MRI Brain and Spinal Cord Study for Fibromyalgia

About the Study

We are recruiting female participants with Fibromyalgia for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan study. This study assesses pain processing mechanisms in the brain and spinal cord with the aim to develop safe and effective pain treatments and therapies.

Participants will come to Stanford University in Palo Alto for 2 visits of 3.5 hours each. Each visit will comprise of an MRI scan, pain experiments and surveys. Study participants will receive up to $500 compensation and an image of their brain.

Funding for this study is provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


What does the study involve for participants?

  • Two visits at Stanford University, 3.5 hours per visit
  • MRI brain and spinal cord scans
  • Surveys
  • Pain experiments
  • Receive up to $500 in compensation

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Right handed
  • Female between 18-65 years of age
  • Have a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia with a duration >3 months
  • English fluency
  • Do not have spinal pathology or opioid use
  • Have no contraindications to MRI (no metallic implants, non-removable piercings, or head and neck tattoos)
  • not claustrophobic
  • not pregnant
  • No history of substance abuse disorder
  • No pending personal litigation relating to an injury

Find out if you are eligible!

Click here to the access and complete the screening survey.

You may also access and complete the screening survey by copying and pasting the following link to your web browser: https://redcap.stanford.edu/surveys/?s=H8TNCYXDMX

A study coordinator will be in contact with you if you may be eligible for the study.

Know that we will do everything we can to keep your data private as required by law and will not share it with anyone who is not working on the study

For questions about the study, contact the study coordinator:
Email: nmegerdi@stanford.edu
Phone: (650)497-0857


For questions regarding participant rights, contact:
Phone: (866) 680-2906