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Our research would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of the volunteers who participate in our studies. Our research studies are always seeking more Veteran and Non-Veteran volunteers to partner with Scientists and Researchers in order to advance the health of Veterans through taking part in innovative research.

Each study may provide compensation for your time and travel.  Find out more about currently enrolling paid research studies below:

Brain Imaging Study
Goal: To better understand schizophrenia by utilizing brain imaging techniques like MRI, EEG, and TMS.  Participation involves completing computerized cognitive tasks and clinical assessments. Appointments can be scheduled at the participant’s convenience.
Target population: Individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and healthy comparison participants
Compensation: $20/hr
Contact: 415-221-4810 ext. 26403

BRAVE Training Study

Many older Veterans have experienced head injury (also known as Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI) at some point in their lives, either during military service or as civilians. Some studies suggest TBI may have long-term consequences in aging. We are conducting the Brain Aging in Veterans (BRAVE) Training Study in order to understand whether computer games can improve thinking skills among older Veterans with past head injury/TBI.
Eligiblity: You may be eligible if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • Are a US Military Veteran
  • Are 60 to 85 years old
  • Have had at least one past head injury/TBI

Compensation: $90-$110
Contact: Maria-Paulina Amaya  415-221-4810 ext. 25197
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Rest Study
Researching the Effectiveness of a Sleep Treatment
Goal: This clinical trial is testing the effect of doxazosin, an FDA-approved medication which may help alleviate symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder including distressing dreams. Study participation includes seven nights of home sleep monitoring, and up to eight weeks of treatment and assessment. During that time, participants will be closely monitored by the study physician.
Compensation: up to $430
Contact: 415-221-4810 ext. 23809
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Stress and Learning Study

Goal: Studying the effectiveness of medications on responses to a laboratory task in people with and without symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In this study, participants will be asked to complete a simple learning and memory task by computer that involves a mild electrical pulse and will take a single dose of one of the medications (Hydrocortisone or D-Cycloserine (DCS)) or a placebo (non-active) pill one time prior to one of the computer learning sessions.

We believe that this study will advance our understanding of service-related stress in Veterans returning from service and that these findings may help us develop better treatments in the future. Our goal is to demonstrate that Hydrocortisone and DCS can improve stress responding during a task.
Compensation: up to $155
Contact: 415-221-4810 ext. 25116
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Stress and Resilience Study (SRS)
- Ongoing since 2014
Goal: To better understand post-traumatic stress, and to develop new and more effective treatments. Study participants will be asked to make 4 visits to the San Francisco VA Medical Center, complete a computerized learning task which involves a mild electrical pulse, and provide a blood sample prior to the computer tasks.
Compensation: up to $225
Contact: 415-221-4810 ext. 25116
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TAP2 Study
Topiramate Alcohol PTSD Study
Goal: To improve the treatment of veterans with co-occurring alcohol dependence and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Study participation includes taking study capsules every day for 12 weeks, receive 3 months of brief, weekly counseling for alcohol, get a general physical exam and lab tests, complete questionnaires about your health and drinking.
Compensation: Up to $470
Contact: 415-221-4810 ext. 24495
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Vets Return Home AIMS Study

Goal: To understand combat-related mental health, physical and cognitive concerns among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in order to find better ways to help OEF/OIF veterans..
Compensation: up to $120
Contact: 415-750-2230
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Vets Return Home OPTI Study
Goal: The Optimizing Pain Treatment Interventions (OPTI) Study is a pilot randomized controlled trial to test a new technique for reducing opioid risk and improving pain control in Veterans with chronic pain.  The study aims to help Veterans find other medications and techniques to successfully manage their chronic pain.  All participants will work with our study’s Care Manager and their Primary Care Providers to develop Pain Care Plans to help them better manage pain.
Compensation: up to $100
Contact: 415-750-2230

Veterans Group Exercise
(not currently recruiting)
Goal: To better understand how Integrative Exercise might help reduce stress symptoms and sleep disturbances in patients with service-related stress. This new evidence-based program has been carefully tailored to match the training, culture, and experiences of Veterans. Compensation: up to $480
Contact: 415-221-4810 ext. 23085
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Virtual Worlds Study (not currently recruiting)
Building competency among a primary care workforce to better detect symptoms and manage post-traumatic stress symptoms and motivate treatment engagement in our warfighters. The study will improve upon existing online training by designing a virtual world platform that is fully interactive and engaging; that uses gold standard methods to evaluate provider and patient outcomes; and is developed within an implementation framework that will allow for rapid scale-up and national dissemination.
Target Population:
Primary care providers caring for Veterans
Compensation: CME credits
Contact: 415-221-4810 x22381

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