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  • Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine

  • Participate in a Research Study

  • Visit The Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center for additional studies.


    Physical Activity Research Center

    We ♥ Fitness

    Want to get in shape and discover a healthier lifestyle? Have you tried exercising but have trouble getting started?

    The “We ♥ Fitness” program is looking for healthy adults, age 18 and older, to test a new exercise program. Our program provides 12 weeks of personal training using standard aerobic exercise equipment or exercise videogames. All study participants will get advanced health testing including cardiovascular fitness testing, a cholesterol check and body composition analysis. There is no cost for participating.

    If you are age 18 or older, in generally good health, and don’t exercise regularly, give us a call to see if you are eligible. For additional information, or to see if you are eligible, contact the We ♥ Fitness staff at 401-578-9268.


    Other Research Participation Opportunities

    BAM BAM Study (Behavior and Mood of Babies and Mothers)

    Are you pregnant?

    We are looking for healthy, smoking and non-smoking, pregnant women between 12 and 28 weeks into their pregnancy. We are interested in learning how mother’s behaviors and feelings during pregnancy influence the behaviors of her baby.

    You will be compensated for your time and may receive a DVD of your baby from a non-diagnostic ultrasound.

    If you are interested in learning more about the BAM BAM Study, please call us at 401-793-8120 or email us at BamBam@lifespan.org.

     

    CHATSS (Child and Adolescent Thoughts in Social Situations)

    A) Research study for girls ages 10-17  

    The Miriam Hospital is looking for adolescent girls, ages 10-17, to participate in an MRI chatroom research study. The study will look at how girls respond to different social tasks.

    Girls will complete two afternoon sessions and two follow-up sessions at The Miriam Hospital and one afternoon session at Brown University. Both the girl and one parent will be compensated for their time.

    Contact Bridget at 401-793-8147 or CHATSS@lifespan.org if interested.

    B) Research study for depressed girls ages 10-17  

    Are you the parent of a girl between 10 and 17 who has been feeling depressed or down but is not taking medications? If so, you and your daughter may be eligible to participate in an MRI chatroom research study. The study will look at how girls respond to different social tasks.

    Girls will complete two afternoon sessions and two follow-up sessions at The Miriam Hospital and one afternoon session at Brown University. Both the girl and parent will be compensated for their time.

    Contact Bridget at 401-793-8147 or CHATSS@lifespan.org if interested.

    C) Are you a parent of a girl who is 10-17 years old? Have you ever experienced depression?  

    If so, you and your daughter may be eligible to participate in an MRI chatroom research study. The study will look at how girls respond to different social tasks. This study does not involve any medications or treatments.

    Girls will complete two afternoon sessions and two follow-up sessions at The Miriam Hospital and one afternoon session at Brown University. Both the girl and parent will be compensated for their time.

    Contact Bridget at 401-793-8147 or CHATSS@lifespan.org if interested.


    Smoking Studies

  • The ABLE Project (Active Behaviors for Living Empowered)

    A Program for Smokers with Mobility Impairments

    Are You a Smoker? And do you use a cane, wheelchair, scooter, brace, walker, etc. to help you get around?

    You may be eligible to participate in The Miriam Hospital's health and wellness research program that includes quitting smoking!

    You do not have to want to quit smoking in order to participate!

    You will receive:

    • A state of the art health research program mailed to your home
    • 8 weeks of nicotine patches at no cost if medically eligible
    • Reimbursement for your time

    For more information, or to find out whether you are eligible, please call The ABLE Project at 401-793-8168, toll free at 1-855-401-ABLE (2253), or email ABLE@lifespan.org.


    Breatheasy

    The Miriam Hospital is looking for adult smokers to participate in an eight-week smoking cessation research program. Specialists in smoking cessation will work with qualified participants to help them quit smoking successfully.

    Participants will complete a group-based, eight-week quit smoking program combined with either a health and wellness program or a yoga program. You may be eligible if you are:

    • 18 years or older

    • Currently healthy

    • Not currently practicing yoga or mindfulness-based therapy

    • Not currently pregnant

    • Smoke at least five or more cigarettes per day, or more

    For more information, call 401-793-8223 or email breatheasy@lifespan.org.

    Participants will be paid for their time.