Current Studies

 

​Participate in Our “Developmental Effects of Home Radon Exposure" Research Study

Radon is a natural gas that can build up in homes, especially in eastern Nebraska and Iowa. Despite its environmental toxin status and high exposure rates in the US, there are still many questions about its effect.

This study aims to determine if everyday radon exposure has an impact on the development of neural and immune systems in children and teens. Goals for the study include:

Goal 1: Does radon alter brain structure and function in otherwise healthy children and teens?

Goal 2: Does radon increase activity of the immune system through increased body inflammation?

Your child may be eligible to participate in our study if he or she:

  • Is between ages 8 – 15
  • Is medically healthy with no psychiatric or neurological disorders
  • Can complete various mental tasks
  • Is not pregnant or planning on a pregnancy
  • Speaks English as a primary language

Study Requirements

  • Visit the Institute for Human Neuroscience twice.
  • Complete behavioral and neuropsychological assessments.
  • Provide saliva samples.
  • Complete MEG and MRI brain scans.
  • Complete a pre-paid mail-in home radon test kit.

Compensation

Participants will be compensated each time they visit the Institute for Human Neuroscience, and​ when they submit a completed radon test kit.

Participants will receive $50 for each visit to the Institute, and $20 for completing the radon test kit. 

Sign Up to Participate

Please fill out the form below and a member of our team will contact you. For questions about the study details, please contact Tejiri Smith, Tejiri.Smith@boystown.org or 531-355-8920.