Research and Clinical Trials
UCLA conducts research for a wide range of medical disorders and
offers patients opportunities to participate in research and
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.
UCLA Aftercare Research Program
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or (310) 206-3142 www.semel.ucla.edu/aftercare
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 who are suffering from feelings of depression, sadness, hopelessness, memory loss, concentration difficulties, lack of energy, or loss of interest and pleasure in activities. All participants will be given the study drug, either Vilazodone or Paroxetine. A complete psychiatric evaluation will be provided. Subjects will not be charged for participation and will be compensated. Participants must be 60 years or older and experiencing symptoms of depression.
Info: (310) 983-3375 or (310) 794-4619
Treating Fibroids with Radiofrequency Energy
Researchers at UCLA are conducting a study of a new FDA-approved minimally invasive outpatient fibroid treatment called Acessa. If you have fibroids that cause heavy bleeding, pelvic pressure or any other significant symptoms, you may be eligible to participate. You will receive gift cards up to $180 for participation.
Info: (310)794-9652 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Study on Fitness and Memory
This project is designed to study the relationship between physical fitness, memory and the brain. People with memory complaints ages 60 to 89 are encouraged to participate. This study involves cognitive evaluations, brain MRIs and wearing activity monitors four times over the course of 18 months. Subjects will be compensated for participation and receive clinically relevant results of assessments.
Info: (310) 206-7392
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 two functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans. A complete psychiatric evaluation will be provided. Participants will be compensated.
Info: (310) 794-9523 or (310) 794-4619
Memory and Exercise Training (MET) Study
This project is designed to study the relationship of simultaneous exercise and memory training. Volunteers 60 to 75 years of age, in good health and living independently are encouraged to participate. The study will involve memory training, memory testing and physical exercise over the course of 14 weeks. Subjects will be compensated for participation and receive clinically relevant results of assessments.
Info: (310) 825-0545
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Research Study
UCLA researchers are seeking patients between the ages of 21 to 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, and non-smokers 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 scanning; physiological testing; simple, daily home physiological testing, and brief questionnaires using a smart phone. Study participants will not be charged for any study procedure and will be compensated for participation.
Info: (323) 362-8818 or email@example.com
Pomegranate Juice Study
The UCLA Longevity Center is studying the effect of pomegranate juice on memory. Volunteers between the ages of 50 and 75 are needed. The study lasts one year and includes five visits to UCLA and $300 compensation for participation.
Info: (310) 825-0545
Stroke / EDAS Revascularization for Intracranial Arterial Stenosis
Patients suffering strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIA or mini-strokes) due to narrowing of the arteries of the brain may benefit from interventions to create new paths for the flow of blood to the brain. Medical management alone has been associated with very high risk of recurrent stroke and death. EDAS surgery is a form of minimally invasive management that can induce new vessel formation to bring additional blood flow to the brain preventing stroke.
Info: (310) 825-5154
UCLA researchers are seeking women ages 18 to 55 to help understand brain activity changes associated with a chronic pain condition called vulvodynia. Women who have been diagnosed with vulvodynia or vestibulodynia, or those with chronic pain around the opening of the vagina, may be eligible to participate. Participation includes a pelvic exam, sensitivity testing and MRI scans. Volunteers can earn up to $130 for participating.
Info: (310) 825-5255 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Autonomic Nervous System Regulation in Heart Failure
Research study seeks women and men 40 to 65 years old who have a diagnosis of heart failure to participate in a brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study investigating relationships between the brain and symptoms of heart failure. Participation involves a single three-hour visit at UCLA to undergo a non contrast brain MRI and complete questionnaires. Study eligibility will be determined during a brief telephone screening prior to participation. Eligible participants will be compensated up to $200 plus parking.
Info: (424) 256-5269 or (310) 794-4429; email@example.com
Brain Axonal Injury in Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This research study seeks women and men 30 to 60 years old with untreated, moderate-to-severe, recently diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) based on a sleep study to participate in a brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study examining possible relationships between OSA and structural changes in the brain. Participation involves a single three-hour visit at UCLA to undergo a non-contrast brain MRI and complete questionnaires. Study eligibility will be determined during a brief telephone screening prior to participation. Eligible participants will be compensated up to $200 plus parking.
Info: (424) 256-5269; firstname.lastname@example.org
Menstrual Irregularities and PCOS Study
UCLA researchers are seeking women with and without Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). To be eligible, women must be Caucasian and non-Hispanic, between the ages of 18 and 35, have body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 25, and have not used hormones (i.e., birth control pills or a Mirena IUD) for the past three months. Participants will receive extensive free medical testing including blood hormone measurements, diabetes screening, ovarian and fat assessment. A small amount of fat will be removed from the abdomen and blood will be drawn for research purposes. Only women with PCOS will take an oral pill that contains either the drug Flutamide or a placebo (sugar pill) for six complete 28-day cycles. The free medical testing will be repeated at the end of the study. Women without PCOS may earn up to $300 and women with PCOS may earn up to $840.
Info: (310) 825-0580; or email@example.com
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or call UCLA jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) Clinical
Trials Hotline at (888) 798-0719.