FAQ

I am interested in participating in a study in your lab, but I have a few questions…

What is an fMRI? Is it dangerous?

During a functional magnetic resonance imaging or functional MRI (fMRI) we will be taking pictures of your brain using strong magnetic fields. fMRIs do not use x-rays or other radiation, and there are no known risks associated with fMRIs.The fMRI allows us to measure brain activity by detecting changes in blood flow

What are estrogen and progesterone?

Estrogen and progesterone are female hormones and are crucial to women’s health. They are produced in the ovaries and contribute to a woman’s menstrual cycle and ability bear children.

What is a “tissue selective estrogen”?

A tissue selective estrogen is a type of estrogen that interacts at certain areas in a women’s body. Typical estrogens interact at breast and ovarian tissue, however tissue selective estrogens, interact at the bone and brain tissue.

Have the studies been done before?

Yes, both studies have been done before.

For our Duavee study, we are replicating a study that was done at the National Institute of Health (Schmidt, P. J. et al. Estrogen replacement in perimenopause-related depression: A preliminary reportAm. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 183, 414–420 (2000)). The new component of our study is the brain imaging and the addition of the FDA approved tissue selective estrogen.

For our WIN study, we are replicating a study that was done at the National Institute of Health (Bloch, M. et al. Cortisol response to ovine corticotropin-releasing hormone in a model of pregnancy and parturition in euthymic women with and without a history of postpartum depression. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 20(2),659-699 (2005)). The new component of our study is the brain imaging and a shortened version protocol.

Will I be reimbursed for participating?

Yes. Our studies offer compensation for participation. Please visit the Research page for specific information on each study’s compensation.

Will I have to pay for parking?

No. We give our participants parking vouchers that cover the cost of parking while they are at study visits.

How many visits will I have to make?

The number of visits depends on the study. Our Duavee study currently takes 6 visits, and WIN study takes 8 visits. For more information, please visit the Research page or contact the study coordinator through the Contact Us page.

How long does the study take?

Our Duavee study, takes approximately 6-9 weeks to complete. The WIN study takes approximately 4-5 months. However, the length of time may vary. For more information, contact the study coordinator through the Contact Us page.