Ongoing Studies

For Community Members

Are you interested in participating in a research study related to healthy aging? Take a look at the opportunities listed below and see if one is right for you.

This is a clinical trial of digital cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in adults 65 and older with insomnia and recent suicidal ideation.

Eligibility: Participants must be 1) 65 or older; 2) have insomnia or difficulty sleeping; and 3) have wanted to die or commit suicide within the past month.

Study Coordinator:

Andrew Tubbs

atubbs@email.arizona.edu

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center (UAAC) is at the forefront of exciting advancements in arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Clinical trials have been conducted at the UAAC for more than 20 years. The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) offers a great opportunity for individuals who wish to participate in clinical research.

 

Study Coordinator:

ArthritisResearch@arthritis.arizona.edu

Hispanics in the United States (US) will experience the greatest increase in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) diagnoses in the next four decades. Developing culturally sensitive neuropsychological tests could improve the early detection and treatment of AD in this population. Studies with the majority non-Hispanic white populations have shown that episodic autobiographical memory (EAM) is sensitive to aging and AD risk. Intriguingly, EAM may be a culturally appropriate measure for Hispanics, because it draws on real-world, “personalized” events as opposed to more artificial and potentially culturally loaded learning contexts. However, virtually nothing is known about EAM in Hispanics. Given that the majority of Hispanics in the US are bilingual, examining how EAM and bilingualism are related is important as well. To close this gap in knowledge, the proposed study will investigate, for the first time, (1) if episodic autobiographical memory is sensitive to age in Hispanics in the U.S., (2) if bilingualism is associated with enhanced episodic autobiographical memory in Hispanics, and (3) whether episodic autobiographical memory in Hispanics is modulated by language at encoding/retrieval or inhibition. In Aim 1, we will test the hypothesis that EAM specificity, as measured by episodic detail generation, is sensitive to age in cognitively normal Hispanics. Aim 2 will test the hypothesis that bilingualism influences EAM specificity, measured by episodic detail generation. Finally, Aim 3 will serve as an exploratory aim that will examine the influence of language use and inhibition on EAM specificity. Language use will be measured as the language used at encoding and/or retrieval and inhibition will be measured by performance on an inhibition task. Therefore, the overarching goal of the proposed research is to investigate, for the first time, EAM specificity in a US sample of bilingual and monolingual Hispanics, while examining a variety of factors that might influence overall memory performance.

Eligibility: Spanish-English Bilingual Hispanics and Monolingual English-speaking Hispanics over the age of 50.

Study Coordinator:

Mónica C. Acevedo-Molina

neuropsychologyofmemory@gmail.com

Please consider participating in a research study to help us understand grieving experience and meaning making in these unprecedented times of COVID-19 Pandemic.

Eligibility: 1. Adult 18 and Older 2. Must have lost a family member to COVID-19

Study Coordinator:

Marcela Kepic

mkepic@email.arizona.edu

The purpose of the current study is to conduct a pilot intervention study investigating the objective health outcomes and mechanisms of change in CBTi. The goal will be to recruit a sample of older adults (ages 50-65) with insomnia to receive CBTi and observe the pre-to-post treatment change in sleep (e.g., EEG, self-report) and associated changes in circadian rhythms (e.g., amplitude, core body temperature, heart rate), biomarkers (e.g., inflammation, genetic, hormonal), cognitive performance, and structural and functional MRI scans.

Eligibility: Aged 50-65, Normal hearing with or without hearing aids, Ability to speak and read English and ability to give informed consent, Possession of a computer with video and audio capabilities, Meets DSM-5 Criteria for Insomnia Disorder, Internet speed sufficient for participating in teletherapy (e.g., Zoom Health) or SHUTi (for iCBTi group), MoCA scores ≥24 will be deemed normal cognitive status and considered eligible for study participation and/or assessed by the ability to comprehend the baseline screening questionnaires, Willing to refrain from new external behavioral health or medication treatment for issues pertaining to sleep during participation in the study, and Indication that the individual plans to be in the area for the 6 months following the first baseline assessment

Study Coordinator:

ethanadamolson@arizona.edu

The Human Spatial Cognition Lab in the Psychology Department is actively recruiting healthy young and older adults to participate in research investigating the impact of healthy aging on memory and spatial navigation. Our lab uses a combination of methods to address these questions, including immersive virtual reality, eye tracking, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The goal of this research is to better understand how changes in the aging brain affect specific cognitive abilities, behavior, and wellbeing.

Eligibility: Participants must be between 18 and 35 years or 65 and 80 years of age. Have normal or corrected to normal vision with glasses/contacts. No neurological disorders or history of seizures.

Study Coordinator:

hsclab@email.arizona.edu

This will be a survey study conducted at community pharmacies in Arizona. We will collect from adults aged 50 years and older their opinions about services they would like offered through their community pharmacy. We will not ask for their name or other personal information on the survey. If the pharmacy allows for in-person interviews, we will conduct the survey in-person. If the pharmacy does not have the capacity for in-person interactions, we will provide a flyer with survey link that can be distributed to the patients by the pharmacy. The survey will take around 10 minutes with a consent information provided at the beginning for a verbal consent during in-person interaction. The consent information will be in the introduction page of the online survey. The participation is voluntary, and the participants can skip questions or stop the survey at any time they wish. The survey participation or refusal to participate will not change the services received from the community pharmacy in any way. 

Study Coordinator:

Nicole Henry

nhenry@pharmacy.arizona.edu

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