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Studies Recruitment Opportunities

Arab American Chronic Lower Back Pain Study

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are recruiting people with chronic low back pain for research looking at physical and emotional factors associated with back pain.

  • Participants must be between 18 and 65 years old.
  • Participants must read and understand English.
  • Participants will be compensated $25 for their time.

If you are interested, please use the link:

For more information or questions, please email us:


Arab American Cancer Study

Have you had difficulty covering costs related to cancer treatment? We'd like to learn more about the opinions of Arab American cancer survivors or people who support/provide care for people with cancer about challenges in paying cancer-related costs. The research study involves participating in a one-time-key informant interview up to 1 hour in length ($50 gift card compensation). Participant criteria:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Self-identify as Arab American
  • Cancer caregiver OR cancer survivor in the last five years
  • Reside in the metropolitan Detroit area

Contact Ali Fakih, or 313-241-0709, to participate.

Arab American Mental Health

Share your mental health definitions, experiences, and attitudes in a confidential interview setting. All participants will receive a $30 Amazon gift card. 

For participant's rights and questions, call 1-866-680-2906.

For study questions and involvement, contact


Understanding the Barriers to Adequate Sexual Health in Middle Eastern Immigrant Women  

Join this interview-based study that aims to explore attitudes of sexual health care in Middle Eastern immigrant women. Our goal is to better understand how the quality and access of sexual health care can be improved for immigrant Middle Eastern women.

Who is eligible?

  • Women between ages 18-59 years of age
  • Either you have immigrated to the US from a Middle Eastern country or your parent(s) have immigrated to the US from a Middle Eastern country.

Participation involves:

  • A one-on-one interview lasting 30 minutes that can be done over the phone or via video (Zoom) (your preference).
  • Everything you share will be confidential


$25 gift card compensation available for all participants.


Survivors of Domestic Violence Research Study

Have you experienced domestic violence, harassment, or stalking during COVID-19? Are you over 18 years old? Participate in one or two confidential interviews to share your experiences of domestic violence and the COVID-19 pandemic. This interview will be conducted virtually and scheduled at your convenience. A $40 check will be provided for each interview.

Please contact Paige Sweet, Assistance Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, by text, phone call (515-991-4213), or email (


Muslim Women Struggling with Infertility Study

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Focus Group Discussion

Are you 18-45 years old from Dearborn, MI? This study is looking for US-born Arab Americans with one immigrant parent to participate in a paid focus group discussion. Click here to learn more. 

COVID-19 Impact Study

We are a group of researchers at Michigan State University studying the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the well-being and health of people in our local Michigan Community. We invite you to take part in our study through the anonymous link below. There is no immediate benefit to you for taking part. Yet, your response is important for our understanding of COVID-19 pandemic impact on local communities including racial/ethnic minorities, and for shaping future public health policies. Your decision to take part is voluntary and you can decide to withdraw from the study at any time. We thank you for your time!

Resiliency in MENA and Arab Families

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How does your family communicate about cancer?

University of Michigan researchers are seeking volunteers to participate in a virtual focus group to evaluate communication about cancer risk in the Arab population in Michigan.

The goal of this research study is to increase access and utility of genetic counseling services to Arab-American patients with a personal or family history of cancer.

Click on the flyers below for more information.

Clinical Trial Evaluating the Most Effective Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Paradigm for Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Department of Emergency Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine is conducting a study with patients presenting with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) to the ED at the Detroit Receiving Hospital. The Hyperbaric Oxygen Brain Injury Treatment Trial (HOBIT) is being done to learn whether a new study treatment for subjects with TBI is likely to help them get better. The purpose is also to determine the best dose. The study treatment being studied is giving 100% oxygen at higher than normal pressures inside a chamber, also called hyperbaric oxygen therapy or HBOT. HBOT is routinely used for other conditions but not in subjects with TBI. It is unknown if adding HBOT to the standard care given to TBI patients is more effective, less effective, or the same as standard care alone. This trial is supported and sponsored by the SIREN-NETT Network which is funded by the National Institutes of Neurologic Disease and Stroke.

The patients with severe TBI will be unconscious and unable to say whether or not they want to participate in the study. This type of situations involves Exception from Informed Consent (EFIC) for emergency research. EFIC for emergency research refers to a special set of rules used by the US government to regulate studies when research participants cannot tell researchers their desires in a medical emergency. These special rules allow research studies in certain emergency situations to be conducted without consent when the person’s life is at risk, the best treatment is not known, the study might help the person, and It is not possible to get permission from the person because of his or her medical condition nor from the person’s representative because there is a very short amount of time required to treat the medical problem, or the representative is not available.

This study may affect you or someone you know, and we need to find out ahead of time what the residents of the participating communities think about it. We would like to hear from you anonymously. Please spend few minutes to fill out the survey in the link below.

Online Survey link:

For more information about the HOBIT trial, please contact the trial Site Principal Investigator, Anthony Lagina, MD and Research Associate, Farhan Ayaz at 313-745-6492. You can also visit the trial website


Impact of critical periods on brain development

Inclusion Criteria: children aged 9

This study examines the effects of stress on brain development and emotion processing. Participation in this study includes an MRI scan, computer games, interview, and receiving up to $800 in compensation! This study is conducted by the Detroit Trauma Project, a research group at Wayne State University.

January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2023

Questions? Contact: (586) 275-7584 or

If you are interested in this study please visit:


Longitudinal Study of Bipolar Disorder

Individuals with BIPOLAR DISORDER and HEALTHY COMPARISON SUBJECTS are needed. This study began in 2006 and is currently enrolling participants.

The purpose of this study is to actively investigate the genetics of bipolar disorder, along with illness outcomes, and treatment response by monitoring persons with and without the illness. Participants will be asked to complete structured interviews, neuropsychological testing, questionnaire, blood draw for genetics and biomarkers.

If you are interested in the study, please visit Questions? Contact: 1-877-864-3637 or email