Uncovering Neural Mechanisms of Chronic Pain in Post-Treatment Lyme Syndrome - Healthy Controls
A Healthy Volunteer in the study "Understanding Chronic Lyme Pain - A Brain Imaging Study"
Sponsor: Columbia Lyme & Tick-borne Diseases Research Center
Enrolling: Male and Female Patients
Clinic Visits: 2
IRB Number: 7756
Contact: Lyme Center: 646-774-7503 / lymecenter@cumc.columbia.edu
Additional Study Information: We are inviting healthy volunteers to participate in our brain imaging study. This study aims to investigate persistent pain in Lyme disease. By using brain imaging (functional MRI), we hope to gain a better understanding of why patients have ongoing problems with persistent pain, fatigue, and sensory sensitivity even after antibiotic treatment. We investigate whether Lyme disease changes the pattern of an individual's brain activation, making him or her more sensitive to pain than a healthy person. To test this hypothesis, we will compare patients with chronic Lyme Disease symptoms and healthy individuals on brain imaging, blood tests and other cognitive and sensory tests. The knowledge gained in this study may inform the design of new diagnostic testing and treatments in the future. Study participation will involve a) evaluation: interview and blood test (about 1.5-2 hours; the interview and blood tests can be done remotely or in-person at our institute) and b) a visit to CUIMC for brain imaging and other tests (about 5-6 hours). If you are interested in participating, please also email us at lymecenter@cumc.columbia.edu with the email subject "fMRI study" and indicate your age and gender in the email.
This study is closed
Alla Landa, PhD
Do You Qualify?
Are you between the ages of 18 and 55 years old? Yes No
Do you have any non-removable metal in your body? (ie. pacemaker, surgical implant, braces, etc.) Yes No
Are you right-handed? Yes No
Do you have have any blue (metallic ink) tattoos? Yes No
Have you been clinically diagnosed with Lyme Disease? Yes No
You may be eligible for this study

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