Krista Lisdahl, PhD, and the UWM Brain Imaging and Neuropsychology (BraIN) Laboratory are focused on examining the neurocognitive consequences of chronic drug use during adolescence and young adulthood. More specifically, using MRI (structural MRI, functional MRI, and diffusion tensor imaging) and clinical neuropsychological assessment the lab examines the effects of marijuana, alcohol, nicotine, and ecstasy on brain structure and function. The Lisdahl lab also attempts to explain individual differences by examining whether genetics moderate these effects. The lab's current NIH/NIDA-funded study examines whether extent of physical fitness or body mass index (BMI) moderates the effects of marijuana on brain functioning in teenagers and young adults. In addition, an NIH-funded Imaging Data in Emerging Adults with Addiction (IDEAA) consortium was created recently. This project merges Dr. Lisdahl’s neuroimaging and behavioral data with three other national laboratories (Dr. Staci Gruber, Harvard University; Dr. Francesca Filbey, UT; and Dr. Susan Tapert, UCSD) to create the largest neuroimaging database of adolescent and emerging adult drug users.
To Participate in Research
The Lisdahl laboratory is particularly interested in individuals who use marijuana weekly or do not use marijuana. Eligible individuals are: between the ages of 16-25; are right handed; do not have braces, a permanent retainer, or other metal in their body; have a parent or guardian who can participate in the study. Our study takes approximately 8 hours total over 5 separate sessions. We do an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan, which takes an image of your brain and your abdomen. It's similar to an x-ray but safer. The participant can receive up to $340 as compensation, and their parent or guardian can receive up to $20. Call us at 414-229-6561 to see if you're eligible to participate!
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