Older Adults


Integrative Science for Healthy Aging Research Registry

PI: Julia Sheffler, PhD

We are inviting anyone aged 40 and older who is interested in being contacted for future research studies to complete a brief survey (~5) about yourself and your interest in different types of lifestyle and disease prevention research.  Information from this survey will be used by our team to help determine your eligibility for future studies and contact you with studies that may be of interest.  You are making no commitment to be involved in future studies by completing this survey.

Who Can Participate:

  • Anyone 40 years or older is eligible to complete the survey.  If you do not have access to a computer to complete the survey, a member of our team can complete it with you by phone or in-person.

Duration:

  • Around five minutes.

Compensation:

  • $5 e-gift card for completing the survey.

Primary Contact: Julia Sheffler, PhD; julia.sheffler@med.fsu.edu; 850-644-4199

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Networks Across the Lifespan

PI: Caterina Gratton, PhD

Looking for participants in a study that looks at how the brain changes across the lifespan. The study consists of collecting behavioral and MRI data.

Who Can Participate:

  • Ages 36-75 years
  • No non-removable metal
  • Native English speaker
  • No history of neurological or psychiatric disorders

Duration:

  • Up to 8 lab visits over 1-3 months

Compensation:

  • Participants may earn up to $540

Primary Contact: Gretchen; grattonlaboratory@gmail.com; 702-203-5302

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Does creatine monohydrate supplementation impact blood vessel health?

PI: Paul Baker, PhD

This research examines the possible benefits of creatine monohydrate (CM), a common sports performance supplement, on blood vessel function. Maintaining proper blood vessel function is essential for proper health and a long life. Advanced age and excess weight can all contribute to poor blood vessel health over time. Participants will consume a high-sugar meal before and after 5 days of creatine monohydrate/placebo supplementation and have multiple measures of vascular health assessed.

Who Can Participate:

  • Men and women who are 18-70 years old with a body mass index that puts them into an overweight/obese category
  • Individuals should be residing in the Tallahassee area
  • Not on any blood pressure or glucose-lowering medication
  • Not smoking or vaping

Duration:

  • Two study periods of 11 days with a 4-week washout period

Compensation:

  • $200 upon study completion

Primary Contact: Paul Baker; pab18df@fsu.edu; 606-547-2521

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Supporting Physical & Mental Health in Veterans with Heart Failure (CARE-HF)

PI: Lucinda J. Graven, PhD, APRN, FAHA, FAAN

We are inviting veterans with heart failure to participate in a 12-week tailored intervention delivered by a registered nurse over the telephone, designed to improve problem-solving, and support physical and mental health in the home. As a component of the intervention, tailored heart failure self-care education will be provided.

Who Can Participate:

  • This study is open to all US Veterans who have been diagnosed with heart failure (rural and urban residents). All participants must be English-Speaking.

Duration:

  • Eight telehealth sessions over 12 weeks. These sessions are conducted weekly for the first month and every other week for the next two months.

Compensation:

  • Up to $100 gift card, based on study completion.

Primary Contact: Lucinda J. Graven, PhD, APRN, FAHA, FAAN; lgraven@fsu.edu; 850-644-5601

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Resistance Exercise Training Modulation of Fat Metabolism in Obese Postmenopausal Women

PIs: Robert Hickner, PhD, and Michael Ormsbee, PhD

This study examines changes in body composition, physical fitness, and metabolism in postmenopausal women after completing 12 weeks of either resistance or aerobic exercise training.

Who Can Participate:

  • Women between the ages of 50-70 years old who have completed menopause, have excess body fat, and are at risk of developing type II diabetes
  • Prospective subjects should not be on any medications to treat chronic disease conditions, not currently partaking in exercise, nor have any cardiorespiratory or musculoskeletal condition that would limit their ability to exercise.

Duration:

  • 12 weeks

Compensation:

  • Up to $1,000 upon study completion

Primary Contact: Cameron McCarthy; cmm21n@fsu.edu; 770-533-0364

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The Effect of Speech Rehabilitation Based on Mobile Application for People with Dysarthria After Stroke: A Single-center, Investigator-blinded, Randomized, Cross-Over Trial

PI: Yunjung Kim, PhD

This study develops and tests a smartphone application to be used for speech therapy for stroke survivors. The application allows patients to receive personalized treatment remotely, as an effort to improve accessibility and convenience of speech rehabilitation services.

Who Can Participate:

  • Stroke survivors who are 18 years or older with speech intelligibility deficits.
  • Individuals who have no problems using a smartphone application (physically and cognitively).
  • Native speakers of English who can read and write.
  • Individuals without other neurological conditions (e.g. dementia, Pick's disease, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, or Parkinsonism)
  • Individuals without severe mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia, severe depression, alcohol or substance abuse disorders).

Duration:

  • Individuals will actively participate in a 4-week clinical trial of our remote speech therapy program using the application, which will be installed to your cellphone for free.

Compensation:

  • $200 upon study completion

Primary Contact: Courtney Wilkinson; cew19e@fsu.edu; 904-451-7992

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Mindfulness-based meditation for older adults with chronic low back pain

PI: Jie Chen, PhD

We are doing this research to evaluate if home-based mindfulness-based meditation (MBM) can reduce pain and symptoms among community-dwelling older adults with chronic low back pain.

Who Can Participate:

  • Adults aged 50 years and older who have low back pain.

Duration:

  • Participation will include practicing meditation at home over the course of 8-weeks, completing questionnaires about your pain, undergoing a sensory assessment, having your cheek swab, blood drawn and stool sample.

Compensation:

  • Up to $150 upon study completion

Primary Contact: Jie Chen, PhD; jc22db@fsu.edu; 850-645-0657

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Exercise and Thinking and Learning Disabilities

PI: Tingting Liu, PhD, RN, FAAN

We invite you to take part in this research study because people with type 2 diabetes are at higher risk for developing thinking and learning disability, and they are also at increased risk of developing structural and functional alterations in their brains. Exercise may help with improving thinking and learning disability and your brain health as well. Therefore, we want to test how easy an exercise program can help you improve your learning and thinking abilities and brain health.

Who Can Participate:

  • Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes
  • Speak English
  • Age 50 years and older
  • Physically inactive
  • No depressive symptoms

Duration:

  • Participation will include a time commitment of 2.5 hours per week for 3 months. Study activities will be in-person at FSU campus.

Compensation:

  • A $15 gift card for each scheduled exercise session.

Primary Contact: Tingting Liu, PhD, RN, FAAN; tliu5@fsu.edu; 850-644-6011

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LGBTQ Retirement Planning Study

PI: Koji Ueno, PhD

A research team invites LGBTQ people to participate in an interview study that focuses on their thoughts and plans for retirement as well as their experiences of retirement transitions.

Who Can Participate:

  • Identify as non-heterosexual or non-cisgender
  • Age between 60 and 75
  • Currently working (Those who have previously retired are not eligible for the study, even if they are currently working.)
  • Live in the United States

Duration:

  • One 60 minute virtual interview over Zoom.

Compensation:

  • $25 Amazon gift card

Primary Contact: Koji Ueno, PhD; kueno@fsu.edu; 850-273-8108‬

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How Does My Brain Hear? Speech Understanding and Emotion Perception

PI: Zilong Xie, PhD

A research team invites you to participate in a research study to investigate how our brains process speech sounds as we age. In this study, you will listen and respond to speech sounds in a quiet room. You may also undergo testing of brain responses, in which sensors will be placed on your head to record brain waves specific to hearing.

Who Can Participate:

  • Aged 18 years and older
  • Native English speaker
  • Normal or corrected-to-normal vision
  • Normal or near-normal hearing
  • No history of psychiatric or neurological disorders
  • No history of use of psychiatric medication

Compensation:

  • $15 hourly stipend

Primary Contact: Hayley Krush; hearlab@cci.fsu.edu; 850-645-3174

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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at 11:46 AM