Healthy volunteers needed for a research study

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center is seeking healthy volunteers, 18-60 years old for a research study on myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). This information may help researchers to better understand the causes of this debilitating syndrome.

You may be eligible, if you:

  • Are healthy and between the ages of 18 and 60
  • Have completed the 7 grade or higher
  • Are able to stay at the NIH Clinical Center as an inpatient for study visits

You may NOT be eligible if you:

  • Have a medical condition that causes fatigue
  • Are pregnant, breast feeding, or trying to become pregnant during the 6 month period of the study
  • Are unable to undergo an MRI scan

Participating includes:

  • A pre-screening phone interview
  • A 2-5 day inpatient visit with up to 8 hours of testing each day
  • Testing includes:
    • Brain imaging studies using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    • Blood, urine, saliva, and spinal fluid collection
    • Tilt table test
    • Completing an activity diary at home

Participants will have a second 5-10 day inpatient stay with up to 8 hours of testing each day and overnight measurements that includes:

  • Performing vigorous exercise for periods of 10-15 minutes
  • Sleeping in a room that measures how the body uses energy
  • Brain imaging studies, brain transcranial magnetic stimulation, and collection of spinal fluid

No cost for study-related tests and procedures. You may receive compensation for your participation

The NIH Clinical Center, America’s Research Hospital, is located on the Metro red line (Medical Center stop) in Bethesda, Maryland.


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