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 Participants

We are currently enrolling individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome in our research studies. If you are interested and would like to know more details, please contact our Clinical Research Coordinator, Farah Alsafar.

Farah AlsafarClinical Research CoordinatorDepartment of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of Arizona, College of Medicine - Tucson(520) 626

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why should I participate in research?A: Participating in our research is an active way to help advance the current knowledge of hand/wrist and its pathological conditions, and may lead to new treatments or diagnostic methods for many hand problems.
Q: What are the benefits of participating?A: Your participation will help us advance scientific knowledge and medical management of hand disorders. In addition, participants are financially compensated for their time and travel. We also provide convenient, free parking adjacent to our laboratory.
Q: What to expect during participation?A: All of our research procedures are safe, non-invasive, and fun. Please see some photographs below related to our research studies.
Q: Where is the research participation?A: Your participation occurs at the University of Arizona College of Medicine main campus (Tucson) in the Hand Research Laboratory.
Q: Do I get paid for my participation?A: Yes. Participation will be compensated at an approved rate.
Q: Do I get free parking?A: Yes, parking is free for participants at a convenient location adjacent to the laboratory.

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.