Participate in a Research Study
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Infant Behavior Study
The Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine is currently enrolling participants for this research study, which will observe healthy mothers and infants in a study of infant behavior. Newborn infants and infants six-months old are eligible to participate.
The study is only open to healthy mothers with newborn infants or six-month-old infants.
Participants will be compensated for their time.
To participate in the study email InfantStudies@lifespan.org or call 401-286-6139.
The BamBam-3D Study (Behavior and Mood of Babies and Mothers—3D Ultrasound)
We are looking for healthy pregnant women who use or have used marijuana products in pregnancy or the three months prior to pregnancy for a research study. We are also looking for healthy pregnant women who do not use marijuana.
The BamBam-3D Study (Behavior and Mood of Babies and Mothers—3D Ultrasound) looks at how a mother’s behaviors and feelings during pregnancy influence the development of her baby.
After an initial telephone screen, you may be asked to participate in interviews about your habits, feelings, and health during your pregnancy. You may then participate in 3D non-diagnostic ultrasound sessions and receive a DVD of your baby. After you deliver, a researcher will complete newborn and infant exams with your baby.
Healthy pregnant women over 18 years of age who use or have used marijuana products in pregnancy or three months prior to pregnancy and healthy pregnant women over 18 years of age who do not use marijuana.
Participants will be compensated for their time.
If you are interested in learning more about the BamBam-3D research study:
3D Ultrasound Study
This study investigates how mothers' behaviors and feelings during pregnancy (including use of electronic cigarettes [e-cigs/vapes/JUULs]) influence babies' behaviors and brain development. Participants complete interviews, questionnaires and up to three non-diagnostic 3D ultrasounds over the course of their pregnancy.
- Pregnant women who use and do not use electronic cigarettes (e-cigs/vapes/JUULs, etc.).
- 18-40 years old.
- Singleton pregnancy.
- No major medical complications.
Participants are compensated for their time and receive DVDs of the ultrasounds.
If you are interested in learning more about the 3D ultrasound research study:
The MyReport research study investigates the use of e-cigs/vapes, regular cigarettes, alcohol, and/or marijuana, and stress in daily life among young adults (ages 18 to 25).
Eligible participants will visit the lab once to complete questionnaires and computer tasks, fill out daily surveys for 35 days on your personal smartphone and provide saliva samples collected at home.
Young adults (ages 18 to 25) who use e-cigarettes, regular cigarettes, alcohol, and/or marijuana
Participants are compensated for their time.
If you are interested in participating in the MyReport Study:
Broken Heart II Study
Investigators at The Miriam and Rhode Island Hospitals are recruiting for a unique research study to understand how stress affects people who have been diagnosed with takotsubo syndrome (also known as Broken Heart Syndrome) and whether a greater response to stress puts them at risk of having another episode.
- A recent diagnosis of takotsubo syndrome
- Able to speak and understand English
- Able to attend three visits at Rhode Island Hospital
Participation includes three visits at the Rhode Island Hospital, Cardiac Research Office located on the 9th floor of the Ambulatory Patient Care building.
Attend a first study visit between 2 and 4 weeks after discharge from hospital:
- We will obtain informed consent.
- We will confirm you are eligible to participate in the study.
- You will undergo detailed interview to determine possible factors that might have triggered your takotsubo syndrome episode.
- You will complete a series of questionnaires.
- We will measure your blood pressure.
Attend a second visit between 1 to 4 weeks later:
- You will be asked to recall a stressful event.
- Your heart rate and blood pressure will be monitored throughout the visit.
- Blood will be drawn 3 times (before, during, and after your recall of the stressful event) through one needle stick.
- An echocardiogram of your heart will be performed.
- A small piece of hair will be collected to measure levels of hair cortisol, a stress hormone.
Attend a third visit 1 year from enrollment:
- You will undergo another echocardiogram of your heart.
- We will ask to collect information from your medical records about your medical history, medication, and heart procedures up to 1 year after you enroll in the study.
Enrolled participants will be compensated for their time
Free parking is available.
For more information or interested in learning how to participate in the study, call 401-793-8233.