Study Description: Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Other studies have shown that stress, early in life, could be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, later in life. This study will look at the effect of early life stressors on cardiovascular health.
Principal Investigator: Ryan Harris
Eligibility Criteria: Healthy adults from ages 18-50, a balance of Caucasian and African American men and women out of 280 volunteers will be needed.
Compensation: Yes, subjects will be compensated.
Compensation Explanation: Research subjects that travel from out of town will receive a total of $250.00 plus travel for completion of Protocol 1 (no drug treatment) and Protocol 2 on the same testing day. Local research subjects will receive $300.00 for the completion of Protocol 1A (with drug treatment) which includes participation and completion of all the tests on two testing days. Protocol 1B will be compensated $100.00 per experimental day (a total of $200.00). Local research subjects will also have the option to do Protocol 2 for additional compensation. If the subject decides to not be in the study anymore, they will be compensated for their time at a rate of $25.00 U.S. dollars per hour. Payment will be made using the Greenphire ClinCard. It works like a bank debit card. We will give you a debit card and each time you receive a payment for participation in this study, the money will be added to the card after each completed visit. You may use this card at any store that accepts credit cards or you can use a bank machine to remove cash. However, there may be fees drawn against the balance of the card for cash withdrawals and inactivity. You will receive letters with additional information on how you can use this card and who to call if you have any questions. Be sure to read these letters, including the cardholder agreement, for details about fees. The debit card system is administered by an outside company. The company, Greenphire, will be given your name and social security number. They will use this information only as part of the payment system. Your information will not be used for any other purposes and will not be given or sold to any other company. Greenphire will not receive any information about your health status or the study in which you are participating. If you are an Augusta University employee, payment will be included in your payroll check. This payment will be subject to Federal and Georgia state withholding taxes as well as FICA tax and will reflect on the W-2 form at calendar year end. Payment received as compensation for participation in research is considered taxable income to the research participant. If payment to an individual exceeds $600 in any one calendar year, Augusta University is required to report this information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Research participant payments to a non-employee of AU exceeding $600 during any calendar year will result in a 1099 (Miscellaneous Income) form being issued to the individual and a copy sent to the IRS.
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