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Antidepressant study at University College London

03 July 2018

We are looking for healthy volunteers aged 18-40 to take part in a study investigating the effects of antidepressants on emotional processing, decision-making and learning.

You will be asked to take a low dose of the safe and well-established antidepressant ‘Citalopram’ or a placebo for a period of 7 days. You will then visit the study centre at University College London multiple times to play computerised games and fill out questionnaires. Payment for participation will be £90-£115.


  • Healthy volunteers aged 18-40
  • NO substantial neurological or psychiatric history, including depression
  • NO current or past history of alcohol or drug dependency
  • NO Asthma, chronic pulmonary disease, liver or kidney insufficiencies, lactose intolerance, low blood pressure, low pulse, any cardiac or endocrine disorder
  • NOT taking any regular medications with the only exception of the contraceptive pill
  • NO occasional drug (including recreational drugs) use within the last month
  • NOT having participated in any other pharmacological study within the last month
  • NOT having experienced an allergic reaction (rash) upon administration of a drug
  • NO Women who may be pregnant or are breast feeding

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Ethical approval

This study has been approved by the University College London Research Ethics Committee (Project ID Number): 9787/002

About the researcher

My name is Dr Jochen Michely, I am a medical doctor at University College London Hospitals and research associate at University College London interested in understanding how certain psychopharmacological agents impact on cognitive mechanisms such as emotional processing, decision-making and learning. The knowledge I hope to gain from this research could ultimately lead to a better understanding of mental illness and particularly to an improvement of treatment strategies for mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.

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