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Frequently Asked Questions

What is clinical research?

Clinical studies are research studies in which real people participate as volunteers. Clinical research is a way for doctors and scientists to answer questions about conditions that patients are experiencing. Through these means research can find better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat diseases and disorders. There are many kinds of clinical research. For example, some studies use interviews or other assessment methods (neuroimaging, etc.) to learn about health problems. Other studies test new medicines or other kinds of treatments.

What kind of research does your program do?

We study the nature, causes and treatment of mood/anxiety disorders as well as traumatic brain injuries and pain disorders. Our studies involve people with and without these disorders/conditions. Most of these studies involve completing questionnaires, giving a blood sample, or participating in a neuroimaging study (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI) scan), while some involve treatment.

Who funds these studies?

Studies are primarily funded by the federal government (including the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and the Veterans Administration) as well as organizations such as National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD).

Why should I participate?

Some reasons people take part in a research study are:
  • To help others interest in the research process
  • To help advance science
  • Get a picture of your brain!

What types of treatment options are available if I am struggling with one of these problems?

If you are a veteran our staff may be able to direct you to some of the various clinics or clinical research available which may provide you with the appropriate support.

What is Informed Consent?

Before taking part in a study, each person will get a consent form that contains important written information about the study. It is important to read and understand the information in this form. A member of the research team will also talk to you about the information contained in the form. You should be sure all of your questions are answered before signing the consent form. A signed consent form does not mean that you cannot change your mind -- a participant can leave a study at any time.

Will I be paid for participating?

Our current research studies pay monetary compensation for participation. The amount depends upon the particular study and the procedures and the time commitment involved.