Research participation opportunities

Our employees are involved in groundbreaking research – and you can participate! Below are research studies currently seeking participants.

3D breast imaging study

The department of Radiology at Keck School of Medicine is seeking women age 18 and over for a 3D whole breast water imaging study – if you are due for your yearly mammogram and have dense breasts, you may qualify to have a Delphinus SoftVue™ ultrasound at no cost. For more information and to get scheduled, email or call (323) 442-9299.

All of Us Research Program

Researchers at USC are working on a historic NIH-funded program called “All of Us” that hopes to enroll one million participants. The purpose of the program is to collect data that will accelerate research and improve health over time. We are looking for adults 18 and over who reside in the U.S. to complete a health questionnaire, give a blood and urine sample and provide access to the participant’s electronic health record. The study takes place at HSC and parking validation is provided. Participants are paid $25 for completion of the study visit. For more information, contact or call or text “AOU” to (323) 572-5740.

Alzheimer’s disease vaccine or oral medication prevention study

The Keck School of Medicine is seeking adults ages 60-75 years with normal cognition to participate in a study exploring whether a vaccine or oral medication can delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Participants undergo genetic testing for the apolipoprotein e4 (APOE4) gene, which is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Qualifying participants are randomized to either a vaccine, oral medication, placebo vaccine or placebo oral medication and may receive the study medications for 5-8 years. For more information, email or call (323) 442-7600.

Impact of culture and genetics on Hispanics with multiple sclerosis

The Keck School of Medicine is seeking Hispanics who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis within the last two years to participate in a study examining the impact of acculturation, cultural perceptions and genetics on disease severity. For more information, email or call (323) 442-6817.

Lung cancer early detection study

The department of Radiology at Keck School of Medicine is seeking current and former smokers ages 50-80 who have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years, to receive free low-dose CT scans for early detection of lung cancer once a year for three years in exchange for blood samples and questionnaires. For more information and to get scheduled, email or call (323) 442-7672.

NEST study with the department of Psychology

The department of Psychology NEST lab is seeking couples expecting their first child for a paid study at USC. The child must be the first for both members of the couple, and they must be living together and planning to continue living together after the birth. For more information and to set up a screening call, email or visit the NEST lab site.

Social play study

The Social and Emotional Neurodevelopment (SEND) lab is researching differences in social interaction in children with and without autism. We are looking for children 2 1/2-5 years old without autism and children 3-5 1/2 years old with a diagnosis of autism to come play in a child-size playhouse that looks like a castle in our lab at HSC. Parking arrangements are available for the visit and participants receive a $25 gift card for participating. For more information contact or (323) 442-2286, or visit the SEND lab site.

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