Hopkins Needs You This section is provided occasionally as a free service for Hopkins researchers seeking volunteers, but is published only as space permits. Send items to The Gazette, attn. Lynna Bright, 212 Whitehead Hall, Homewood campus, or fax items to 516-5251. Boxed ads may be purchased. Call the Gazelle Group at 560-7444. Asthma and Allergy Center Study: The center is seeking healthy volunteers ages 18 to 45, with or without a history of allergies, for a study involving free lung function testing and bronchoscopy. Subjects will be paid up to $150 upon completion of the study. For information, call 550-0551. Fetal assessment study: Healthy pregnant nonsmokers 20 or older are needed for a study involving three visits for fetal monitoring beginning at 24 weeks' gestational age. Participants will receive $50 upon study completion, plus parking reimbursement and an ultrasound photo at each visit. Call Kathleen at 955-8976. African American diabetes study: Diabetic individuals otherwise healthy, ages 30 and over, of black African descent are wanted for a study involving experimental pills. The study provides free medication, physicals, EKGs, monitoring of participant's diabetes and parking/bus tokens. For information, call Mary Lou at 955-7669. Herpes vaccine study: People 18 to 55 who are sexually active and healthy, and who have never had a genital herpes infection, are wanted for a study involving a herpes vaccine and blood drawings. Subjects will be reimbursed for their time. There will be a total of 11 follow-up visits over an 18-month period. For information, call 550-2607. Obsessive-compulsive disorder study: People 18 and older who have persistent thoughts or who go through annoying rituals may qualify for a 13- to 18-week study investigating the effectiveness of two commercially available antidepressant medications. Stress study: Individuals 18 to 55 who experience tension, worry, rapid heartbeat or fatigue may qualify for a study that includes stress-reduction treatment. PMS study: Healthy females 21 to 40 who experience any of the following symptoms--increased tension, irritability, depression, mood swings or difficulty concentrating--are wanted for a three-month study. Free assessment and counseling are provided. Adult children of alcoholics study: Women 21 to 40 whose fathers are alcoholics and are themselves social drinkers may qualify for this three-month study. The identity of the participants will be kept confidential. Physiology measuring study: The Anxiety Disorder Clinic is looking for physically healthy, generally relaxed individuals to participate in a study measuring eye blink response during low-decibel noise bursts and nonharmful electric shocks on two fingertips. The study also involves the IV injection of either Ketamine (used as an anesthetic in larger doses) or a saline placebo. The low dosage of Ketamine will not put the volunteer to sleep. Payment for participation is up to $100. For information about any of these research studies, call Colleen Hayes at 550-5098. Cataract/macular degeneration study: People 55 to 80 are wanted for a study involving random applications of vitamins, minerals or placebos and biannual ocular examinations. For information, call 955-2408. Brain imaging study: Healthy men and women 18 to 45 are needed for a brain imaging study requiring the injection of a radioisotope and an investigational drug, and three hospital visits. Participants will earn $20 per hour. For information, call Carol at 955-8501. Latex sensitivity study: Rubber latex-sensitive adults over 18 are needed to study methods for the definitive diagnosis of latex allergy. Candidates will be asked to visit the Asthma and Allergy Center for two hours to complete a questionnaire, provide a blood sample and receive a panel of latex skin tests. At completion, the subject will receive $50 and a package of alternative (nonlatex) gloves to facilitate latex avoidance. For information, call Nancy at 550-2120. Hepatitis B vaccine study: Healthy people over 40 are needed for an outpatient study of a licensed hepatitis B vaccine in those who have not previously been vaccinated. Volunteers will be paid for up to eight required visits. For information, call Kathy McCloud or Tina Speaks at 955-4054, or come to 125 Hampton House. Antibody evaluation study: Healthy nonsmokers 18 to 40 without hay fever are wanted to receive nose drops containing an antibody to protect against respiratory syncytial virus infection, a cause of respiratory illness. Volunteers help medical research and receive a travel allowance. Call 955-4054 or visit 125 Hampton House. Hair loss study: Healthy men 18 to 35 are needed for a new study for early hair loss. For an appointment, call Pam Powell at 955-9063. Genetic research study: Middle-aged and older men and women with adult onset, or Type II, diabetes are needed for a genetic research study. Participation in this study involves a single blood drawing. For information, call Kathy Barnes at 550-1824. Lipid research study: Healthy volunteers 20 to 75 are needed for a research study to test the accuracy and reliability of a new fingerstick cholesterol machine. The study requires four monthly visits to the Lipid Clinic and blood drawing on three of the four visits. Volunteers will receive a $50 stipend upon completion of the study. For information or to make an appointment, call Lisa Chester at 614-0485 or Debbie Gibson at 614-0484.
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