Healthy Infants, Children and Adults Needed for a Research Study

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this research study is to improve our understanding of and ability to care for children and adults affected by diseases and disorders that cause motor problems.

Who can participate?

Healthy infants, children, teens and adults 1 month to 60 years old may be eligible to participate.

What is involved?

If you choose to participate, you or your child will be in the research study for 1 study that will last up to 3 hours.

During the study visit, you or your child will have a test called a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS. TMS uses a hand-sized magnet, like the magnet used for MRI scans. This magnet is placed over the scalp and is triggered to give a series of pulses. The pulses will make muscles in the body, for example a hand or leg, twitch. We will measure the responses using wires taped to the skin. You or your child may be asked to watch or perform some tasks on a laptop computer while the TMS session is performed.

If you agree to participate in this study, you or your child will complete some or all of following procedures:

  • A brief physical exam
  • Provide demographic information and medical history
  • Answer a series of questions about how you feel before the TMS session
  • Complete the TMS session
  • Answer a series of questions about how you feel after the TMS session
  • Complete an EEG (a test where a net that looks like a hat is placed over your scalp to measure brain activity)

A detailed list of procedures will be provided to anyone interested in knowing more about this study.

What are the benefits?

You or your child will not receive a direct medical benefit from being in this study. The information gained from this study may improve our future understanding of how to care for neurological, psychiatric and developmental disorders.

Will I get all the facts about the study?

You, as the participant or as the parent or guardian, will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. The form covers all of the procedures, the risks, the benefits, the pay, who to contact with questions or concerns and more. A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and will be sure that all of your questions are answered.

What are the risks and discomforts of the study?

There is limited risk associated with this study but all possible discomforts or risks will be discussed with you if you are interested in learning more about the study.

Do participants receive pay, compensation or reimbursement?

Participants will receive $15 per hour they are in the lab for their time and travel.


Cameron Laue

Study Doctor

Donald Gilbert, MD, MS
Director, Tourette Syndrome and Movement Disorders Clinics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Division of Neurology