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.

Have the studies been done before?

Yes, this study has been done before. 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 report. Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 183, 414–420 (2000)). The new component of our study is the addition of brain imaging.

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 current study, PEERS, takes approximately six visits done either at UNC or in your home. 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 current study, PEERS, takes approximately 6-9 weeks to complete. However, the length of time may vary. For more information, contact the study coordinator through the Contact Us page.