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Volunteers with Depression needed for Ketamine Treatment Study

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  • Our study is looking at how ketamine treatment relates to changes in mood, brain chemistry and function, and gene regulation.
  • The study involves screening tests to determine eligibility, receiving up to 4 ketamine infusions at UCLA, and having 4 brain scans (1 scan before treatment, 1 scan the day after the first treatment, 1 scan the day after the last treatment, and approximately 5 weeks after treatment completion)
  • Blood samples will be collected to examine gene regulation and immune system response before each brain scan
  • This study involves logging mood regularly on your phone during and after treatment
  • Patients must be diagnosed with depression, able to undergo MRI scanning, and not be using illicit substances. A letter from your treating psychiatrist is required. 
  • The procedures will be at no cost to you and will occur over a 2-week period with the entire study lasting up to 2 months. Transportation will be reimbursed
  • A letter from your current psychiatrist authorizing participation in the study is required


Please call 310-794-0305 or e-mail to speak to the Ketamine Study Coordinator.

Protocol ID: IRB#15-001173    UCLA IRB Approved   Approval Date: 05/10/2018   Through: 05/09/2019   Committee: Medical IRB 3

Visit for complete study details and information. 

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