Current Research

The Mind & Brain Health Labs (MBHL) in the Department of Neurological Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is inviting volunteers for a research study investigating driver safety in people with and without type 2 diabetes (IRB #208-18-FB). Compensation is provided. The study involves six weeks of participation and three study visits (1-4 hrs in length). At the start of the study, a camera will be installed in each driver’s vehicle to record how they drive. All volunteers will wear a Fitbit during the study. Volunteers with type 2 diabetes will wear a continuous glucose monitor (CGM).   Requirements to participate in the study:
  • Have type 2 diabetes OR have no diabetes
  • Be between 35-70 years old
  • Be a legally licensed, active driver
  • Drive 1 primary vehicle
  This study does not include participants who are pregnant or have type 1 diabetes, a neurodegenerative disease, traumatic brain injury, major stroke, severe mobility impairment, active cancer within the past year (except minor skin and early stage prostate cancers), or substance abuse in the past year.   If you are interested in participating in the study or have questions, please call UNMC’s Mind & Brain Health Labs at (402) 559-6870 or

The GSED is an assessment of the development of children under the age of 3 years. The scale was developed by a multidisciplinary team led by the World Health Organization to map child development status globally, track trajectories of child development at a population level, and monitor benefits of national-level policies. Currently, the scale is being tested in several sites around the world to analyze the universal applicability and psychometric properties of the scale. The objective of this study is to use the GSED caregiver-report tool to collect population-level data on the development of children in the United States to contribute to the above efforts. During a 20-30 minute survey, caregivers will be asked questions about their child’s current abilities and behaviors.  The collected data will be used for generating preliminary child development curves to examine similarities and differences among sexes and countries.


This study is seeking caregivers of healthy children, ages 0-36 months


Clinicians are asked to hand out flyers with the survey link to eligible patients. Clinicians who aid in recruitment will receive a report about the overall development of the children from their clinic.


For more information, please contact Dr. Abbie Raikes at 402-552-7258, or send an email to: Please review the GSED Flyer for more information.

The Psychological, Neural, and Hormonal Bases of Caregiver Compassion Fatigue (IRB # 384-18-EP)


We are looking for healthy adults and caregivers to an older adult with a chronic disease (e.g., dementia, cancer, cardiovascular disease) to participate in a research study at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). The study involves two visits of 3.5 hours each. Compensation for study participation is available. The experiment involves completing questionnaires and computer tasks, taking samples of saliva for hormone analyses, and undergoing brain imaging. To be eligible for the study, you must be 19-75 years of age, have comprehension of written and spoken English, mobility to travel to the UNO campus, and have completed a minimum of two years of high school or higher. You are not eligible for the study if you have a diagnosis of a neurological or psychiatric disease (e.g., stroke, schizophrenia), vision, hearing or motor difficulties, or if you are currently pregnant, have metal implanted in your body, or are taking an antidepressant medication or glucocorticoid-based oral medication or cream (e.g., cortisone). For more information about the study, please contact: Janelle Beadle, Ph.D. at the Aging Brain and Emotion Lab by phone at 402-554-5961 or by email at


View the research flyer here.

Enhancing Senior Living, Quality of Life and Independence through Utilizing Assistive and Interactive Technology

IRB#: 115-20-EP


The CAPACITY Lab at the Gerontology Department at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is seeking participants for a research study. The purpose of the study is to learn about technology in adults’ and caregivers’ everyday lives. We want to understand what technology they know about, what they prefer, and how they use technology to improve their lives. Participants will be asked to complete a survey lasting approximately 1 hour, regarding their background, current and future ability to do tasks, technology use and preferences, overall satisfaction with life, and caregiving responsibilities (if applicable). Participants should be older adults, caregivers, or both. Older adults should be at least 60 years old and living independently in the community. Caregivers should be at least 19 years old and should be providing regular care or assistance to another person 19 years or older. All participants should be native English speakers. If you are interested in the study and want to help us learn more about technology and aging, please click on the following link to find out if you are eligible and to complete the survey: here.


You can also send us an email at or call us at (402) 554-2951. In your email or phone call, please mention the Technology and Aging Study.


See the flyer about the research here.

The Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERORegistry launched this week, inviting US healthcare workers to share clinical and life experiences in order to understand the perspectives and problems faced by those on the COVID-19 pandemic front lines. The HERO research program leverages PCORnet®, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, and is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). There is no cost to join the HERO Registry and it takes only a few minutes to sign up. After joining, registry participants will receive surveys, opportunities to participate in future studies, and learnings from the HERO research community. Healthcare workers can participate as much or as little as they like. The registry will follow a protocol developed by the DCRI and data guidelines to keep healthcare worker information secure. Learn more and join the registry HERE.

Contact the PBRN Coordinator to advertise your study through the PBRN.


Coming soon!