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Healthy volunteers needed for an emotional processing study!

25 September 2019

We are looking for healthy volunteers aged 18-50 years to take part in a study investigating how a statin (a medication commonly used to reduce cholesterol) changes the way we process emotional information and rewarding information, and its effect on inflammation.
The study consists of 2 sessions (4 hours in total).
It involves psychological tasks and taking one tablet each day for 7 days between the two study visits.

You will also be asked questions about your medical history.


  • Aged 18-50 years old.
  • Not currently taking any regular medications (except the contraceptive pill).
  • No history of, or current significant mental disorder.
  • No current alcohol or substance misuse disorder.
  • No history of, or current significant liver disease (e.g. cirrhosis).
  • No history of, or current significant neurological condition (e.g. epilepsy).
  • No known allergy or hypersensitivity to the study drug (i.e. atorvastatin).
  • Are not pregnant, breast feeding, or a woman of child-bearing potential not using appropriate contraceptive measures.
  • Have not participated in a study that uses the same or similar computer tasks as those used in the present study.
  • Have not participated in a study that involves the use of a medication within the last three months.

Take part in this study


Ethical approval

University of Oxford MS IDREC reference: R61966/RE001

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