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Contribute to our research by taking part in a study.

The following research studies are looking for people. To take part in a study, please contact the research team directly at the provided email address or phone number.

These projects would not be possible without the people who volunteer to take part in the research. Participants gain a useful understanding of how research takes place, and learn something interesting about the field, or themselves. Participation is open to the public.

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What is the research about?

This project aims to study cognitive effects of learning a new language on healthy aging.

Who can participate?

  • Men and women,
  • Aged between 60 and 70 years old,
  • Speak only English: Cannot function in any other language
  • Motivated to learn a language
  • Normal or corrected vision and hearing
  • Don’t suffer from memory problems or learning disabilities
  • No depression
  • No neurological disorders


What will I do as a participant?: You can participate in this research project as a member of two groups of participants;

Group 1: Healthy seniors who will learn a language and report for neuropsychological evaluations, and two fMRI scanning sessions

  • Additional Criteria: Not Claustrophobic

Group 2: Healthy seniors who will report for neuropsychological evaluations. No neuroimaging sessions.

  • You will be tested at 2 time points over 4 months
  • You will receive access to a computerized program to learn a language of your choice (out of a list) for a period of one year.
  • You will receive technical support to solve problems from a graduate student


What are the tests? The tests will evaluate:

  • Your neuropsychological (mental) health: attention, memory, learning and decision making,
  • Your language proficiency in any other second language
  • Your life style routines
  • Your brain structure and function if you are in Group 1 (using an fMRI scanner)


How many times will I be tested?

  1. Before training (Time 0),
  2. After 4 months (Time 1),


How long will each visit take? The study requires the participants to report 2 times over 4 months; each time will include

  • 2 hours behavioral testing
  • 1 hour fMRI scanning,


What will I do between the two test sessions? Every day for 1 hour 30 minutes (can be spread out throughout the day), you will practice a new language by following the instructions on Roseta Stone.

Please contact us at if you have a question or would like to participate in this project.

Annonce publicitaire approuvée le 3 mai 2019 par le Comité central d’éthique de la recherche du ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux dans le cadre du projet CCER 18-19 – 17.


Researchers: Thanh Dang-Vu, MD, PhD, & Jean-Philippe Gouin, PhD

Are you worried about the impact of your insomnia on your mood, your brain, and your health?


Concordia University Researchers are conducting a study evaluating the impact of a non-pharmacological treatment for insomnia on health.

Individuals suffering from insomnia at least 3 times per week for at least 3 months are eligible.

Participation in this study will include:

  • A free individual therapy program comprising 8 sessions over 3 months
  • Two MRI sessions
  • Three overnight sleep recordings in our sleep lab
  • Completion of cognitive tests after sleep

We are seeking adult participants who meet the following criteria:

  1. Between 25 and 65 years old
  2. Not using medication that affects sleep
  3. No diagnosed sleep disorders (e.g., sleep apnea)
  4. Absence of chronic illness, neurological disorder, or mental health disorder
  5. No history of brain hemorrhage, brain tumour, or brain surgery
  6. No regular night-shift work or recent travel across several time-zones
  7. No regular alcohol or substance use
  8. No contraindication to MRI

If you are interested in this study, please call us:
514-848-2424, ext. 2284
or send an e-mail to:

Annonce publicitaire approuvée le 29 mai 2019 par le Comité central d’éthique de la recherche du ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux dans le cadre du projet CCER 19-20 – 04



We’re looking for participants to take part in a research project to measure brain glucose (sugar) utilization and brain lactate concentrations under conditions of rest and exercise to better understand the mechanisms involved in energy metabolism in the brain during exercise!

You must be between 25 and 45 years old and:

  • Exercise regularly (at least 3 times per week) at a moderate to high intensity
  • Be free from metallic prosthesis (pacemaker or others), piercing, tattooing, metal fragments or any other kind of non-removable metallic object in your body
  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Not be claustrophobic
  • Have no history of neurological disorder
  • Not be a smoker


Your participation would consist of 2 sessions (within one month) including:

  • Maximal exercise test (VO2max) and a high-intensity exercise session lasting 35 min
  • Imaging brain activity using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
  • Obtaining several small blood sample through a catheter installed in a vein
  • Obtaining several saliva samples using cotton wool balls placed in your mouth


A limited compensation for your time would be handed out if you are selected.

If you are interested in this study or need more information please contact:

Ad approved on September 13, 2019 by the Comité central d’éthique de la recherche du ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux.

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