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Clinical Trials at UCLA


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Research and Clinical Trials

UCLA conducts research for a wide range of medical disorders and offers patients opportunities to participate in research and clinical trials.

Visit our Office of Clinical Trials website for more information about clinical trials.

Below are some featured trials at UCLA. Click here for a PDF of these trials. You may also visit the links to the right for additional trials from our clinical departments.

Traumatic Brain Injury Study

UCLA researchers are seeking participants with a history of brain trauma to determine differences in brain structure and cognitive abilities. This study involves two to three visits; subjects will be compensated for travel and participation and will receive clinically relevant results of their assessments.
Info: (310) 206-1319

Vulvar Pain Study

Women between the ages of 18 and 55 diagnosed with vulvodynia or vestibulodynia, or those who experience chronic pain at the opening of the vagina or surrounding area with or without intercourse, are wanted for a clinical study to help understand the physiology and genetic makeup of this chronic pain condition. Volunteers will be paid up to $130 for participation, which includes a pelvic and neurosensory pain screening and an MRI.
Info: (310) 825-5255 or uclaobgynresearch@mednet.ucla.edu

Menstrual Irregularities and PCOS Study

Women with a BMI between 18.5 and 25 both with and without Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) are being sought for a research trial. Must be Caucasian and non-Hispanic, between the ages of 18 and 35, and have not used hormones for the past three months. Participants will receive extensive free medical testing, including blood hormone measurements, diabetes screening, and ovarian and fat assessment (a small amount of fat will be removed from the abdomen). Participants with PCOS will take oral Flutamide or a placebo for six complete 28-day cycles. Women without PCOS can earn up to $300; women with PCOS can earn up to $840.
Info: (310) 825-0580 or uclaobgynresearch@mednet.ucla.edu

Memory Enhancement Training or Yoga for Older Adults

For those who are suffering from memory loss, concentration difficulties, or lack of energy, UCLA is conducting a six-month research study comparing a 60-minute weekly memory enhancement training course to yoga meditation. If you are 55 years of age or older and not currently receiving any psychiatric treatment, you may qualify. Medical and psychiatric evaluations and limited physical exams are provided as a part of the study. Participants will undergo a complete psychiatric evaluation and two functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans. Participants will be compensated.
Info: (310) 983-3375 or (310) 794-4619

Treating Fibroids with Radiofrequency Energy

Researchers at the UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology are conducting a study of an FDA-approved outpatient fibroid treatment (the Acessa device) that uses radiofrequency energy to destroy fibroid cells. If you have fibroids that cause heavy bleeding, pelvic pressure or other symptoms, you may be eligible to receive this treatment and up to $180 in gift cards for participating in the study.
Info: (310) 794-9652 or uclaobgynresearch@mednet.ucla.edu

Family Focused Treatment for Childhood OCD

This research study for children 8 to 17 years of age with OCD is studying family involvement in non medication cognitive-behavioral therapy. Eligible participants will receive 14 weeks of free treatment with cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Info: (310) 206-1350

Geriatric Depression

The UCLA Geriatric Psychiatry Program is conducting an early-phase 12-week research study to compare the effects of two FDA-approved medications, Vilazodone and Paroxetine, for the treatment of geriatric depression. This study is for those 60 years and older who are suffering from feelings of depression, sadness, hopelessness, memory loss, concentration difficulties, lack of energy, or loss of interest and pleasure in activities. A complete psychiatric evaluation will be provided, and all participants will be given one of the two study drugs. Subjects will not be charged for participation and will be compensated.
Info: (310) 983-3375 or (310) 794-4619

UCLA Aftercare Research

The Aftercare Research Program at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA will provide free treatment and assessment for participants in a clinical research study that is designed to improve the understanding of psychotic disorders and to develop more effective treatments. An initial diagnostic interview will determine a patient’s eligibility. The study will include individual case management, group therapy and the antipsychotic medication risperidone. Family members of patients will be invited to join family psychoeducational meetings. An initial period on risperidone is a requirement of this study, so a change of medication may be needed.
Info: aftercare@mednet.ucla.edu, luana@ucla.edu or (310) 206-3142

Child Anxiety Study

This research study is investigating the usefulness of a novel computer-based attention training treatment for childhood anxiety. We are seeking help from parents and children ages 8 to 17 years with social anxiety, generalized anxiety and separation anxiety. Participation involves EEG recordings and eight weeks of a non-medication attention training treatment. Parents of eligible study youth are also asked to participate in similar attention training treatment to study how their participation may improve their child’s anxiety.
Info: (310) 825-2064

Child Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Study

A novel computer-based attention training treatment is being studied for its usefulness in treating childhood OCD. We are seeking help from children ages 8 to 17 years with OCD for EEG recordings and four weeks of a non-medication attention training treatment.
Info: (310) 825-2064

Maternal Anxiety Study

Mothers who worry excessively or suffer undue stress or shyness may be eligible to participate along with their children in a study of how anxiety affects families. Mothers must have a child 8 to 15 years of age with whom they have lived for the past six months and be able to complete questionnaires in English or Spanish. Mothers and children can earn $80 for participating in a one-visit study at UCLA. You and your child are asked to complete questionnaires and perform a few tasks together while we collect data on the child’s heart rate and breathing. Interested families may be provided with clinical referrals.
Info: (310) 825-2701

Healthy, typically developing kids and teens between the ages of 9 and 17 years are invited to take part in a free research study at UCLA. Participants must speak English and live with their legal guardian. The study involves a psychological evaluation with you and your child, two computer tasks and two problem-solving tasks to see how youths perceive and think about the world. We will also collect heart rate and breathing information. The study takes approximately three hours and requires one visit to UCLA. Transportation and parking are not provided.
Info: (310) 794-2215

IUD Research Study

Join a study to evaluate the endometrium (uterine lining) of both solid organ transplant patients and normal, healthy women before and after IUD placement. Women ages 18 to 45 years who are interested in using an IUD as their form of contraception and are not pregnant are needed. Participation involves blood tests, uterine lavage, endometrial biopsy, and completion of a bleeding diary and questionnaire. The study involves two office visits over four to six weeks. Participants may receive up to $300 and parking is included.
Info: (310) 825-5961 or uclaobgynresearch@mednet.ucla.edu

Mood Swings and Bipolar Disorder

The Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program is recruiting children ages 9 to 17 to participate in a study of children at risk for bipolar disorder. Those who have mood swings or significant sadness may be eligible to participate and receive a diagnostic evaluation, family-based therapy and, when relevant, medication management from a psychiatrist.
Info: (310) 825-2836 or www.semel.ucla.edu/champ

Late Life Depression

For those who are suffering from feelings of depression, sadness, hopelessness, memory loss, concentration difficulties, lack of energy, or loss of interest and pleasure in activities, UCLA is conducting a 12-month research study using an experimental combination of two drugs and a placebo (an inactive substance). If you are 60 years of age or older, not currently receiving any psychiatric treatment with effective medications, you may qualify. Medical and psychiatric evaluations and limited physical exams are provided as a part of the study. Participants will undergo a PET scan and an MRI scan. Evaluations and study drug are provided at no charge.
Info: (310) 983-3375 or (310) 794-4619

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Research Study

UCLA researchers are seeking patients between the ages of 21 and 75 who have recently been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and have not yet started treatment to participate in a study to see how changes in brain function and structure relate to autonomic impairments. The study is also seeking healthy control participants who are in good health, non-smokers and without sleep disorders. People interested in participating will go through a screening process and those determined eligible will be enrolled in the study. Enrolled participants will be invited to do one or more of the following: MRI screening; physiological testing; simple, daily home physiological testing and brief questionnaires using a smart phone. Study participants will not be charged for the procedure and will be compensated for participation.
Info: (424) 2548252 or projectdirector@oasbrainresearch.org

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

If you are between the ages of 18 and 55 and have irritable bowel syndrome or are a healthy adult, you may qualify to participate in a UCLA research study to learn more about how IBS develops. The study consists of three visits and participants will complete a baseline assessment (including questionnaire and blood, stool, urine and saliva samples), heat sensitivity testing, brain MRI and DEXA scan. Compensation is up to $160.
Info: (310) 206-8545 or nheendeniya@mednet.ucla.edu

Pomegranate Juice Research

The UCLA Longevity Center is researching pomegranate juice to determine whether it benefits cognitive abilities in healthy older adults, ages 50 to 75. This study involves seven visits to UCLA over the course of 12-13 months. Subjects will be compensated for participation and receive clinically relevant results of assessments.
Info: (310) 825-0545


For more information about Clinical Trials offered to cancer patients, visit:
www.cancer.ucla.edu/clinical-trials or call UCLA jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) Clinical Trials Hotline at (888) 798-0719.