Research Volunteers Are Needed!

We are currently looking for research volunteers for the following studies.

If you are interested in being contacted with information when new studies begin, please contact  Janet  our study coordinator by e-mail at stroman@sympatico.ca, to be sent an information package, or you can contact Dr Patrick Stroman by e-mail at stromanp@queensu.ca, and by phone at 613-533-3245.

Studies that are currently being carried out include:

Studies that we have recently completed include:

  • Resting-state study 2 - investigations of the sources of noise, errors, etc., that can interfere with the detection of true resting-state signals
  • Resting-state study 1 - a study to help our understanding of how the spinal cord influences the pain that we feel, depending on what we expect to feel
  • Fibromyalgia study - a comparison study of women diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and women who do not have fibromyalgia, to understand the underlying changes
  • Spinal Cord Injury study - a study of people who have previously had an injury to their cervical spinal cord (neck region)
  • Why Repeated Pain Hurts More (TSSP) - a study of women with no previous injury, to understand normal pain processing
  • Interactions Between Two Sensations (AC-CPM) - a study of women with no previous injury, to understand how pain is controlled by the body
  • Mental Task Influence on Pain (RL-AMP) - a study of women with no previous injury, to understand how doing a mental task alters pain perception

Participants need to complete a screening form (specific for each study) to see if they are eligible. After reviewing the information package you can decide whether or not you want to volunteer.
It is important to know also that you can change your mind about participating at any time.
After you complete the on-line form and submit it, you will be contacted by our study coordinator.

The MRI scanning procedure is very much like other medical imaging used in hospitals, but you will not be exposed to x-rays. This MRI machine uses strong magnet and radio waves to make images of the interior of your body. You will not feel either. The MRI being used in this study is a 3 Tesla MRI that is twice that used for most clinical imaging, although 3 tesla systems are becoming more common in hospitals. The levels of magnetism and radio waves used in the MRI have not been shown to cause harmful effects. However, the MR scanner uses a very strong magnet that will attract metal. Therefore ALL metallic objects must be removed from your person before you approach the scanner.  For this study the exception is implanted metal rods, plates, screws, etc, that are used to stablize the spine, and these are safe for MR imaging.  If you have a cardiac pacemaker or a metallic clip in your body (e.g., an aneurysm clip in your brain or an I.U.D.) you should not participate in any MRI study. In addition, credit cards and other cards with magnetic strips should also be removed as these will be damaged.

Due to the very high magnetic field you should not be a subject in any MRI experiment if you: (any of the following)

  • have a history of head or eye injury involving metal fragments
  • have ever worked in a metal shop
  • have some type of implanted electrical device (such as a cardiac pacemaker or neurostimulator)
  • have implanted metal objects as a result of surgery such as artificial joints, aneurysm clips, metal staples (most spine fixation devices are MRI compatible, and will be checked on a case-by-case basis)
  • have severe heart disease (including susceptibility to arrhythmias) or any other serious illness
  • have non-removable jewelry (body piercing)
  • are, or may be, pregnant

If you have any questions contact Dr Patrick Stroman by e-mail at stromanp@queensu.ca , or by phone at 613-533-3245. 

A volunteer is being prepared for a brain fMRI study. subject preparation