Self-Harm & NAC Biology

About the Study

Self-harm among adolescents and young adults is a current problem and few treatments are currently available. Our previous research suggested that N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a nutritional supplement with antioxidant effects, may be helpful for self-harm. The purpose of this study is to find out how NAC works by measuring its antioxidant effects in the brain.

Who can participate?

  • Females
  • 16-24 years of age
  • Recent/current self-harm

What will this study involve?

  • 4 in-person visits
  • Clinical assessment
  • MRI brain scans
  • Blood samples
  • Take 3 tablets twice a day of NAC or placebo for 4 weeks
  • Online surveys once a week


Compensated for your time ($320 for all visits).


Contact Us

Want to hear more about the study? 

Contact the study coordinator, Nathan, at 612-626-7635.

Images of Brain Scan

Picture of young woman
Picture of glass of water and 2 pills
MRI Scanner