Nutrition Counseling Study for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Conducted by Lin Chang, MD

This study involves free nutrition sessions with a skilled IBS-specializing dietitian*. You must be:fodmap_gut

  • Adult (at least 18 years of age)
  • Diagnosed by your doctor with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with diarrhea OR diarrhea with constipation (IBS-D or IBS-M)
  • Have never met with Nancee Jaffe, MS, RD or tried the low-FODMAP diet before
  • For any medications currently taking – dose has not changed in past 30 days
  • Have NO history of prior digestive surgery excluding appendectomy, or prior organic digestive illness diagnosed by your doctor
  • Have NOT taken antibiotics in the past 2 months
  • Do NOT have a current diagnosed eating disorder
  • Have NOT had a cholecystectomy within the last 6 months

If you fit the criteria listed above, consider joining our study! Please contact study coordinator, Nafeesa Islam, to set up an appointment for screening and enrollment.
Phone: (310) 206-1656

fodmap_jaffe* Nancee Jaffe, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian at the UCLA Digestive Health & Nutrition Clinic in the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases

Nancee graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, where she earned her masters of science in nutrition. She completed her dietetic internship at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was mentored by Dr. Lin Chang of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience. Joining the UCLA Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases in 2012, Nancee is an integral part of the Celiac Disease Program and Digestive Health & Nutrition Clinic. She is involved with direct patient interaction during individual nutrition counseling sessions. In 2016, Nancee was a reviewer for the American Gastroenterological Association patient initiatives for short bowel syndrome and the low FODMAP diet. She also helps mentor the division’s fellows and is asked to speak on nutrition and digestive disorders at conferences inclusive of the Southern California Society of Gastroenterology.

Obese or Overweight Men and Women Needed for Neuroimaging Study
Conducted by Arpana Gupta, PhD and Emeran Mayer, MD, PhD

Are you worried about your weight? Help us explore the brain-gut connection related to obesity by participating in our study. If you are a healthy adult who struggles with your weight you may be eligible. If you are between the ages of 18 and 55, you may qualify to participate in a research study conducted by Drs. Arpana Gupta and Emeran Mayer at the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience.

obesity_adThe purpose of this study is to learn more about how the gut influences the brain’s perception of hunger, cravings and food satisfaction, which may lead to the development of better diagnostic tests and treatments for obesity in the future.

The study consists of 2 visits:

  • Medical and clinical assessments
  • Brain MRI
  • Blood and stool samples
  • Compensation is up to $150

If interested, please call (310) 825-7217

Men and Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain Needed for Longitudinal Study
Conducted by Emeran Mayer, MD, PhD

This study is an Observational Study to better understand Chronic Pelvic Pain in Patients.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Have been diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis (IC) / Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS) OR Chronic Prostatitis (CP) / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS)

Participation involves five to eight study visits, collection of blood, saliva and urine samples, MRI, sensory testing and completion of questionnaires on the Internet for a period of 36 months.

You will be paid up to $900 for your participation in this study.

For more information call (310) 206-1719 or email

For more information about the Multi-Disciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain Network, visit

Women Undergoing Bariatric Surgery Needed for Research on Obesity
Conducted by Erik Dutson MD/Claudia Sanmiguel, MD

Claudia Sanmiguel, MD from the UCLA Ingestive Behavior and Obesity Program in collaboration with Erik Dutson, MD from the UCLA Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program are conducting a study to understand how bariatric surgery works to affect the brain’s perception of hunger and changes in food satisfaction after weight loss surgery.

To be eligible for this study you must be

  • Right-handed
  • Between the ages of 18 to 55
  • planning to undergo gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy surgery at UCLA

Eligible participants will complete 4 visits over 6 months involving 3 MRI’s of the brain, medical evaluations, questionnaires and blood, urine and stool samples.

Study activity will be free of charge and parking will be compensated. The study does NOT include the gastric bypass surgery. Earn up to $240 and get a picture of your brain!

If interested, please call Anya at (310) 825-3287 and refer to the “Brain Activity Changes after Gastric Bypass” study

Men and Women with IBS Needed for an Imaging Study on the Brain, the Gut and the Microbiome
Conducted by Emeran Mayer, MD, PhD

Participate in Brain Imaging Research conducted by Dr. Emeran Mayer at The Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress. You must be:

  • 18-55
  • Right-handed
  • Not pregnant
  • Diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • No significant neurological or psychological medical history

Participation involves a screening visit, an MRI and one stool sample.

Earn up to $100 and get a digital picture of your brain.

The purpose of this study is to examine brain networks at rest in chronic pain conditions compared to healthy controls.

If interested please call (310) 825-7217

Women with Vulvodynia Needed for Brain Imaging Study
Conducted by Jennifer Labus, PhD

If you are female between the ages of 18 to 55 and 1) have been diagnosed with vestibulodynia/vulvodynia Or 2) are experiencing chronic pain at the opening of the vagina with or without intercourse we would like you to participate in a research study conducted by Dr. Emeran Mayer at the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress.

The purpose of this research is to help understand the the physiology and genetic makeup of this chronic pain condition.

Participation involves 2 visits (1 screening, 1 MRI scan) over approximately 1-3 weeks. You must be right-handed and not pregnant.

Earn up to $130.00.

For further details please call  (310) 825-5255

Men Needed for Study on Effect of Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation on Emotional and Cellular Wellbeing
Conducted by Kirsten Tillisch, MD

Are you interested in a non-invasive, non-drug therapy for mood symptoms? The purpose of this study is to learn more about anxiety and/or depression and is conducted by Dr. Kirsten Tillisch at the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience.

You may be eligible if you are:ces_ad

  • Male
  • Between the ages of 18-40
  • Suffering from anxiety and/or depression

The treatment is a safe, commercially available take-home electrotherapy device. It delivers a low-level current via ear clips. This is a randomized, controlled trial, so half of the participants will have active devices and half will have inactive devices.

Involvement includes a screening visit and two clinic visits, one blood draw during the first and last visit, and the completion of questionnaires, which will take place at UCLA.

Compensated up to $200 for study completion.

If interested, please call (310) 206-8545 or email