Neuropsychological study of outcomes after encephalitis

Research papers and penWe are inviting healthy volunteers to participate in a research study at King's College London. Volunteers will be reimbursed £30.

Investigating the effects of encephalitis

Why are we doing this research? 

We have an ongoing study investigating the effect of encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) on skills like problem solving, memory and language (www.encephuk.org/). We are now looking to test healthy volunteers on the same tasks to find out whether there are any differences in performance. 

Who are we looking for? 

Males and females, without university degrees, aged between 40 and 80 with no history of neurological incidents (for example, a stroke or acquired brain injury). 

What will I need to do? 

If you agree to take part, you will be invited to attend a testing session at St Thomas’s Hospital where you will be asked to complete a series of tests with a researcher. We will give you detailed instructions at the time but the tests will be pen and paper-style tasks looking at memory, problem-solving and language abilities. The testing will require just one testing session and will take no longer than 3.5 hours. 

Why should I get involved? 

You will be reimbursed with £30 for your time for taking part. Your (anonymised) data is also likely to contribute to a published research paper aiming to improve understanding of the impact of encephalitis. 

How do I get involved? 

If you would like to participate please contact Julia Griem at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (julia.griem@kcl.ac.uk, 020 7188 8059). 

We will be recruiting until the end of January 2016.

This information concerns recruitment of volunteers for study ref: 11/EM/0442, approved by NRES Committee East Midlands-Nottingham 1. This project contributes to the College's role in conducting research, and teaching research methods. Participation in this research is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time.