study, we are looking for young volunteers aged 16-24 years old to use the MindKind app as part of a 12-week trial. This app is available on the Google Play store only. The app will ask questions about your everyday mood, emotional health, physical activity, and sleep. There is minimal risk to participating in this study as these are questions which you may come across in your daily activities. By participating in the study, you will be able to share your views and shape the future of data collection in research. Crucially, we expect that you will become more aware of how your data is used in mental health research. This study has received the requisite ethical approval (University of Oxford Ref. R73366/RE001, University of Cambridge Ref. PRE.2021.031).

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.

We want to understand what Coronavirus does to the brain. Have you avoided the infection?

Looking for: We are looking for volunteers aged 18 and above who have avoided the Coronavirus Infection
Expenses: Your travel and parking expenses would be reimbursed.

You could be eligible to take part in BBB-COVID, a research study assessing the long-term impact of Coronavirus on the brain. We are seeking control subjects who have not had coronavirus. You would undergo a brain scan (MRI or MEG), some questionnaires and some tests of your mental agility. You would need to visit on one occasion taking a total of 2.5 hours (Either the John Radcliffe Hospital or the Warneford Hospital in Oxford). Your travel and parking expenses would be reimbursed. If you are interested in participating, please contact: Kyle Pattinson, Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford Email: BreatheOxford@fmrib.ox.ac.uk BBB-COVID Brain and Brainstem Basis of COVID-19 Study poster v1.0 21 January 2021 IRAS ID:297314

[Online Study] How Do We Make The Best Financial Decisions?

Looking for: Volunteers needed for social decision-making study.
Expenses: You will be reimbursed for your time.

We are looking for English-speaking healthy volunteers who do not use any psychiatric medication and aged between 18 to 65 to improve our understanding of how people make the best financial decisions in social situations. The study will take about 30 minutes of your time and it is purely online.

Healthy volunteers needed for a cognitive ability study

Looking for: Healthy volunteers aged 18-22 years, with no history of a psychological disorder
Expenses: Time and travel expenses will be reimbursed

We are looking for healthy volunteers aged between 18-22 of age for a study investigating the effect of the drug fenfluramine on learning and memory. Participants will be invited to the Department of Psychiatry (University of Oxford) at the Warneford Hospital. The study takes place over four sessions. We would ask participants to take the study drug (fenfluramine or placebo) for a 7-day period. We ask participants to complete tests of learning and memory before and after taking the study drug. These are computer-based tasks that require you to complete straightforward tasks, for example, recalling a word from a sentence that was previously read. These tasks are safe and non-invasive. You would also need to complete some questionnaires which measure mood and wellbeing. Our contact email: fencognitionstudy@psych.ox.ac.uk Alternatively, you can call us at 01865 618 303 (only Tuesday and Thursdays 9-5pm). Central University Research Ethics Committee number: R69642/RE001

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

Effects of non-invasive brain stimulation on mood and decision making in healthy adults

Looking for: We are looking for volunteers with low mood aged 18 - 45 years for a transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) study.
Expenses: Volunteers will be reimbursed for their time and can win additional money depending on task performance.

The purpose of this study is to examine how the brain processes information and enables us to make decisions. The results will guide our future research aimed at helping individuals who suffer from depression. Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation is a form of neurostimulation that uses constant, low current delivered to the brain via sensors on the scalp. Participants may experience some mild temporary discomfort during tDCS. By using this technique, we hope to find out how different brain regions contribute to making decisions. This study involves one video call and 2 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 2 hours.

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. 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. The study is held at the Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, and lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Expenses: Participants will be reimbursed for their time including reasonable travel 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.

Are you low in mood and activity?

Looking for: Volunteers low in mood, motivation and enjoyment, aged 18 to 65, who are currently not undergoing any counselling or psychotherapy and have never been diagnosed with psychosis or bipolar disorder. You may be on antidepressant medication. We are testing two interventions which may be helpful for these symptoms. You would be invited to participate in a 4-week programme that would ask you to track your general daily activities, daily mood and physical activity. You would be asked to visit the Department of Psychiatry three to four times to complete some tests, each session taking at most 1-2.5 hours.
Expenses: You will be compensated for your time.

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.

OxPALM: Oxford study on Probiotics and Low Mood

Looking for: Volunteers aged 18 - 55 years who are experiencing low mood and/or loss of interest/motivation to take part in a study investigating the effects of 4-week ingestion of a probiotic or placebo on the processing of emotions (Ethics Reference: R58085/RE001).
Expenses: Time and expenses will be reimbursed.

Are you experiencing low mood?

Looking for: People who are experiencing persistent low mood and not taking antidepressants, to take part in a study investigating how a new medication affects emotional decision making
Expenses: Participants will be reimbursed for their time

We are looking for people who are currently on antidepressants

Looking for: For people who are currently on antidepressants but are still experiencing persistent low mood despite this, to take part in a study investigating how a new medication affects emotional decision making.
Expenses: Participants will be reimbursed for their time
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