Healthy Volunteer Recruitment

MAPP recruiting a small number of healthy volunteers. Your data is compared to data from patients who suffer from chronic pelvic pain. By looking at the difference between the two we may be able to find what causes these conditions.


Who is eligible?

We are recruiting healthy volunteers who:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Do not have pelvic pain symptoms
  • Are willing and able to complete 2 in-person visits 6 months apart that include MRI scan sessions


What could exclude me from participating?

This study is not the best fit if you have:

  • Chronic pain in any area of the body
  • Any condition or implant that prevents you from having an MRI scan. These could include, but are not limited to:
    • Aneurysm clips
    • Artificial heart valves
    • Claustrophobia
    • Cochlear implants
    • Copper IUDs
    • Unremoved metal fragments in your eye
    • Implanted drug infusion devices (ex. Insulin pump)
    • Implanted cardiac defibrillator
    • Certain metallic implants and prostheses
    • Neurostimulators
    • Pacemakers
    • Pregnancy
    • Shrapnel or bullet wounds
    • Unremoved surgical clips or staples
    • Vascular stents
    • Wire mesh

If you are unsure about whether you can have an MRI scan, feel free to get in touch with us.


Study Tasks

We will ask you to complete at-home tasks and 2 in-person visits, 6 months apart. Both visits are at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Each visit is approximately 6-7 hours, with a planned lunch break.

Visit tasks include:

  • Questionnaires
  • Urine collections
  • A blood draw
  • A physical exam, which includes a pelvic exam
  • MRI scans of your brain
  • Sensory testing tasks

At-home tasks include:

  • 2 series of saliva swab collections
  • 1 online questionnaire



You will receive a total of $160. This amount is pro-rated such that you receive compensation for the tasks that you complete. 


You can read more about each study procedure by reading our study consent form. This document is what you would sign if you are eligible and decide to participate. You can also contact a research coordinator to talk about the study or if you have questions about the consent form. 

To get started take a quick eligibility survey. We use your answers to see whether this study is a good fit for you. Your answers are kept confidential. You can also contact a research coordinator to complete these questions by phone.