January 2013

Control Volunteers Needed for Depression Research Study

Fri, 11 January 13 09:00

The Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Research at St. Vincent’s University Hospital is currently looking for healthy volunteers to act as controls in a research study which takes a microscopic look at the daily biological and psychological experience of living with major depression.

The research team, headed by Prof. Kevin Malone, is exploring the real-life emotions and experiences of individuals with and without depression and the effect that these day-to-day experiences have on biological systems (such as stress hormones and the immune system) and overall physical health. We are currently recruiting individuals without depression to take part in this study.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to do the following:

  1. Come to the Clinical Research Centre at St. Vincent’s Hospital twice over the course of a week to give a blood sample and complete some psychological scales.
  2. Track your own, real-time daily experiences and emotions yourself using a survey-style diary over 6 days as you go about your daily lives.
  3. Give some saliva samples for two of the above 6 days.

Participants should be aged between 30-65 years old and not currently suffering from a psychiatric illness.

If you would like to take part or for further information on the study, please contact depressionstudy@ucd.ie or phone (01) 221-3351. Participation by individuals who do not have depression is a vital part of this study, so your time will be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

Eimear Crowe
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Research
St. Vincent’s University Hospital and UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science