Volunteers sought for depression study

4 December 2015

DaT SPECT scan showing neural pathways of dopamine in the brainHave you experienced depression only after the age of 55?

We are looking for volunteers to assist with a new study and if you fit the criteria we'd like to hear from you.

The purpose of this study, organised by the department of clinical neurosciences, is to look into neural pathways in the brain of older people with depression, helping us to better understand the causes of late onset depression. The study will contribute to more effective treatments in the future.

If you would like to take part you will be asked to attend the hospital for a day. The study day will involve some questionnaires and you will be asked about your medical history, family history, physical health and emotional wellbeing. There will be a physical and neurological examination and you will also be asked to have two brain scans; a DaT SPECT scan, which looks at the neural pathways of dopamine in the brain, and an MRI.

If you are interested in taking part or would like to find out more please contact Hiba Kazmi on 07984499967 or email hiba.kazmi.14@ucl.ac.uk.

By contacting us to discuss the study you are in no way committing yourself to participate and can hear about what the research involves and whether it is something you would like to be involved with.

Lunch and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Image: DaT SPECT scan showing neural pathways of dopamine in the brain.

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