University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit

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Estrogen, Menopause, and the Brain Research

 

The overarching goal of this program is to conduct clinical research studies that seek to understand the mechanisms behind changes in cognition and behavior that occur in women after menopause. Menopause produces significant and sustained changes in the levels of sex hormones (e.g. estrogen) that have profound effects on brain functioning and may produce changes in mood, memory, and learning. These changes may account for gender-related differences between older women and men, especially regarding rates of neurodegenerative disorders, some of which tend to be higher in women (e.g. Alzheimer's disease).

 

The studies utilized intensive, repeated-measures designs focusing on the effects of neuropharmacologic probes combined with sophisticated cognitive testing, functional brain imaging, and behavioral paradigms in older women. Most of the studies take place at the University of Vermont Clinical Research Center (CRC).

Contact Julie Dumas, Ph.D., (802) 847-2523 for more information on any study.

 

Menopause and Cognition Research Study

 Seeking healthy 50-60 year old women for a one-visit research study (approx. 3 hours in length) to help us learn about how the brain is affected by menopause.  This University of Vermont study will consist of a brain MRI, computer memory tests, and the collection of a cheek swab for DNA analysis. We are seeking healthy non-smoking women who are not currently taking anti-depressants. You will be compensated $50 for the visit.

 

For more info, email menopauseandbrain@uvm.edu or call 802-847-8248

 

Hormones and Cognition Research Study

Seeking healthy 60-70 year old women for a one-visit research study (approx. 3 hours in length) to help us learn about how the brain is affected by hormones throughout life.  This University of Vermont study will consist of completing questionnaires, computer memory tests, and the collection of a cheek swab for DNA analysis. We are seeking healthy non-smoking women who are not currently taking anti-depressants. You will be compensated $25 for the visit.

For more info, call Jenni at 802-847-4081

 

 

 

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