Motor Dysfunction and Brain Changes in Cognitive and Mood Disorders

Faculty Name:
Vincent Koppelmans

Department:
Psychiatry

Faculty College:
Medicine

Email:
vincent.koppelmans@utah.edu


Project Description:

Cognitive and mood disorders are associated with distinct motor problems and brain dysfunction. However, not much is known about the motor behavioral profile of subjects with depression and mild cognitive impairment, or how they are related to the structure and function of brain regions that show differences between these groups and healthy control subjects. We are looking for a student that has a keen interest in mood disorders or cognitive dysfunction in older individuals.



Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal; Earn independent study credit


Student Role:

1) Helping with phone screening participants for eligibility in our study, 2) Helping with data collection (no in-person contact required)


Student Benefits:

The opportunity to learn about 1) mood disorders, cognitive dysfunction, and their relation to brain structure in older individuals; 2) running a scientific study.


Project Duration:

Project duration is 6 months with the possibility to stay on longer. Estimated hours per week: 6-10.


Minimum Requirements:

Feeling comfortable talking to potential participants over the phone, good organizational skills, responsible