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Study Seeks Healthy Older Adults

Healthy older adults, ages 55-70, are invited to participate in an outpatient research study investigating the benefits of tart cherry and aroniaberry supplementation on vascular health. The goal of the study is to determine whether the supplements improve blood flow and blood vessel function that can affect your heart. Eligible participants must be medication-free and in good general health. The study will be carried out in an outpatient clinic and includes 7 visits over 3-4 months. Compensation is provided. For more information, call 1-800-411-1222 (TTY 1-866-411-1010) and refer to study 15-NR-0085 or visit

NIAID Needs Healthy Volunteers

NIAID study seeks healthy adult volunteers, 18-64 years old. Researchers want to better understand the effects of glucocorticoids on the body. These medications are commonly used to treat conditions that cause inflammation on the skin and in the body like lupus, asthma and eczema. Participants will receive one intravenous dose of a glucocorticoid and a glucocorticoid cream will be applied to a small area of the skin. Blood and skin samples will be collected. Two outpatient visits at the Clinical Center are required. Compensation provided. Contact the Office of Patient Recruitment, 1-866-444-2214 (TTY 1-866-411-1010). Refer to study 16-I-0126.  

Antidepressant Study Recruiting

Depression, ketamine and alcohol researchers are evaluating rapid antidepressant effects in the brain. This inpatient study is enrolling eligible adults ages 21 to 65, who are free of other serious medical conditions, for 4-7 weeks as research participants. Procedures may include tapering off antidepressants, a medication-free period, 2 infusions of alcohol and 1 infusion of low-dose ketamine (FDA-approved anesthetic) and 2 brain scans (MRI). No cost to participate. Compensation provided. Study enrolls participants from across the U.S. Travel arrangements provided; costs covered by NIMH. After completing the study, participants receive short-term follow-up care at NIH while transitioning back to a provider. For more info, email, or call 1-877-MIND-NIH (1-877-646-3644), TTY 1-866-411-1222. Refer to protocol 14-M-0085.

Volunteers Needed for Unipolar, Bipolar Depression Studies

Studies are enrolling eligible participants ages 18-65 with unipolar or bipolar depression symptoms for a 2-3 month inpatient stay. Study compares ketamine, an experimental medication, to placebo and evaluates rapid reduction of depressive symptoms (within hours). For details, visit or call 1-877-MIND-NIH (1-877-646-3644) TTY 1-866-411-1010, email Refer to protocol 04-M-0222.

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