Women recruits sought for oxytocin research study

The University of Cambridges’ Autism Research Centre, is running a study to investigate the potential benefit of oxytocin nasal spray for individuals on the autistic spectrum. The study team is very keen to include women with an ASC to participate in our study and would be very grateful if your support group could reach out female volunteers on our behalf, making them aware of this study.

In short, this research study involves two sessions of fMRI scanning scheduled on separate occasions. Before each scan the participants receive either an Oxytocin or placebo nasal spray; as this is a double blind study, neither the researcher or the participant know which spray is Oxytocin and which is placebo. Participants will also be asked to complete some tests online and in person. At the end of their participation in the study, they will be paid 20£ per testing session and reimbursed for their travel expenses. Testing takes place on the Forvie site at Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge and each testing session lasts between two and three hours.

I’ve attached to this email PDF versions of the flyer/poster being used to recruit for this study and the information sheet which is being sent out to potential participants.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and either I or the research study leader, Richard Bethlehem (CC’d) will be happy to answer!

Sarah K Crockford
Research Assistant,Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

Printable flyer Oxytocin_MRI_Advert_Cases

Participant information sheet Oxytocin_MRI_PARTICIPANT_INFORMATION_SHEET_FEMALE