The Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NWRSCIS) is now offering two research study opportunities for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and/or Multiple Sclerosis (MS): (1) Effectiveness of Physical Activity for Improving Mood in People Aging with MS or SCI, and the (2) Project to Improve Symptoms and Mood after Spinal Cord Injury (PRISMS).
The Effectiveness of Physical Activity for Improving Mood in People Aging with MS or SCI evaluates the effect of exercise as an alternative method of improving mood in people with MS or SCI who are 45 years of age or older. All study participants are asked to complete phone interviews with research staff four times over the course of the study. Participants are assigned to one of two approaches to physical activity treatment. People assigned to the Treatment A group participate in a phone call with a study counselor to design a home exercise program based on his or her needs and abilities and receive 6-8 follow-up phone sessions. The Treatment B group participates in an educational phone session with the study counselor, to discuss reasons to exercise and examples of exercise tailored to their disability. All participants are also asked to wear a device called an accelerometer to measure physical activity for three one-week periods. All study participants may receive up to $120 for their time and phone expenses. If you or someone you know is 45 years of age or over, has MS or SCI, and has been feeling the need to improve his or her mood, this study may be of interest to you. Please contact NWRSCIS for further information at 206/221-5641 or 866/928-2114.
After SCI, some people experience a cluster of symptoms including poor sleep, low energy, little interest in usual activities, depressed mood, and pain. These symptoms can affect quality of life and may be treatable. The Project to Improve Symptoms and Mood after Spinal Cord Injury (PRISMS) evaluates whether a 12-week trial of venlafaxine XR (Effexor XR) is an effective treatment for these symptoms. To qualify for this study you must have a SCI, be 18 to 64 years old, have some of these symptoms, are not currently taking venlafaxine XR, and live within traveling distance to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA. If you would like to be considered for this study, please contact Christian Buhagiar at 206/897-4731.
The Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NWRSCIS), centered within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center is one of only 14 model spinal cord injury (SCI) centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) for the 2011-2016 grant cycle. For more information on NWRSCIS research please visit sci.washington.edu/index.asp.