Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Feed Science

Recently, a psychologist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center contacted me, seeking participants for a study. I told her I'd post the study information on my site, since I support the scientific exploration of e.d.'s and since it's an opportunity for those who struggle with e.d.'s to learn about themselves and earn a little cash on the side. So, if you're in the NYC area and are 12-21 years old (or know anyone who is), check it out:

I am conducting an NIMH-funded, IRB-approved study of adolescents with Bulimia Nervosa (BN). I am recruiting adolescent girls between the ages of 12 and 21. If they decide to participate, they will be asked to fill out surveys and answer questions about their medical history, moods and behavior. At this point, they will also receive a psychiatric interview from an experienced psychiatrist in our Eating Disorders Clinic. A one hour MRI scan of the brain will follow in which we will acquire both anatomical and functional images. The functional images will be acquired while they perform a simple task/game in the scanner. MRI does not involve any radiation exposure; it is an extremely safe and painless imaging modality. The scans, surveys and any other information provided will be kept strictly confidential. In addition, the patients will be compensated for participation with a payment of $100. Participation in this study is entirely voluntary.

Prospective participants can call the research assistant herself at (212)543-5151 and schedule an appointment to come in.


Treena said...

I just wanted to say that I did participate in studies through the NYSPI/Columbia program, and in fact, they saved my life more than one time. I would recommend anyone to their program/studies, as they are doing amazing work!

PalmTreeChick said...

That's great to hear Treena. I think it would be cool to do a study, however I don't fit the criteria for this one.

Anonymous said...

Just to remind everyone - and share the info with new people:

Research Study Using MRI to Investigate the Development of Bulimia Nervosa


Do you have Bulimia Nervosa? Would you like to participate in a research study?

12-21 yrs old

All ethnic groups
A diagnosis of BN or sub-threshold BN

The study will take place at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive in Manhattan.

Participation in our study will include a visit that will require 4-5 hours of her time and include interviews, games and puzzles, and an MRI.
The total compensation will be $100 per person. For more information please call the Eating Disorders Clinic at 212-543-5151 and mention the BN MRI study.

The benefit of this research is that it will further our understanding of the neurobiological factors that may lead to the development and persistence of Bulimia