Baylor College of Medicine is recruiting participants for the Normative Neuroimaging Library study at the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), located in the Texas Medical Center (TMC). We’re looking for typically developing, healthy adults, 18-65 years of age that were not born prematurely, and do not have a history of neurological or severe psychiatric disorder, traumatic brain injury or concussion, or substance misuse. Participants cannot be pregnant or have issues that would make MRI unsafe (e.g., metal in the body) or uncomfortable (e.g., claustrophobia). The purpose of the study is to create a large collection of brain MRI scans and other information from healthy individuals. The Library will be a resource for doctors and scientists to compare the MRI scans of people with disorders or diseases with the MRI scans of healthy people.
In addition to the brain MRI scans, we also collect information from participants that may relate to brain structure or function, such as age, gender, handedness, medical history, and tests about how people think. Collection of a large set of this kind of information may help doctors and scientists better understand and diagnose brain disorders and diseases, such as traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, neurodegenerative diseases, and many other problems. We are interested in collecting data in both general community volunteers as well as those with a history in the military (active duty, reserves, Veterans, etc.). Participants receive a copy of their MRI data on a CD at the end of their appointment and are compensated for their time.
Length of participation: 3.5-5 hours
- Initial interview (10-20 minutes): To determine eligibility, we will ask some questions about your age, gender, race/ethnicity, handedness, and medical history. We will also ask some general questions related to the safety and tolerability of undergoing an MRI.
- Assessment (2-3 hours): If you are eligible, you will be asked to take some standardized tests of thinking abilities; these include tests that are commonly used by neuropsychologists. These will include tests of attention, information processing, learning and memory, and other similar tasks. Some of these tests are paper and pencil tests and some will be administered on an iPad. Subjects will also be asked complete questionnaires about medical history and answer questions about different symptoms.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI; 60-90 minutes): You will then undergo a brain MRI.
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Note: We currently are not enrolling participants aged 18-29. If you fall in this age range and are interested in participating, please email us so that we can add you to our wait list.
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