Advanced Personalized Antidepressant Treatment

Tired of waiting months to see a psychiatrist?
Finding it hard to enjoy life?
This message is for you!

Volunteers Needed for a Brain Imaging Research Study

Stony Brook Medicine
Advancing Personalized Antidepressant Treatment Using PET/MRI

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The Study

We are looking for adults 18 or older who are currently depressed

  • The study provides free outpatient treatment with either Lexapro or an inactive drug and uses PET/MRI brain scans to learn more about depression
  • According to the World Health Organization, depression will be the 2nd leading cause of disability by 2020
  • Your participation is valuable because it will help those who suffer from depression in the future

How to Participate

  • To determine if you are eligible, you will first be asked a series of questions on the phone
  • You will also be interviewed in person and have a physical exam to make sure it is safe for you to participate
  • If you are interested, please call our study coordinator at (631) 638-HELP (4357), e-mail, or text us at (716) 4-BRIGHT (4448).

Your Participation

  • You will have two PET/MRI scans: one before beginning medication treatment and one after completing the 2-month-long treatment
  • Throughout the study, you will be interviewed about your physical and emotional health

Benefits and Payment

  • You will be given up to $455 for completing the study
  • You will receive free outpatient medication and a comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation during the study

Brain Imaging at Stony Brook University

  • The Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University is one of the region's premier providers of psychiatric services and a national leader in neuroimaging research
  • A new team of brain imaging researchers at Stony Brook, led by department Chair Ramin Parsey MD, PhD, has brought many of the most advanced techniques for image acquisition and analysis to Long Island