St. Patrick's Mental Health Services is Ireland’s largest, independent, not-for-profit mental health organization and is committed to the provision of high quality mental healthcare and the promotion of mental health awareness. The research department at St Patrick’s is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of researchers and is affiliated with Trinity College Dublin. Research is integral to the hospital as it is fundamental in ensuring progress in the understand of and treatment of mental illness.
We are currently looking for healthy volunteers to help us with our study: AMBER-Dep: Autobiographical Memory and Depression. This study aims to investigate the effects of depression and its treatment on memory function. In this study, healthy volunteers will act as controls; a comparison group to the depressed participants. Comparing scores on assessments between these groups will allow for a better understanding of depression and its impact on memory and thus inform attempts to improve the available treatment for this devastating mental illness; the ultimate aim of our research.
Who can Participate?
We are looking for volunteers who are:
- Over 18 years of age (target age 50+)
- Have no history of psychiatric or neurological illness
What does being a participant involve?
All participants will be asked to complete a series of clinical assessments during three meetings with a member of the research team, scheduled over the course of four months.
- An initial meeting (Week 1)
- 1 month follow up (Week 5)
- 3 month follow up (Week 17)
All assessments will be conducted at St Patrick’s University Hospital and can be expected to last approximately 30-40 minutes. Every attempt will be made to ensure that meetings are scheduled to suit the needs of the participants and reimbursements for travel costs will be made available.
The attached participant information sheet may provide further details regarding the purpose, procedure as well as any potential risks and benefits of this study. All interested participants are invited to read this information sheet carefully. Any further queries regarding the study which are not addressed by the information provided may be directed to the research team using one of the contact details provided below.
Interested in taking part?
If you are interested in our research and would like to take part, or if you simply would like to know more about our work and this study, please do not hesitate to contact us, we would love to hear from you!
T: +353 1 249 3531
Thank you for your interest in our research!
The AMBER-Dep Research Team