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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.

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: VA Portland Health Care System, 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 ...

  • be between 18 and 55 years old
  • have no history of alcohol dependence or have a recent history of alcohol dependence
  • currently smoke cigarettes on a regular basis or have never been a regular smoker
  • have no foreign metal objects in your body (except metal from medical procedures)

Where: VA Portland Health Care System, 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.