Active Studies

Study objective: This study is designed to learn about how infants' attention to different kinds of information (people and objects) promotes their social and language development.

Am I eligible? Participants should be between 6 and 12 months old and generally healthy

What is involved? The study involves a visit to the KU Edwards Campus that usually lasts about 1 hour. During the visit infants will watch short movies while sitting in car seat (for about 5-10 minutes) and play with toys. Caregivers will complete questionnaires about their child's development.

Study objective: The study researchers aim to determine the effect of a woman's weight gain during pregnancy and her pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) on the way fetal heartbeats are regulated. This kind of regulation - the speeding up and slowing down of heartbeats - is known as "heart rate variability," or HRV. The ability to regulate heartbeats is important and is needed for the fetus to adapt to life outside the womb. HRV is linked to certain behaviors after birth like the ability to self-soothe and attend to sounds and sights.

Study objective: Researchers are trying to learn more about what causes the muscle weakness and stiffness (myotonia) in myotonic dystrophy. This study is needed to help scientists design new treatments for myotonic dystrophy. A second purpose of the study is to find the best way to measure whether myotonic dystrophy is getting better or worse, and determine how it changes over time. This information is needed to plan future studies to test treatments for myotonic dystrophy.

Study objective: The study researchers hope to learn if the drug, belimumab, is effective in reducing signs of myasthenia gravis (MG) as indicated by Quantitative Myasthenia Gravis score, a measurement of MG?s effects on muscle strength.

Am I eligible? Participants must be 18 years or older with a diagnosis of MG who are receiving standard medical care for the condition, and continue to show signs of the disease. You may be excluded from participating if you do not meet other medical criteria at a screening visit.

Study objective: By doing this study, researchers hope to learn the factors that may predict success in sticking with an exercise program and the role of reward, punishment, and impulse control in keeping up with exercise. The researchers are also looking at how the brain responds to changes in fitness, using imaging tests.