The iOPEN Study is interested in working with pregnant people and infants to learn more about pregnancy, parenting, and infant brain development. If you are pregnant or you have an infant under one year, you may be able to participate in the infant brain development part of the study. Participants may be compensated for participating in the study.
To learn more about the infant brain development portion of the study, please enter your contact information here:
iOPEN Study Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the iOPEN study?
We are interested in working with pregnant women, their partners, and infants to learn more about pregnancy, parenting and infant brain development. We want to learn about experiences of women in treatment for opioid use during pregnancy, as well as women who are not in treatment for substance use.
We are currently only enrolling for the infant brain development portion of the study.
Infant Brain Development Portion
What is being studied?
We are studying brain development in babies.
Who is eligible to participate?
You may be eligible if,
- You are pregnant OR you have an infant under 1 year old
- You are at least 18 years old
What does participation include?
Participation includes online surveys and we will ask you to come in for a visit to complete an MRI scan for your baby. We will study your baby’s brain after birth—your baby will have the MRI after they fall asleep. MRI scans have no radiation, no injections, and no medications. We will also ask you questions related to your thoughts, feelings, and environment and ask you to complete several follow up surveys. You can earn up to $260 for your participation in this study.
Will I be compensated for participating?
You may receive the following for study activities you are eligible to complete:
- $20 for each set of 3 online surveys
- $100 for your infant’s MRI
- Possible $100 for additional infant MRI
You can earn up to $260 for your participation in this study.
How long is the study?
Study activities you are eligible to complete would last approximately:
- 30 min-1 hour for each set of surveys
- 2-3 hours for your infant’s MRI
Can you pay for my transportation?
Researchers will provide you with courtesy parking and can also pay for transportation.
Are MRIs safe for infants?
MRI scanning is a noninvasive process that uses a large magnet to take pictures of the brain. It is painless and does not involve X-ray radiation. MRI does not involve any radiation, sedation or injections and is safe for all ages.
We check for metal several times before scanning anyone, including your baby. Patients with heart pacemakers, metal implants, or metal chips or clips in or around the eyes cannot be scanned with MRI because of the effect of the magnet on metal.
There are no known side effects of an MRI scan. The benefit of an MRI scan is that it allows us to visualize the structures and blood flow within the brain.
What if I change my mind and don’t want to participate?
That’s fine! If you get a call or email from a researcher, just tell them you don’t want to participate and they will not contact you again.
How do I participate?
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