Participants, Welcome!

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:

Diana Suciu, MS


Ultrasound Imaging

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


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


Adhesive-backed sensors will be placed on your hand.

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

Motion Analysis

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.