This stamp was issued in 1983 by the United States to urge all Americans to “lend a hand.”  (Designed by Paul Calle)

Research Subjects

Why participate in research?
Participating in our research is an active way to help advance the current knowledge of hand function and carpal tunnel syndrome. Additionally, your participation may lead to new treatments or diagnostic methods for common hand problems.

What are the benefits of participating?
In addition to impacting the scientific and medical understanding of hand function and carpal tunnel syndrome, our research participants are financially compensated for their time and travel. We also provide convenient, free parking adjacent to our laboratory. 

What to expect during participation?
All of our research procedures are safe, non-invasive, and fun. Check out the photographs and descriptions below for examples of what you can expect. 

Where is the research participation?
Your participation occurs at  Cleveland Clinic's main campus in the Hand Research Laboratory of the Lerner Research Institute.  

Do I get paid for my participation?
Yes. Participants are paid at a rate of $15/hour. 

Do I get free parking?
Yes, parking is free at a convenient location adjacent to the laboratory. 

For more information, please contact:
Tamara Marquardt
Research Coordinator

Pinch to match force
While looking at a computer screen, pinch a 
custom device and watch the colored bar move 
as you pinch. 

Record hand motion with reflective markers 
Reflective markers are attached to your hand 
using double-sided tape.

These markers allow us to record the motion of 
your hand with video cameras.

Record hand muscle activity
Adhesive-backed sensors will be placed on 
your hand. 

These sensors connect to our computers to 
record your muscle activation.

Hand ultrasound imaging
We use ultrasound to look at the muscles, tendons, ligaments,
and bones in the hand.