Research Study: Alternative Treatment for Major Depression Using Whole-body Hyperthermia

The University of Arizona is looking for individuals interested in participating in a study designed to test a novel, non-medication-based, treatment for Major Depression. This treatment will involve receiving a single session of one of two intensities of whole body hyperthermia, or WBH for short. WBH is a procedure that takes approximately two hours and involves laying in a special device that delivers safe infrared heating to the body. This study will examine WBH’s effects on your depressive symptoms, your stress and immune systems and your sleep. The study will also look at whether improving your depression will change how you relate to other people in your environment.

This study is in Tucson, AZ, and the majority of study visits will need to happen at the UMC in Tucson. If you live outside of Tucson, AZ and are still interested in participating, please contact our study staff to inquire about the time commitment. 

Compensation will be provided for study participation.

You may be eligible if you meet the following entry requirements:

  • Currently between the ages of 18-65 
  • Currently experiencing depression for at least four weeks
  • Not currently taking any antidepressants
  • Medically healthy
  • Able to swallow capsules

You cannot participate if you: 

  • Are currently taking antidepressants
  • Have diabetes
  • Have silicone or breast implants
  • Have bipolar 1 disorder
  • Have a personality disorder
  • Have schizophrenia
  • Currently have a substance abuse or drinking problem
  • Have had cancer in the past five years
  • Have any gastrointestinal problems such as esophageal stricture, diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or active peptic ulcers
  • Are claustrophobic

If you meet these criteria, you may be eligible to participate in this study.  Please fill out the form below, or contact our staff at: 520-314-7492 or send us an email.

For more detailed information about this study, including the informed consent form and a sample study calendar, click here!