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Research / Research Participation

 

 

 

Research Participation

Research at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton relies on the involvement of researchers, clinicians, allied health professionals and research participants. Without research participants, researchers cannot successfully test the effectiveness of new drugs, treatments and therapies.

The video below outlines how clinical research studies can improve the treatments and care that patients receive.

Clinical research studies often try to evaluate:

  • if a certain drug is useful in treating a given illness
  • if the treatment of an illness improves with a different dose of medication
  • if a drug that is already available can also treat another disease
  • if participant responses and involvement can help researchers to better understand the causes and effects of illnesses

The public is encouraged to be a part of the clinical research process and help our researchers to answer these questions.  As an academic health sciences centre, visitors and patients may be asked to participate in research.  Some studies recruit participants to fill out questionnaires or participate in diagnostic tests, while others involve the evaluation of new medications and treatments. By taking part in research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, participants are helping researchers improve the quality of life of patients at SJHH and around the world.

All clinical research studies at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton must be approved by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HiREB) to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants involved.  HiREB is a group of scientists, clinicians and ethicists who review the ethical and scientific merits of any study involving humans.

If you are interested in participating in respiratory research, please visit the Pulmonary Research Registry webpage to learn more about being contacted for current and future studies.

If you are interested in taking part in other types of research at St. Joe's, ask your caretaker or physician about getting involved and see the list of recruiting research studies below. 

 

Currently Recruiting Research Studies

 

Bringing life into COVID: The impact of the stress of pandemic on pregnancy

Are you pregnant? Have you given birth within the last 6 weeks, and were pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic? Researchers at McMaster University/Hamilton Health Sciences/St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton are looking for pregnant women/new mothers to take part in a research study looking at the impact of the stress of the pandemic on pregnancy and birth. You will be asked to complete 4 surveys at different times during your pregnancy and your baby’s first year.

Please visit https://obsgynresearch.mcmaster.ca/surveys/?s=9RAP9MWKYE for more information.

This study has been reviewed by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board under Project #10872.

Investigators: Dr. Lea Luketic, Dr. Sarah Scattolon, Dr. Sapna Sharma, Dr. Alison Shea

 


  

Do you have IBS, IBD, or are Healthy (no gastrointestinal disease)? 

We are looking for individuals with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory boweI disease (IBD), and healthy individuals (without underlying gastrointestinal disease) to donate their stool (plus blood and urine, annually for 4 years) to the IMAGINE study. This research will help discover new treatment therapies that may help those suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and/or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).​ 

​To learn more about this study, please contact Bianca at: bdisabat@stjosham.on.ca

Download the Study Recruitment Poster for More Information

 


 

ARE YOU PREGNANT OR POSTPARTUM?

Join our research study! Our study focuses on validating a questionnaire for use in pregnant and postpartum women to help in early detection of anxiety symptoms.

You may be eligible for this study if you are:

  • 18 years or older
  • Pregnant or postpartum

Participants will be compensated $20 plus parking! To learn more about this study contact Melissa at: 905-522-1155 Ext. 36369 | Email: mfurtado@stjoes.ca

This project has been reviewed by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (Project #7568)

 


 

NEURO ALC STUDY

Are you 21 to 55 years old? Do you regularly drink alcohol?

You may be eligible for a research study investigating brain function in relation to alcohol involvement. Participation in this study will involve:

  • A baseline session comprised of a series of questionnaires and computerized tasks 
  • an MRI scan session and assessment
  • some participants will be invited to meet with a study clinician to get feedback on their alcohol use
  • those individuals will also complete a 1-month and 3-month follow up visit 

To find out if you are eligible, call 905-522-1155 ex. 36352 or email neuroalc@mcmaster.ca

NEURO ALC Info Sheet

 


 

Pregnant or Postpartum?

We are studying perinatal mental health through an online research study. Please consider participating in this study if you:

  • are 18 years or older
  • are pregnant or up to 12 months postpartum

You will answer questionnaires online that inquire about your mental health and other related factors. Your participation in this study is greatly appreciated.

If interested, please contact Divya Prasad at: dprasad@stjoes.ca or call 905-522-1155 ext. 39543.

 


 

Emotional Reactivity Study 

Do you have a past history of Bipolar Disorder (BD) or a past history of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), or are a healthy person? 

We are studying emotional reactions to various images, and how individuals with MDD and BD may differ in their reactions to emotional and neutral images. 

You may be eligible for this study if you are: 

  • between the ages 16-45
  • in good health with a stable mood for the past 2 months
  • not pregnant

Participants will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card upon study completion. Participants will also be compensated with a parking pass or bus ticket for both the first and second visit to help cover transportation costs.

This study will take place at the Mood Disorders Research Unit at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton - West 5th Campus and will involve two visits (150 min + 60 min). 

For more details and how to enrol, please call 905-522-1155 ext. 39543 or email either one of the following three researchers: 

 


  

Learning & Decision Making Studies

Are you a healthy person, gambler, or cannabis user over 18 years old?

If so, contact us at The Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. We are conducting studies looking at how people learn and make decisions.

If you are eligible to take part in both studies, you could receive up to $160 in gift cards for your time and effort.

If interested, contact us at 905-522-1155 ext 39616 or email at motivation@stjoes.ca

View the flyer here.

 


 

Brain Imaging Study - Bipolar Disorder or Depression

Do you suffer from bipolar disorder or depression? Are you currently depressed?

You may be eligible for this study if you:

  •  Are between 16-45 years old
  • Are currently depressed

Study provides psychiatric treatment, parking passes and travel reimbursement and $200 compensation upon study completion

For more details and how to enroll, please call or email Patricia at:

(905) 522-1155 Ext. 39178 or plukus@stjoes.ca

 


 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Do you have COPD and have experienced exacerbations in the past 12 months?

This study involves the use of an investigational drug for COPD, in the form of injection, as a supplemental therapy in addition to standard of care medications.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Have a diagnosis of COPD of at least 1 year
  • Have had an exacerbation requiring hospitalization or have had 2 or more exacerbations requiring antibiotics and/or prednisone in the past twelve months
  • Are between the ages of 40 and 75

 

If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact Liz Johnson, research coordinator at 905-522-1155 ext. 35121 or ljohnson@stjoes.ca. This study will take place on the 3rd floor of the Juravinski Innovation Tower, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (50 Charlton Ave E.)

 


 

Menopause and the Brain

This weekly group is for women ages 40-65 who are experiencing menopausal symptoms and difficulties with their thinking (e.g., attention, memory). Participants will learn about menopause the brain, strategies for cognitive difficulties, and ways to develop and maintain healthy a lifestyle during the menopausal transition.

Therapists:

Dr. Elena Ballantyne, Clinical Neuropsychologist
Dr. Jelena King, Clinical Neuropsychologist

Where:

Clinical Neuropsychology Service at the West 5th Campus

When:

Sessions are held weekly for 5 weeks. Each session is 2 hours in length beginning in March 2019 from 4-6pm.

Contact:

Dr. Ballantyne: 905-522-1155 ext: 39366
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton; West 5th Campus
Clinical Neuropsychology Service

Research:

This group is part of a research study. Participants are asked to complete tests assessing their thinking skills and to complete several questionnaires before and after participation.

 


 

PREGNANT or POSTPARTUM? Experiencing Anxiety or Depression?

This study is looking at the role of emotions in women who are pregnant or postpartum and are experiencing anxiety and/or depression.

Please consider participating in this study if you:

  • Are pregnant or postpartum (up to 12 months postpartum)
  • Experience anxiety, low mood, depression, and/or irritability 

You will participate in a 2 hour session consisting of an assessment (1 hour); and if eligible, completing questionnaires about emotions and participate in a task measuring emotional response (1 hour). You will be compensated $10 for completing the assessment and $10 for completing the questionnaires and the task on emotional responses.

If interested, please phone the Women's Health Concerns Clinic (WHCC) at (905) 522-1155, ext. 33439. This study will take place at the Women's Health Concerns Clinic, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.

 


 

HEALTHY WOMEN NEEDED for STUDY ON EMOTIONS

This study is looking at the role of emotions in women who have never been pregnant or have had children.

Please consider participating in this study if you:

  • Have never been pregnant or had children
  • Are otherwise in generally good health and do not experience any mental health concerns

You will participate in a 2 hour session consisting of an assessment (1 hour); and if eligible, completing questionnaires about emotions and participate in a task measuring emotional response (1 hour). You will be compensated $10 for completing the assessment and $10 for completing the questionnaires and the task on emotional responses.

If interested, please phone the Women's Health Concerns Clinic (WHCC) at (905) 522-1155, ext. 33439. This study will take place at the Women's Health Concerns Clinic, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.

 


 

Aggression

Researchers at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and UHN-Toronto Western Hospital are conducting a study about how an investigational drug affects performance on aggression tasks and aggression-related psychology testing. This may one day help us to treat anger and aggression more effectively using a medication.

Click on the thumbnail below for more information:

  


 

Understanding Problems related to Sexual Behaviour

The Sexual Behaviours Clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is seeking healthy, English-speaking adult males (ages 18-65) to participate in a study of sexual behaviour and response. This research will contribute to the understanding of problems with sexual behaviour and interest. Research participants will be asked to attend the Sexual Behaviours Clinic at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton for approximately four hours. Participants will be compensated for their time. If you are interested in participating or want more information please contact: Christina at the SBC.

Sexual Behaviours Clinic
905-522-1155, extension: 35422
coliveir@stjoes.ca



 

Autism Spectrum 

Have you been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD, autism, PDD-NOS, or Asperger's Syndrome)?

Are you between 18-45 years of age?

Researchers at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton are currently conducting clinical trials to investigate whether Intranasal Oxytocin helps to improve symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically social functioning and repetitive behaviours.

To learn more about this study, please contact: Iulia Patriciu at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton at 905-522-1155 ext. 39774 or via email at ipatrici@mcmaster.ca.

 


 

Brain Imaging in Bipolar Disorder

This study uses brain imaging techniques to study brain structure, specifically myelin content, in order to better understand cognitive function in individuals with Bipolar Disorder.

You may be eligible if you are a male or female:

  • Between the ages of 16-45
  • With a confirmed/suspected diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder 

Participants are compensated up to $300 for their time.

For more information, please contact Maya Kovacheff at mkovache@stjoes.ca or 905-522-1155 ext 39526.