Participate in research

As a member of the Volunteers for Imaging Pool (VIP) you will receive targeted emails informing you of (functional) MRI studies in which you can participate. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a safe and non-invasive imaging technique which is widely used to image the anatomy and function of the human body. It makes use of a strong magnetic field and radiofrequency fields. A more elaborate description can be found here. We regularly need healthy volunteers for MRI studies. These are either full-fledged imaging studies approved by a Medical Ethical Committee (mostly functional MRI studies), or pilot scans for testing of MRI protocols (no experimental interventions). For all studies you will receive more detailed information on the basis of which you can decide to participate or not.

Location: University Medical Center Utrecht (AZU, Heidelberglaan 100, Utrecht)

Incentive: For all studies you will receive a monetary incentive of approximately 25 euro per scan hour.

There are some general contra-indications for MRI. The most important exclusion criteria are:

  • Having claustrophobia
  • Having metal in your body (e.g., pacemaker, metal joints, prostheses, etc.) or metal objects on the body which cannot be removed  (e.g., hearing aid, dental brace, piercing, etc.)**.

 ** For some scans, particular metal objects are either allowed or not depending on the kind of object, the body part that will be scanned and the magnetic field strenght of the scanner. This may be because of safety issues or because of scan quality (artefacts). For example, for functional MRI studies a dental brace is an exclusion criterium because it leads to signal loss at the bottom of the brain. For a scan of your abdomen or legs, a dental brace will pose no problem.

To sign up click here and provide your email address. You will then be mailed a Word form that you should fill in and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Your email address will only be used for mailing you with regard to our MRI studies. You can opt out at any time by mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ‘unsubscribe VIP’ in the subject line.

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Research from the Nutritional Neuroscience Lab was funded by grants from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

The Nutritional Neuroscience Lab is affiliated with the Image Sciences Institute of the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.