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Vol. LVIII, No. 23
November 17, 2006

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Weight and Insulin Resistance Study

Healthy Chinese, Korean and Japanese men and women volunteers between 18 and 50 years old are wanted for a study on eating and metabolism. Participation requires: two visits (one assessment visit and one follow-up visit—combined 4 hours total) including assessment of body composition, blood collection, ingestion of Ensure-plus and questionnaires; and keeping a 3-day eating diary and physical activity record. Participants will be compensated for their time. For more information call Su Kim at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, (301) 295-1371.

Healthy Children Needed

Healthy child volunteers (ages 8-12) are needed for a brain-imaging study of attention. The study consists of two visits. All procedures are non-invasive; no blood draws will be performed. Compensation is provided for each visit. For more information call Meryl Wagman at (301) 402-3893.

Avian Influenza Study

Doctors at NIH are conducting a research study (06-I-0235) to test the avian influenza vaccine and to develop an antibody-based treatment for avian flu. To participate, volunteers must be healthy, 18 to 59 years old, must be HIV-negative and not have hepatitis B or C and must meet the criteria to donate blood. As part of the study, volunteers will receive up to four doses (one or two injections) of an investigational vaccine against avian influenza, into the muscle, one month apart. Volunteers must be willing to donate plasma by plasmapheresis (a standard type of blood donation performed in the blood bank). Volunteers will be compensated. Call today to learn more: 1-800-411-1222.

Child with Behavioral Problems?

Researchers at NIMH are seeking child and adolescent volunteers with behavioral problems to participate in research studies. Your child may be eligible if he or she is between the ages of 10 and 17, is medically healthy, has had problems at home or in school (disruptiveness, anger or aggression) and doesn’t feel guilty when doing something wrong. Parents are asked to call (301) 594-8705 for more information. Participation may include behavioral observation, brain imaging and psychological interviews. No treatment will be offered. Financial compensation and transportation assistance will be provided.

Study of Influence of Genes on Brain Function

Researchers at the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch, NIMH, are seeking healthy volunteers to take part in a study that examines the role that genes play in brain function. This large genetic study has a shortage of Caucasian volunteers. Healthy Caucasian volunteers, ages 30-50, are needed to match with unaffected Caucasian siblings who have a brother or sister who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Protocol procedures will involve either 1 or 2 days of a volunteer’s time and will include a blood draw, an interview, neuroimaging and neurocognitive testing. English must be a participant’s native language. No overnight stays are required. Compensation is provided. For details call (301) 435-8970 (TTY 1-866-411-1010) or email

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