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The Niacin Studies

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Schizophrenia paid medical studies in Portland, Oregon at VA Medical Center is seeking volunteers for Niacin Heritability Study and Time Course Study.

You may be eligible if you:

  • have a diagnosis of schizophrenia;
  • are in generally good health;
  • don’t take medication for blood pressure; and
  • don’t usually need aspirin or use pain medications

The Niacin Heritability Study
You may be eligible to qualify if you have been diagnosed with schizophrenia and have a brother, sister or parent who may also be interested in participating.

The study involves:

being interviewed by a psychiatrist;
having small volumes of methyl-niacin solution in contact with the skin of the forearms for up to ten minutes; and
sitting relatively still for up to 45 minutes while having your skin’s blood flow measured.

Methyl-niacin is a skin-permeable derivative of niacin. We will dissolve methyl-niacin in water and then place small drops of the methyl-niacin solution onto the skin in order to stimulate the blood flow in areas that are in contact with the solution. We will measure the skin’s blood flow painlessly, using reflected light.

The study will require two visits to the Portland VA Medical Center. Each visit will last between 4 and 6 hours.

Participants will be paid $40 for each visit.

Aside from these payments, there are no other benefits from participation in this study.