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Volunteers needed for high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) research study
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Oct 11, 2010
We are seeking volunteer research participants for a study investigating the mechanisms of high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). We will be using new, non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to measure lung function. We are looking for 5 volunteer research participants between 18 and 39 years old who have had a physician documented HAPE event. We are also seeking 5 volunteers who have been to high altitude, but have never had pulmonary edema.

What volunteers will do in the study: There will be three parts to the study. The first part lasts approximately 30 minutes and will involve a medical examination to ensure you qualify for the study. In the second part, which will last about 1.5 hours, you will breathe air from a mask giving the same oxygen content as 14,000 ft. elevation for 20 minutes. MRI scans will be obtained before and after this procedure. The third part will be similar to the second part of the study, but you will breathe from the mask for 50 minutes while performing mild exercise on a stationary bike.

The study will take place in Boston, MA and will be conducted by investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University and the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. Reasonable travel expenses will be covered.

For more information, please contact one of the following:

Michael Patz
Medical student researcher, rock and alpine climber.

Ron Kukla
Research Subject Coordinator
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA 02115
Tel. 781-789-7043

Samuel Patz, PhD
Principal Investigator
Associate Professor of Radiology
Harvard Medical School
Scientific Director, Center for Pulmonary Functional Imaging
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA 02115
Mike dandy Patz
Joined Dec 9, 2006
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Oct 11, 2010
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Might be helpful to add the "Boston, MA" part in the post's title. Erik W
From Boulder, CO
Joined Mar 8, 2007
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Feb 26, 2011
are you still looking for participants for this? i'm only a couple hours from boston and would love to be a part of it. i realize it's 5 months late but i figured i'd ask T.L. Kushner
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