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Participate in Research

Scientists at Washington State University Spokane are conducting research studies that are helping to improve the health of Washingtonians and people around the world. Both healthy volunteers and participants with specific health conditions are needed for studies conducted on our health sciences campus. Below is a listing of research studies that are currently seeking participants.

Asthma Research Study
The department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology is conducting a research study on breathing during exercise in adults with mild asthma. We are seeking asthmatic and non-asthmatic adults (18-50 years old) to participate. Click here for full details.

Autism Research Study
We are looking for adults with autism to participate in a research study that will determine how acetylcholine, a chemical in the brain, affects the pupil’s response to light. Click here for full details.

Cannabis for Pain Study
THE Qwibil Clinic is partnering with researchers at Washington State University to learn more about the use of cannabis for pain. Eligible participants must be new or existing patients of the Qwibil Clinic. Telehealth options are available for those living in Washington State. Click here for full details.

Cranberry Juice & Microbiome Study
We are recruiting postmenopausal women in good metabolic and digestive health to donate urine and stool samples for a cranberry juice & urinary tract infection (UTI) and gut microbiome study. The gut microbiota is an emerging field of study in Nutrition. The Nutrition and Gut Microbiome Lab in the  Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Department at Washington State University at Spokane is undertaking an exciting research on investigation of the effects of cranberry juice on UTIs, the gut microbiome, and their metabolites. Click here for full details.

Curcumin-Diclofenac Interaction Study
Healthy subjects needed for an herb-drug interaction study. This study will help identify how the effects of individual genetic variations and concurrent drug intake with the herbal product curcumin impacts a specific protein primarily found in the intestine. Click here for full details.

Emotion and Alcohol Use Study
Dr. Benjamin Ladd’s team in Department of Psychology at Washington State University Vancouver wants to find out more about the relationship between affect, emotion regulation, and alcohol use in real-world settings. You must be age 18 to 29, use alcohol regularly and own a smartphone. Click here for full details.

In Vitro Analysis of Gut Microbiota Response to Food
Our lab is recruiting 24 volunteers to provide human stool samples for this purpose. Participants must be 18-50 years old and in good metabolic and digestive health and not to have consumed quinoa in the previous 7 days. Click here for full details.

Kratom-Drug Interaction Study
Healthy subjects needed for kratom-drug interaction study. The study will investigate how a kratom product affects how the body processes another drug of interest. Click here for full details.

Neck Strength Study
We are recruiting participants for a research study on head posture, neck strength and neck muscle activity in People with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (PALS) and healthy control subjects. This information will help us to understand how posture, neck strength and muscle activity may be related to clinical outcomes and to improve assistive devices, such as neck collars and head-controlled wheelchairs. Click here for full details.

Sleep Studies
For ongoing studies in the Sleep and Performance Research Center, please see here.

Stuttering Research Study
We are looking for individuals who stutter to participate in a study that will help us to understand how the brain processes speech. Click here for full details.

Substance Use/Mental Health Studies
For ongoing studies focused on the treatment of alcohol and drug use and mental health issues, please see here.

Requests to have new WSU studies added to this webpage should be directed to Judith Van Dongen in the WSU Spokane Office of Research at Please include a copy of the IRB-approved recruitment flyer for the study when submitting your request.