Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Research Participation Opportunities

Anesthesia & Memory MRI Research Study

Healthy native English-speaking adults, age 18-39, are being recruited to better determine the effect that anesthetic agents have on memory formation.

Interested subjects must complete a brief visit to undergo memory testing. If your memory performance is above the entry cutoff, you may be enrolled in the study. This involves several visits, including during weekday working hours. Subjects will receive low doses of one or more intravenous anesthetics, while performing memory tasks and experiencing periodic electric shock. Subjects may be paid up to $300 for completing all study visits.

For more detailed information, please email Anesthesiology.Research@pitt.edu.


KINETIC Research Study (Cesarean Pain Control)

Are you pregnant and having a cesarean delivery at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital OR are you weaning your baby from breastfeeding? You may be eligible for the KINETIC research study.

This research is being done to find out if a single, ultra-low dose of a medication will help reduce pain and opioid needs after cesarean delivery. For weaning women, we are interested to see if ketamine travels through the breast milk of women who are no longer breastfeeding. Eligible participants may receive up to $1,500 over the course of this study.

To learn more, visit the Kinetic Study recruitment page.

For more information, contact Emma Nowakowski, CRC at 412-641-2179 or nowakowskiee2@upmc.edu.


BRIDGE Research Study (Alternative Postpartum Pain Control)

Are you pregnant and having a cesarean delivery? Are you delivering at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital? You may be eligible for the BRIDGE research study.

This research is being done to assess the use of a non-invasive, battery-operated device for improving pain after cesarean birth. Eligible participants may receive up to $50 over the course of the study.

For more information, contact Emma Nowakowski, CRC at 412-641-2179 or nowakowskiee2@upmc.edu.


QUEST Research Study (Interviewing Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder)

Are you currently pregnant and interested in research about improving pain control?

We are conducting a study to assess patient perspectives about pain during and after birth among women with a history of opiate use. Participants will be treated at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital and followed for five days after their delivery. Eligible participants may receive up to $50 over the course of the study.

For more information, contact Emma Nowakowski, CRC at 412-641-2179 or nowakowskiee2@upmc.edu.