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Join a Research Study at VA Portland

VA Portland Health Care System ranks as one of the VA's leaders in health research. Each year, hundreds of dedicated VAPORHCS researchers and volunteers work together on hundreds of studies which contribute significantly to advancing health care for Veterans and other Americans everywhere.

Here are some links to information about volunteering for studies within the VA Office of Research & Development;
Below are current opportunities to join a VAPORHCS research study volunteer opportunities.

For more VA ORD research study volunteer opportunities across the country, click HERE.

National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR)

To see volunteer opportunities with the NCRAR, click HERE for a list of research studies for a list of research studies open for recruitment.
NCRAR’s mission is to improve the quality of life of Veterans and others with hearing, tinnitus and balance problems through clinical research, technology development, and education that leads to better patient care. 

Clinical Trials – Cancer Care - VA Portland Health Care System


Study / IRB# 17470
Listening to Gulf War Veterans: A Qualitative Inquiry into the Health Experience and Treatment of those with Chronic Multisymptom Illness

Link to study details.

Who:
 Participants must be Veterans who…

  • served on active dute or in the National Guard or Reserve during the Gulf War (1990-1991);
  • self-identify as experiencing Gulf War Illness-related issues such as a cluster of medically unexplained chronic symptoms that can include...
    • fatigue,
    • headaches,
    • joint pain,
    • indigestion,
    • insomnia,
    • dizziness,
    • respiratory disorders,
    • and memory problems.

What: Researchers at VA Portland are conducting web-based interviews to meet with Veterans who served during the Gulf War Era and are willing to share their experiences with illnesses related to their Gulf War service. Participants will be interviewed once and we will ask you questions about your experiences with illness, treatment, and care. Interviews may be audio and video recorded; however, if you
prefer, you can choose to keep your interview private.

Participants can receive a $50 check as compensation for your time. Interviews may last between
1-3 hours.

Where:
 Online.

When: Until date to be determined (study is nearing its end).

Why: The purpose of this study is to learn about the experiences of Gulf War Veterans regarding illness, treatment, and care. By sharing your story, you will help VA researchers, doctors, and nurses learn more about the issues that matter most to patients.

For more information about participation, please call Kara at 503-220-8262 ext. 55672.

This research study does not involve clinical visits or treatments of any kind.


Study / IRB# 4221
Effect of Genotype on Resting State Connectivity During Methamphetamine Administration

Link to study details.

Who:
 Participants must be Veterans who are…

  • Be between 18 and 55 years old
  • Currently using methamphetamine that is not prescribed to you OR have no history of methamphetamine dependence and have tried a stimulant in the past (i.e. methamphetamine, Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Vyvanse)
  • Be in good general health
  • Have no foreign metal objects in your body (except metal from medical procedures)

Where: Portland VA Medical Center, 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239.

When: May 2018 until date to be determined

Why: By participating you will be contributing to research that will benefit Veterans and others in the future. This study is for research purposes and is not treatment.

For more information, contact the Hoffman Lab at 503-721-7964


Study / IRB# 18176
Brain Function and Connectivity in Methamphetamine Dependence: The Link to Neuroinflammation and the effect of Ibudilast

Link to study details.

Who:
 Participants must be Veterans who are…

  • Be between 18 and 55 years old
  • Have no foreign metal objects in your body (except metal from medical procedures)
  • Have not participated in an investigational drug study in the past 3 months
  • Have no history of a bleeding disorder
  • Not currently taking anticoagulants
  • Have a recent history of methamphetamine dependence OR have no history of drug or alcohol dependence

Where: Portland VA Medical Center, 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239.

When: May 2018 until date to be determined

Why: By participating you will be contributing to research that will benefit Veterans and others in the future. This study is for research purposes and is not treatment.

For more information, contact the Hoffman Lab at 503-721-7964


Study / IRB# 20939
Vesicular Intercellular Communication in Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Link to study details.

Who:
Participants must be Veterans who are…

  • Between 18 and 60 years old
  • Have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or have no history of schizophrenia
  • No significant neurological diagnoses

Where: Portland VA Medical Center, 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239.

When: March 2020 until date to be determined

Why: By participating you will be contributing to research that will benefit Veterans and others in the future. This study is for research purposes and is not treatment.


Study #3925 
Exercise for Multiple Sclerosis Spasticity Management.

Link to study details.

Who: Veterans and Non Veterans! Participants must ...

·    be at least 18 years old
·    have a diagnosis of definite multiple sclerosis (MS)
·    have spasticity in the legs that interferes with daily activities and/or sleep:
     -   with unusual tightening of muscles that feels like leg stiffness
     -   jumping of the legs
     -   repetitive bouncing of the foot
     -   muscles cramping in the legs
     -   legs going out tight and straight, or
     -   legs drawing up
·    be able to walk at least 25 feet with or without any equpment

Where: Portland VA Medical Center, 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239.

When: January 2020 until date to be determined.

Why: By participating you will be contributing to research that will benefit Veterans and others in the future. This study is for research purposes and is not treatment.


Study #3712
Uncovering Physiological Markers of Hidden Hearing Loss

Paid research opportunity for Veterans who are 19-35 years old and who can attend one, 2-hour screening and 4-6 test sessions.

The purpose of this study is to develop new clinical tests that can better detect hearing damage.

The test sessions will take 2-3 hours each and will include questionnaires and a series of hearing tests.

Veterans can earn $30 for the screening visit and $30-45 per test session.

Click for details / flyer more information on this study

Study #3967
HCV and Co-morbid Alcohol Use Disorders: A Translational Investigation of Antiviral Therapy Outcomes on CNS Function

Paid research opportunity for Veterans who are at least 21 years old and who can attend four appointments at the Portland VA Medical Center.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of direct acting antiviral (DAA) therapy on brain function and to understand how alcohol use may affect recovery.

The study involves four in-person visits with research staff over the course of six months. Study visits include neuropsychological assessments, neuroimaging, and lab measures.

Veterans can earn $180 if they complete all of the scheduled visits.

Click this link for more information. 


Study #3871
Neurobiology of Alcohol and Nicotine Co-Addiction.

Link to study details / flyer for current smokers.

Link to study details / flyer for alcohol dependent individuals.

Who:
Participants must ...

Where: Portland VA Medical Center, 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, Portland, OR 97239.

When: August 2017 until date to be determined.

Why: By participating you will be contributing to research that will benefit Veterans and others in the future. This study is for research purposes and is not treatment.