Participate in Research

The Brain Plasticity & Neuroimaging Lab (BPN) examines modulators of the medial temporal hippocampal and prefrontal systems across the adult human lifespan by inviting you to participate in paid in-person studies and contribute to cutting-edge research.

Submit a response to the contact form to learn about participating in our ongoing projects.

What Do These Studies Involve?

Currently, we have projects ongoing that focus on the impact of psychosocial stress on neurocognitive function examined through the lens of racialized stress in African American/Black adults. For this research, we use functional and structural MRI, structured interviews, surveys and questionnaires, neuropsychological assessments, and biomarker assays from blood and saliva. More information on each study is listed in their descriptions here.


Who Is Eligible to Participate?

Each study has different participation eligibility criteria. Please contact Study Coordinator & Lab Manager for the Emerging Adult Study, Lisa Wood, or Study Coordinator for the Older Adult Study, Niya Adlersberg, for more information about which study is best for you.

To participate, you must be:

  • Based in the Greater Boston area
  • 18 to 25 years of age, 2nd-year student enrolled in college/university 
  • 65 years of age or older
  • Able to speak and understand English
  • Self-identify as Black or African-American

Photo of CAMed CampusWhere Are We Located?

The Brain Plasticity & Neuroimaging Lab is located on the 10th floor of 72 E Concord St, Boston, MA in the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. The lab is in the heart of Boston’s South End near Franklin Park and Boston Medical Center and is located close to local favorites like Toro, Jaho Coffee Shop, and South End Buttery. We are right across from the Boston University Shuttle (BUS) Albany St. stop.

How Do I Get to the Lab?

By Public Transportation

The lab is near the MBTA Massachusetts Avenue Station, which services the MBTA Orange line and the MBTA 1 bus. The lab is a 5-minute walk from the MBTA Silver line stop at Newton & Washington St. The lab is also accessible by the BU Shuttle bus, which stops and picks up at the Mass. Ave MBTA Orange line station then drops off on Albany St. in front of the Boston University School of Public Health.

By Car

Parking on the medical campus is limited and heavily regulated. We highly recommend taking public transportation or coordinating transportation to the lab through lab manager, Lisa Wood or Study Coordinator, Niya Adlersberg for more information. If you decide to drive, there is metered parking in the surrounding area on Washington St., Concord St., and Albany St., and nearby parking garages.