Emory Healthy Brain Study FAQs

Do I have to participate in the Emory Healthy Aging Study before I can join EHBS?
Yes, you need to complete the health history questionnaire to be invited to join the EHBS.
How do we choose our EHBS participants?
We review your responses to the Emory Healthy Aging Study health history questionnaire to determine if you are eligible. We are looking for generally healthy individuals, who live close to the Atlanta area, and are between the ages of 50 and 75.
How will I know if I qualify for the study?
If you qualify for the EHBS a research coordinator will contact you if you are deemed eligible to participate in the study. Screening eligibility may take several months. If you have additional questions about your eligibility, you may contact us at healthybrainstudy@emory.edu.
How often will I come in for a visit?
Once every two (2) years.
How long will I have to participate in the EHBS study?
Currently, the study does not have an expiration date so you may participate for as long as you wish.
How long will the visit last?
The visit will last approximately seven (7) hours.
I work full-time – can I split my visit into two days?
Yes, we can divide the visit based on the most convenient schedule for you.
When will my visit start?
All visits start in the morning at one of five times: 7:30 am, 8:00 am, 8:30 am, 9:30am, and 10:00 am. You may choose any time you wish, as long as that time slot has not been previously taken for the given day.
Can I schedule my visit on a weekend?
Currently, we only schedule visits Monday through Friday.
Where will my study visit take place?
6 Executive Park Dr. NE
2nd floor Atlanta, GA 30329

You may either park your car on any level of the garage to the left free of charge, or you may use the complimentary valet service available until 5pm. Then you simply head through the main doors marked ‘Brain Health Center,’ and check-in on the first floor.
Will I be compensated for my time?
Yes, you will receive a $150 gift card for completing the fasting visit and an additional $75 gift card for completing the MRI.
Can/Will my results be disclosed to my doctor or me?
No, we do not release any study results to participants unless we discover a problem that is medically actionable, or treatable. This is done because it takes a while to discover the meaning of research results. We also do not disclose any information to providers outside of our study. Furthermore, all specimens collected from you will be de-identified, so the providers on the team will be blind as well.
How will my information be used?
Your samples and information may be used to help create new diagnostic tests, medicines, or other commercial uses.
Will participation in this study benefit me directly?
The main purpose of research is to gain knowledge. It is not necessarily intended for personal benefit, although the knowledge we gain will be used to help others in the future.
Will I need a study partner?
A study partner is not a requirement; however, if you want to schedule a visit at the same time as a friend or family member, we can certainly accommodate that.
Will I need to fast for my visit?
Yes, you must fast for the six (6) hours prior to your visit. This means you cannot have any breakfast or caffeine the morning of your visit; however, please drink plenty of water before your arrival! We will provide you with additional water when you arrive and a meal after these procedures are finished. You may choose the 9:30am visit which allows you to eat breakfast before 6:30am and complete fasting procedures in the afternoon. You would still be fasting for 6 hours during the day, though. We also ask that you refrain from smoking or drinking anything with caffeine for at least twelve (12) hours prior to your visit.
When will I be able to eat?
Typically, the fasting procedures are performed in the morning, except for the 9:30am visit, which are in the afternoon. Therefore, you will have a meal once all of these have been completed, approximately three hours after the start of your visit for the 7:30am, 8:00am, 8:30am, and 10am visits; and five hours for the 9:30am visit.
How much water should I drink?
More than your normal daily intake. About ten (10) 8oz glasses of pure water should be consumed within the 24 hours leading up to your visit.
How should I dress for my visit?
On the day of your visit, dress in comfortable clothing with loose fitting sleeves. You will be moving to multiple rooms throughout the day, and some procedures require you to sit or lie still for lengths of time. There will be no physical exercise component, so it is not necessary to bring athletic wear; however, please do not wear heels as they ruin the gait mat. Additionally, please refrain from wearing lotion or pantyhose, as these affect our ability to perform the cardiovascular procedures.
Should I take my medication before my visit?
Yes, please take your medications as usual.
Are there any alternatives to the lumbar puncture?
Not at the present time. You must be willing to undergo a lumbar puncture to participate in the study. Most participants report the lumbar puncture is not nearly as bad as it seems.

I had Lasik eye surgery. Can I still have the Neurovision testing?
Please ask your Provider before electing to have this procedure.
Is it safe for me to drive home after the eye dilation?
Yes, although please bring sunglasses with you for your ride home as your eyes will be sensitive to light. We will also provide you with disposable sunglasses.
If I know someone who is also interested in participating, how do I refer them to the study?
Please direct them to the “Get More Information” link on the Emory Healthy Brain Study page of our website.

Your time commitment is minimal, but the potential impact is immeasurable!

Life expectancy is expected to substantially grow in the future
1 in 5 people will be aged 60 plus in 2050
Life expectancy in the US increased by 10.5 years from 1950 to 2015
It takes 22 minutes to join the Healthy Aging Study and contribute to a large public health initiative

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