Aversive learning in first-degree relatives of schizophrenia patients

Dr. Lauri Tuominen and his team are looking for participants to help us understand how genetic risk for schizophrenia can contribute to learning emotionally relevant information. Read the participation requirements below to see if you are eligible to participate. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to our research assistant: Bianca Chidiac.

Thank you for your interest in supporting mental health research!

Age range

18-55 years old


Male and female

Individuals are eligible if they:

  • Have no current mental health conditions, no current or lifetime psychosis

  • Have no other history of significant health problems

  • Have a parent, sibling or child with schizophrenia, schizoaffective and related disorders

  • Willing to abstain from recreational drug use for 30 days before the assigned study date


The Royal's Institute of Mental Health Research, affiliated with the University of Ottawa
1145 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON

Recruitment Via

  • Self-Referral (by participant) - please contact us.

Principal Investigators

Dr. Lauri Tuominen

What will you be asked to do?

As a participant in this study, you will be asked to commit a total of 3 hours (study option 1) or 6 hours (study option 2) of your time. You will receive a clinical assessment, provide urine and blood samples, participate in a memory task, and receive 1 or 2 brain scans.

Interested in participating?

Thank you for your interest in contributing to mental health research. Please reach out using the contact information below to get started.


Bianca Chidiac
+1 (613) 722-6521 ext. 6446