UCSF Department of Psychiatry: Teens (13-18 y/o) needed for placebo research!

Researchers & Authors Seeking Parents/Kids
San Francisco
Teens, Young Adults

Drs. Tony Yang with UCSF Psychiatry and Olga Tymofiyeva with UCSF Radiology are conducting research with healthy adolescents ages 13-18 to understand the effects of placebo (an inert substance with no active ingredients) in adolescents.

You may qualify if you: 

  • Are of age 13 to 18 years 
  • May experience feelings of depression but are not currently treated with an antidepressant medication
  • Can undergo an MRI: for example, do not have braces, unremovable metal piercings, and are not pregnant

This study would involve two MRI brain scans at the UCSF Mission Bay campus. You will be randomized either to be a control or to ingest placebo tablets (inert substance with no active ingredients) once a day each day for 2 weeks between the MRI scans. You will get a $50 gift card at the end of each MRI visit ($100 total).

Teens under 18 years old will need their parent’s permission to participate.

If you are interested, please contact our researcher Ben, Benjamin.Sipes [at] ucsf.edu, who will call you to confirm eligibility, answer your questions, and email you the consent form to sign. Also, feel free to check out our website! (https://radiology.ucsf.edu/research/labs/BrainChange#accordion-other-studies)

Ben Sipes
benjamin.sipes [at] ucsf.edu