Johns Hopkins Gazette: November 7, 1994

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

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
     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

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

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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