Participate in a Paid Northwestern University Clinical Research Study

student participating in a paid study

Dr. Ben Katz of the Department of Pediatrics of Northwestern University, in collaboration with the Northwestern University Health Service, invite you to be a paid participant in a research study called “A prospective study of CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) following infectious mononucleosis in college students” (IRB Study # STU49320).

Who can Participate?

Infectious mononucleosis (mono, for short) is fairly common among university students. About 10% of people who develop mono will have lingering symptoms such as tiredness and will develop an illness called “chronic fatigue syndrome” (CFS for short).

You are being asked to participate in this study if:

  • you are a freshman or sophomore student at Northwestern University
  • you are 18 years of age or older
  • you will answer several brief questionnaires
  • you will donate a blood sample

If you develop mono, we hope you will choose to continue in Stage 2 of the study. For the first stage of the study, you will be paid $60.

About the Study

The purpose of this study is to predict which young adults will develop CFS following mono as early as possible. One questionnaire has some background questions (such as age, race, height and weight). Another has about 30 questions about symptoms such as dizziness. A third deals with coping strategies; others deal with stress, fatigue, depression and anxiety. Each questionnaire takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. The questionnaires can be filled out on a secure website. You do not have to answer all of the questionnaires in 1 sitting. There are no right or wrong answers to any of the questions.

You may volunteer for this study at any time by sending an email to:

At any time, you may withdraw from the study. If you withdraw, no more information will be collected, and you will be asked if the information collected up to that point can be used.