Open Studies

PARTICIPATE IN AN OPEN STUDY AND ADVANCE REHABILITATION SCIENCE.

Rehab lab

Do you have significant fatigue or Parkinson’s disease? Did you experience a knee injury (ACL, meniscus, arthritis)? We have an immediate need for qualified participants for a number of current studies.

Participant criteria and compensation vary depending on the study. Learn more about our current studies below.

Directions To The Lab

1. From 30th Street, turn into Creighton Medical Center at the Visitor Parking Area sign (intersection of Webster and 30th).

2. Continue down the ramp to Boyne Dentistry Building on the left.

3. A limited number of handicap parking spaces are available directly in front of the Boyne Dentistry Building. If no handicap-reserved spot is available, please turn around and go back up the ramp to park in the visitors’ parking lot.

4. Elevators are to the right of the entrance of the Boyne Dentistry Building. Take the elevator to the first floor.

5. Exit the elevator and turn left, then right down a short hallway. The Rehabilitation Science Research Laboratory is straight ahead through the open double doors.

Fatigue and Parkinson’s Disease Study

Test muscle strength of the legs through various exercises. Undergo electrical stimulation of leg muscles or of the scalp. Measure muscle fatigue and recovery from fatigue. Qualified participants will be compensated between $50 and $360.

The study includes three research groups:

  • Subjects with Parkinson’s disease between 40-75 years of age and have leg fatigue after walking
  • Subjects without Parkinson’s disease between 21-30 years of age
  • Subjects without Parkinson’s disease between 40-75 years of age

 

To take part in this study, participants must be willing to:

  • Complete an activity profile, medications list and relevant medical history
  • Attend from one to three testing sessions within a six-week timeframe
  • Test muscle strength of the legs through various exercises
  • Undergo electrical stimulation of leg muscles or of the scalp
  • Measure muscle fatigue and recovery from fatigue

Contact us for more information.

Knee Injury Study

We are conducting research to better understand knee injuries and physical therapy interventions to improve function. We examine strength, movement biomechanics and function. We are looking for people 12-65 years old who have had ACL or meniscus injuries, as well as people with knee arthritis. You should not participate in the study if you have a cardiac pacemaker or are pregnant. Qualified participants may receive a stipend of $10 to $125 per study visit.

Contact us for more information.

Healthy Volunteers

We are conducting research to better understand knee injuries and physical performance. We examine strength, movement biomechanics and function. We are looking for healthy people 12-65 years old who do not have a history of knee injury. You should not participate in the study if you have a cardiac pacemaker or are pregnant. Qualified participants may receive a stipend of between $10-125 per study visit.

Contact us for more information.

Breast Cancer Study

We want to examine whether the palpation meter can be used to examine pectoralis minor length in women diagnosed with breast cancer. Qualified participants will receive a $50 Target or Walmart gift card. The expected duration of this study is 45 minutes.

To take part in this study, we are looking for participants who meet the following criteria:

  • Women ages 18-70
  • Previously received treatment for unilateral breast cancer (stages 0-III) in the Omaha and Council Bluffs regions within the past 3 years
  • Completed primary breast cancer treatment (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy)
  • No recurrence of cancer

Contact us for more information.

Movement Patterns of Pregnancy and Post-Partum Females

We are conducting a study to determine factors that contribute to low back and lower extremity pain during and after pregnancy. Qualified participants will receive between $50-75 for each testing session.

We are recruiting two groups for this study. You may participate if you are between 19 and 50 years of age and are either:

  • A healthy female with no history of a severe lower extremity or trunk injury who has never been pregnant
  • Currently pregnant (first or second trimester) with no history of lower extremity or low back surgery and no contraindications to moderate exercise

Contact us for more information.