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Participate in Our Study!

We are currently recruiting healthy participants for a CIHR funded study investigating how biological sex, sex hormone levels and genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's Disease influence brain activity, brain structure, and memory.

What participating involves:

If you are interested in participating in our study please visit our recruitment website:

We will then contact you to schedule a time for Visit 1 to our lab. During Visit 1, a blood test will be done to measure your levels of cholesterol, sugar, hormones and genes that are associated with memory. You will also be subject to a complete neuropsychological assessment where your basic cognitive function, such as memory and attention, will be assessed using standardized tests. This should take about 2.5 hours, depending on your speed. In addition, there will be a practice session in a mock MRI scanner in which you will perform a memory test. Because we aim to match males, pre-menopausal females, and post-menopausal females in our MRI experiment based on age, education and memory performance, not everyone who participates in Visit 1 will be invited back for Visit 2.

In Visit 2, you will undergo structural and functional MRI scans. Functional MRI (fMRI) does not work with radiation and is not associated with any health risks. While you are in the scanner, you will perform several memory tests. The fMRI scan will last about 2 hours.

A financial compensation is offered. The total compensation is $ 100 ($ 40 for Visit 1 and $ 60 for Visit 2).


To be eligible to participate in our studies, you must:

  1. be 18 to 75 years of age
  2.         be in good physical and mental health
  3. not have have a history of neurological or psychiatric diseases
  4. not have diabetes
  5.         have a minimum of a high school education