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What is this project about?

This research study seeks to understand how meditation affects brain function and the experience of pain among individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

This study is approved by the Johns Hopkins Institutional Review Board (IRB00192687). The principal investigators for this project are Patrick H. FInan, PhD, and David Seminowicz, PhD. 


Am I eligible to participate?

We are looking for volunteers who are diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and have an interest in meditation. Take our screener here to find out if you might be eligible for this study!

What will I be asked to do for this study?

Your participation in this study will involve: (1) completing interviews and questionnaires virtually, (2) undergoing sensory testing, (3) virtual study sessions at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Campus, and (4) completing a neuroimaging session at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The expected time from the start to the end of your participation in this study is 4-6 weeks.

Will I be compensated for my time in this study?

Yes. You will earn up to $200 for completing all study-related activities. We will also reimburse you for parking at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. 

How can I find out more information?

Please contact Katie Smith for more information at 410-550-8099 or

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