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

The Keck School of Medicine is seeking adults age 18 and older to participate in the All of Us Research Program. USC joins other leading institutions such as Harvard, UCLA and Columbia, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, to include one million participants nationwide for a groundbreaking national research project to discover more about patient-focused precision medicine, a revolutionary approach towards disease prevention, detection and treatment. Participation involves completing a web-based questionnaire, providing physical measurements and providing blood and urine samples. Participants are compensated with a $25 gift card. For more information, email or call (213) 821-7943.

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.

Emergency contraception study with Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is seeking women ages 18-39 with regular menstrual periods and normal body mass index who are not using hormonal contraception, to participate in a study assessing the emergency contraceptive potential of the NuvaRing®. Participants must be using an alternative form of contraceptive such as the copper intrauterine device, condoms, sterilization or abstinence. The study takes place over the course of 4-6 weeks and compensation is provided at each visit. For more information or to set up a screening visit, email or call (323) 409-3104.

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 in children with and without autism study

Dr. Barbara Thompson’s Social and Emotional Neurodevelopment (SEND) lab in the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is seeking children 3-5 1/2 years old with autism and 2 1/2-5 years old without autism to participate in a study that considers – why do children with Autism Spectrum Disorders often show decreased social interaction? The study involves a one-time visit to a lab where children will play with toys and a researcher in a custom-built, child-sized playhouse that looks like a castle, and then watch a short video afterwards. Participants are compensated. For more information, visit the SEND lab site or contact

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