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Are you low in mood and activity during Covid-19?

Looking for: We are looking for volunteers low in mood and activity, aged 18 to 65, who are currently not undergoing any counselling or psychotherapy. You may be on antidepressant medication. You would be invited to participate in a 4-week programme that would ask you to track your general daily activities and daily mood. You would be asked to have 2-3 online meetings over Microsoft Teams.
Expenses: We are testing an intervention that might be helpful. You will be reimbursed for your time.

Adult children of parents with psychosis

Looking for: Adults over 18 who were raised by a parent who had any kind of psychotic disorder
Expenses: You will be compensated £10 for your time as well as any additional travel expenses

We are running a series of interviews to find out the experience of parents with psychosis from various perspectives; one of which is from adult children of parents with psychosis. We want to conduct a one-hour interview where you’d be asked to tell the story of your life paying particular attention to the role of your parent’s mental health. Ethics ref: 19/SC/0013

Piloting a learning and decision-making task in healthy adults

Looking for: Healthy participants (both male and female), aged 18 to 45 years. In order to participate, you must be in good health and have no psychiatric or psychological difficulty (such as depression, anxiety disorder, or eating disorder).
Expenses: You will be compensated for your time.

The study involves completing simple emotional processing, learning and decision-making tasks once a day every day for up to 4 days. The first 3 days will involve training, and the remaining days will involve a preference test based on what you learned. In total there will be up to 4 sessions. All sessions will take place at an online platform accessible from a computer or a tablet via internet connection.

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

Looking for: We are looking for volunteers aged 18 - 45 years for a transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) study.
Expenses: Volunteers will be reimbursed for their time and travel expenses and have the chance to win additional money in each session depending on their performance in the task.

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. tDCS is a form of neurostimulation that uses constant, low current delivered to the brain via sensors on the scalp. By using this technique, we hope to find out how different brain regions contribute to making decisions. This study involves 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. Please contact us for further information.

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

EXPLORATORY STUDY OF HOW AND WHY MINDFULNESS WORKS

Looking for: Are you 18 years old or over? Do you have no previous mindfulness practice OR have you completed an eight-week MBCT course? If yes, then join our two-week mindfulness study! This study will involve completing daily mindfulness practice and journal entries for two weeks and attending two lab sessions at the Department of Psychiatry. During these lab sessions, you will complete a brief mindfulness practice and several online questionnaires. Your heart rate will also be recorded at two separate time-points.
Expenses: You will be paid 10 British pounds for completing all daily journal entries. Reasonable travel expenses for any lab visits will be reimbursed on production of receipts, or a mileage allowance provided as appropriate.

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 PARKINSON’S 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.

Losartan and Emotional Processing and Memory: Healthy Volunteers Needed

Looking for: Worrying a lot? Interested in taking part in a research study? We are looking for healthy, right-handed volunteers, who are aged 18-50 years and fluent in English, to take part in a study investigating how a single dose of the medication losartan affects emotional processing, using brain imaging (fMRI). 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 Behavioural Therapy. The study involves two appointments of about 4-5 hours in total.
Expenses: You will be reimbursed for your time.

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

The effect of pramipexole on brain function in healthy volunteers

Looking for: Volunteers needed for a study investigating the effects of a potential novel antidepressant drug on the way the brain processes certain kinds of information
Expenses: You will be compensated for your time.

Volunteers needed for Dementia Prevention Study: European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia (EPAD)

Looking for: People aged 50 or over who have no dementia diagnosis (you may have a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or no diagnosis at all). You must be willing to consider taking part in drug trials in future, willing to travel to the Warneford Hospital for annual study assessments involving cognitive tasks, MRI scans and research samples and have a study partner (a relative or friend who could accompany you to study visits)
Expenses: You will be compensated for your travel to the Warneford Hospital.

The European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia (EPAD study) aims to address the urgent need for new treatments designed to prevent Alzheimer’s Dementia. The main study objectives are to: 1. Learn and understand better the factors involved in developing Alzheimer’s dementia. 2. To develop new treatments more quickly which are hoped to prevent Alzheimer’s dementia.

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