Patients sought for ischemic heart failure, depression and low-back pain trials

DALLAS - Dec. 21, 2005 - Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center are seeking patients to participate in medical studies on ischemic heart failure, recurrent depression and low-back pain. All clinical trials are approved by UT Southwestern's Institutional Review Board, which reviews them for benefits, risks, side effects and informed consent.

Ischemic heart failure
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers are looking for patients with ischemic heart failure for a study aimed at gathering data to help reduce mortality and morbidity. Study participants must be 18 years of age or older and not a candidate for a heart transplant. All who enroll must also be able to give informed consent and must have a left-ventricular ejection fraction determination of more than 35 percent. For more information, please contact Mary Delira at 214-645-7728.

Recurrent depression
UT Southwestern Medical Center is seeking individuals for a research study on recurrent depression. Eligible participants must be between 18 and 70 years old, have experienced at least two episodes of major depressive disorder and not currently be under psychiatric treatment. They also must have no current history of alcohol or drug dependence. Those eligible will receive cognitive therapy at no cost. Some will then receive additional cognitive therapy, medication or pill placebo, also at no cost. For more information, call 214-648-5351.

Low-back pain
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center need volunteers who have experienced chronic low-back pain for 10 weeks or less to participate in research-based treatment study. The program's aim is to investigate what treatments work best for low back pain, how to prevent chronic back pain from developing, and how to best help people to return to work safely and successfully. Compensation is available. For more information, call the project's coordinators at 214-645-8741.


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