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June 2014

The Nauseatingly Long Road to New Haven

Diane
The taxi transporting me from NYC to New Haven was white with pink lettering, and to my relief the driver was a woman. Tall, friendly – “Hi, I’m Renee, nice to meet ya, let’s get ya going here” – with the strongest down-to-earth vibe I think I have ever felt from anybody. I wish I had been more ‘with it’…but on top of being anxious, I started getting carsick on the nearly three-hour journey there. I leaned my head back and breathed while counting…in one, out one…in two, out two…while occasionally thinking to myself “Oh god this lady is so

Brain Imaging Study Day One: NYU

Diane
I was to present at NYU at 9AM sharp. I forced myself to leave my room to get some breakfast before I procrastinated until it was too late to do so…something I do on a very regular basis. I was exhausted and nervous, even more than my own norm. As I checked out of the hotel I wanted to ask the woman at the desk how to get a cab, but was too embarrassed to do so – so I reached back…way back to my Sex in the City addict days, rolled out the front doors to the edge of

NYU – Yale PTSD Brain Imaging Study

Diane
Getting My Head Examined: A Medical Research Study Experience I participated in a brain imaging medical research study with the purpose of imaging the Kappa Opioid Receptors (KOR) of the PTSD-affected brain. The study was conducted by the New York University School of Medicine in collaboration with Yale University School of Medicine; the NYU investigative team was headed up by Dr Alexander Neumeister, Principal Investigator. So here’s the story of how an anxiety-ridden girl went all the way from Phoenix, Arizona to New York City just to have her head examined. If you are interested in participating in clinical research studies pertaining to