Participants Needed for Research on Memory Loss in Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Thursday, September 16, 1999

Participants are needed for a study by a University of Tulsa researcher who is studying methods of enhancing memory in people with multiple sclerosis. TU psychology professor Michael Basso is recruiting 120 adult subjects, including 90 with multiple sclerosis.

Basso has received $101,000 for his research from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

Participants will be seen for a single testing session lasting two to three hours at TU’s Center for Communication Disorders, 2820 E. 5th St. Memory tests will involve the presentation of information such as short stories and word lists. Later, recall of this information will be assessed.

For people who are unable to travel to TU, Basso’s research team will schedule an appointment at a more convenient location. His team can travel to outlying areas such as Stillwater, Muskogee, Bartlesville and Oklahoma City.

Participants will receive $15 and an allowance for meals. Those who travel to TU from outside of Tulsa will be reimbursed for travel costs. Escorts will be paid for lunch and mileage.

To enroll in the study, contact Basso by phone at (918) 631-3151, by E-mail at michael-basso@utulsa.edu or write to him, care of M.S. and Memory Project, Department of Psychology, The University of Tulsa, 600 S. College Ave., Tulsa, OK 74104.

Basso says it is estimated that as many as 70 percent of people with multiple sclerosis have some form of cognitive difficulty, with forgetfulness being a common complaint. Although memory deficits can be debilitating, he says, existing treatments for multiple sclerosis have not been especially effective in addressing this problem.