Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New Research Information!

I've been slacking lately but I have a couple of studies to post.
This one came through the Freecycle Network, which is a great network.

"The Research Division at Baycrest is looking for native speakers of English
who are 18-30 or 65-90 years of age.

The research study includes interesting tasks of memory and other thinking

You will be paid *$10* for an hour of your time.

The study is conducted at Baycrest (Bathurst and 401-parking is provided for
free) or the University of Toronto (Scarborough campus).

Contact information:


Please contribute to important research and earn some cash while you're at

And this next one was posted on the University of Toronto website.

"Department of Medicine


The Dept. of Exercise Sciences and the Clinical Cardiovascular Physiology Research Lab at Toronto General Hospital are recruiting healthy women aged 18-35 who are medication-free (including no oral contraceptives), and who are engaged in regular physical exercise, for a study comparing those who are not menstruating (and have not for at least 3 months) and those who are regularly menstruating (between 10-13 cycles per year).Please call Emma at 416-978-0762 or email emma.odonnell@utoronto.ca for further information. Reimbursement provided. "

Friday, December 12, 2008


For any of your willing to do medical trials, my first "feature" is on Pharmamedica.


The following website includes the Current Studies and other information you may need. Standard procedure tends to be a screening survey over the phone, followed by a complete physical. Based on your results, they let you know whether you qualify. Any other information you may need is under the FAQ section, which is on the website provided. They also have a new email feature that sends you updates. Overall, it's the easiest company that I know of to deal with, they're pretty organized and straightforward.

Happy Researching!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Nutrition Study

Hey everyone,

There is an ongoing study at the Department of Nutritional Sciences. I know someone who did it and they feed you! Free food is a great bonus.
Guys only.

1)Healthy Males 2)Aged 20-30 Years 3)Non-smoking

Please contact appetite.studies@gmail.com for more information

I'm aiming to do a profile on one of the bigger pharmaceutical groups in the coming week. There's several of them in the Toronto area that take volunteers, granted you are content with giving up a few days to hang out in their labs.

Monday, December 1, 2008

CAMH Heavy Drinking Study

The study of the day is from CAMH:

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is conducting a research study in Heavy Drinkers

If you are:
-Male, 19 to 65 years old
-Drug and medication free
-Available for weekday sessions

Call Anne-Marie at: 416-535-8501 ext. 6743

Note: This is not a treatment study

Financial compensation is provided

All information remains confidential to the extent provided by law

For more information about programs and services at CAMH please visit www.camh.net or call 416-535-8501 (or 1-800-463-6273).

I'm going to try to post a few a week, just to stagger it a little, especially since I'm really busy at the moment.

Friday, November 28, 2008

First post!

It has come to my attention, from the experiences of my friends, my experience as a research assistant and my own research participation in studies, that there is an abundance of these studies available all over Toronto but there is no central location where people can go to in order to find these studies. Researchers spent hundreds, even thousands of dollars trying to bring in participants. Research assistants all over the area spend countless hours doing mass mailing, emails and developing advertisements for these studies. And websites like Kijiji and Craigslist have no real quality filter. Finding these good studies can be very difficult! A lot of us would love some extra money for filling out some forms and some people don't mind doing bigger things like MRIs and pharmaceutical testing. Some people even like participating for the sake of science and research.

Often, people who would be willing have no access to this information. On this blog, I hope to post current postings for research and medical studies in the Toronto area, as well as any information about this sort of work. If anyone has any information or a study that needs participants, feel free to email me and I'll post relevant stuff. I cannot speak for each individual study in terms of requirements, reimbursement or ethical issues that you may have but I feel it's about time that this information is amalgamated into one space.

I will re-post the information about studies exactly how I find it or receive it. If any changes need to be made, let me know.

Most of my current information is from the University of Toronto, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the University Hospital Network. so I'm going to try to expand my knowledge and my reach as time goes by.

Here are some recent ones I've come across from U of T. I can't guarantee that they are still looking for participants but it's up to you to try!


Children from a CHINESE background needed

The Child Study Centre at the University of Toronto is conducting a study in collaboration with Southwest University in China.

We are seeking 4-to 6-year-old Chinese children who understand English.

Children will play child-friendly games, which examine their cognitive and brain development.


Children receive a small prize, and parking (or TTC expenses) will be provided.

If you are interested please contact us at 416 978 7315 or email: a.lahat@utoronto.ca


Healthy male non-smoking volunteers, age 18-35 wanted for a study investigating the effects of the drug rosuvastatin (a common cholesterol lowering medication) on blood vessel function. You will need to visit Mount Sinai Hospital on two occasions, the first taking 30 minutes and the second taking 2 hours of your time. Non-invasive measurements of an artery in your arm will be made.

You will be compensated for your time.

If you are interested in participating or have further questions, please contact the study coordinator Andrew Liuni at andrew.liuni@utoronto.ca, or 416-586-8412

Participants needed for study of personality and family dynamics! (at St. George or UTM)

We are currently conducting a study on personality and family dynamics and we are looking for participants! We are looking for university/college students who are living with both of their biological parents to participate. Both of your parents also have to be willing to participate and speak English fluently, or well enough to fill out questionnaires. As a part of this study, you will each be asked to fill out a number of questionnaires, which will take no longer than 2 hours to complete. It is possible to complete the study either on the St. George or on the Mississauga campus, but other arrangements are possible if your family cannot come into our lab! If you are interested in participating in this study or would like to get more information, please contact us at schimmacklab@yahoo.com We provide participants a compensation of $25 per person, ($75 per family) for participating in this study.


Researchers in the Clinical Cardiovascular Physiology Lab at Toronto General Hospital are looking for healthy men in their 60's who are not taking any medication and are not physically active on a regular basis. We are testing reflex neural responses to a simulated postural change and measuring peak exercise capacity. Two visits are required and reimbursement is provided. Please call Bev or Cathy at 416-340-4755 for more information.