February 23, 2017

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

Here is a list of research studies that currently are looking for participants.

 

Crowd-shipping survey

Purdue researchers are seeking adults age 18 and older to participate in a research study related to crowd-shipping.  

Crowd-shipping is the delivery of freight based on the selection of a courier closest to the delivery route. The courier is selected using a crowd-shipping app. Researchers are interested in understanding current and future shipping behavior, as well as the willingness to work as a crowd-shipper. By completing this survey, participants will help the research team understand behavior of stakeholders in the logistics market with the available of crowd-sourced app. The information will be used to develop a new system and a business strategy to match with senders’ and couriers’ expectations.

The survey at https://purdue.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6GzGHJBlMAO0qFf will take about 15 minutes. Participation is voluntary, and all responses will remain confidential and only use for research purposes. Responses should represent the participant's opinions on the given contexts of the questionnaires.

Participants will have chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card to compensate for their time if they leave an email address at the end of the survey. The winners will be randomly selected among all participants at the approximate rate of one in 20 or better.

Data is being collected under the supervision of Satish Ukkusuri, professor of civil engineering. Individuals who have any questions or concerns should contact Tho Le at le39@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1701018620. 

Study on hormones and risk of heart rhythm abnormality

Men age 65 and older are being sought for a study through the College of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmacy Practice to determine if hormones called progesterone and testosterone can reduce the risk of a heart rhythm abnormality. 

The research study involves four nine-hour visits and is being conducted at IU Health Indiana Clinical Research Center (ICRC). Participants will be compensated $500 at the completion of the study.

Contact Heather Jaynes at 317-847-2094 or hwroblew@iu.edu to learn more about the study. IRB#: 1507526854R001.

Attitudes and decision-making in relationships

Men and women who are currently involved in a nonmarital romantic relationship are being sought for a study on close relationships. Purdue researchers are assessing how people's relationships unfold and progress over time.

The study involves five phases that take place over the course of about six months, and includes four surveys that are completed online and one in-person lab session that the participant and partner attend on the Purdue campus.

The online surveys will take no more than 30 minutes each to complete, and the lab session no more than 60 minutes. (Please note that it’s OK if the relationship should end during the course of the study. Individuals can still participate in most phases without the current partner).

Individuals who are currently involved in a nonmarital romantic relationship and are interested in participating can begin phase 1 by going to https://purdue.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3W77BgRU28UT7h3 to complete the initial online survey. Participants will receive a $5 Amazon gift card, sent to their email address, for completing the first survey.

Participants may earn up to $60 per person ($120 per couple).

This study is being conducted by Christopher R. Agnew, professor and head of the Department of Psychological Sciences (765-494-6061; agnew@purdue.edu). IRB#: 1608017983. 

Study evaluating role of exercise in development of tendon pain

Purdue researchers in the Department of Health and Kinesiology are seeking men and women ages 21-60 to participate in a study evaluating the role of exercise in the development of tendon pain.

Researchers are seeking participants with no history of tendon pain as well as participants with diagnosed Achilles tendinosis/tendinitis with current pain in one Achilles tendon.

Participants should be in good physical health, nonsmokers and nondiabetic.

For more information, contact Shivam Patel at patel713@purdue.edu. IRB#:1610018353.

Recline exercise study

Researchers are recruiting adults ages 60-85 with and without swallowing difficulties to participate in a six-week exercise study. Participants will perform the exercises in the comfort of their own homes, needing to visit the laboratory only two to three times for evaluations. Participants must be nonsmokers with no history of head or neck surgery.

Those eligible to participate in the study will be given a free cognitive screening, X-ray evaluation of their swallowing, and will be compensated a total of $60.

The study will take place in Lyles-Porter Hall. Free parking will be offered to all participants in the parking garage adjoining the building. Efforts will be made to schedule sessions at your convenience.

If interested, contact the Purdue I-EaT Lab at 765-496-0207 or swallowinglab@purdue.edu with Recline Exercise in the subject line. IRB#: 1605017778.

Listening to accented speech and speech in noise

Individuals ages 36-55 are needed to participate in a study on listening to accented speech and speech in noise. Participants must be native speakers of North American English and nonsmokers, with no history of hearing impairment, diabetes, heart attack or stroke, and no speech, language, reading, cognitive or neurological disorders.  

Participants will be paid $12 per hour for two sessions, each approximately two and a half hours long (maximum of five hours in all). This study is being conducted in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue.

For more information, contact Alex Francis at francisa@purdue.edu or call the SPACE Lab at 765-494-6710. IRB#: 1603017448.

Study to validate portable XRF machine

Purdue researchers are seeking adults age 55 and older to participate in a research study to validate the use of a portable X-ray fluorescence (p-XRF) machine to measure metals (lead, mercury and manganese) in the body. Exposure to heavy metals has been linked to many adverse health outcomes, ranging from common diseases (such as cardiovascular disease or cancer) to more subtle health conditions (such as elevated blood pressure). The researchers are testing new simpler means of measuring metals in the body. 

Participants will have their shin scanned by two different machines (this is completely painless -- a little like an X-ray).  Participants will also have a toenail scanned, after which the toenail will be clipped for analysis in the research lab. The study will require one visit and will take no longer than one and a half hours. Participants will be paid $50. The study will take place at School of Health Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences. Free parking is offered to participants.

If you have any questions or would like to participate in the study, contact Xinxin Zhang at 510-207-0562 or zhan2378@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1510016680.

Study on bariatric gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy surgery and risk of iron deficiency

Nana Gletsu-Miller, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Science, and her research team are recruiting women who have had bariatric gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy surgery in order to determine the risk of having iron deficiency. 

Participants will have a study visit at the Purdue Clinical Research Laboratories, where a blood draw will be taken for measurement of iron status. 

Women ages 18 to 50 who have had gastric bypass surgery or sleeve gastrectomy are eligible. Compensation is $30.

To participate, contact Meghan Cusack at mcusack@purdue.edu or 765-494-1860. IRB#: 1410015305. 

Study: Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Participants age 15-21 who are healthy and not on a weight-loss, vegetarian, high-protein or other special diet
are needed for a study on whether breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Participants will either eat breakfast or skip breakfast for four months. Those in one of the breakfast groups will be provided with free breakfast meals every day. At the beginning and end of the study, researchers will take measurements including body composition, glycemic control, energy expenditure, sleep patterns and appetite. 

Participants will be paid for completing all procedures. For more information, email leidylab@purdue.edu. IRB#: 611018501.

Women needed for a research study on the effects of contraceptives on bone health

Women are needed for a research study investigating the effect of oral vs. non-oral contraceptives on bone health. Participants will receive measures of body composition and bone density, hormone levels and physical fitness, and will take hormonal contraceptives during the study.

Participants must be women age 18-25 who have regular menstrual cycles, i.e., at least nine menses in the past 12 months; have not taken birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives in the last six months; and are not planning to become pregnant in the next 12 months.

The study requires regular visits to the Department of Nutrition Science over the course of approximately one year.  Participants will be asked to use two different forms of contraceptives, an oral contraceptive pill and a vaginal ring.

If interested in participating, call the Weaver lab at 765-494-6559 or email FNbone@purdue.edu.  In your phone call or email mention the "Calcium Contraception and Bone Study." IRB#: 15070162227. 

Study on effect of potatoes on potassium retention, acid base balance and blood pressure reduction

Researchers in the Department of Nutrition Science are seeking male and female volunteers to take part in a study to investigate the effect of potatoes on potassium retention, acid base balance, and blood pressure reduction.

To be eligible, participants must be between the ages of 40 and 75 years. Participants must be characterized as mildly hypertensive and not currently taking medication for hypertension. 

Eligibility will be determined through a screening process. The study requires regular visits to the Department of Nutrition Science and will involve four 16-day periods, which will include urine and fecal collection, blood testing, and blood pressure measurement. Participants will be asked to adhere to a controlled diet for which all meals and snacks will be provided.

The principal investigator is Connie Weaver, distinguished professor in the department. Participation in the study is voluntary, and compensation for total completion of the study is $1,260. 

If interested in participating, contact Berdine Martin at bmartin1@purdue.edu or FNbone@purdue.edu or call 765-494-6559. IRB#: 1511016780.

Women needed for a study on contraceptive use

Sexually active women ages 18-24 are needed for a research study investigating the determinants of contraceptive use. Participants will receive $20 for their participation.

Participants should be students from the United States who have had sex with a man in the last six months, who are capable of becoming pregnant, and who have taken a contraceptive risk. Contraceptive risk is defined as taking a risk that meant you could become pregnant. For example, one or more of the following:

* Forgetting to take birth control pill for multiple days in a row.

* Using Plan B (the morning after pill) after totally unprotected sex, or after the use of withdrawal.

* Using withdrawal as the only form of contraception.

Those interested in participating should email Christie at contraceptiveproject@gmail.com. The email should mention the contraceptive study. IRB#: 1602017191. 

Brain and swallowing study

Researchers are recruiting healthy adults, 60-85 years of age, without swallowing difficulties to participate in a research study on the neural control of swallowing. Interested participants will need to come to the laboratory for two visits (one now and one later in the spring/summer semester), for a swallowing evaluation and an MRI, respectively.

Those eligible to participate in the study will be given a free cognitive screening, X-ray evaluation of their swallowing, and a free MRI scan of the brain. Subjects will be compensated a total of $30 for both visits ($10 for the first visit and $20 for the second visit). 

The study will take place in Lyles-Porter Hall and the Purdue Life Sciences MRI Facility, both on Harrison Street. Free parking will be offered to all participants in the parking garage adjoining Lyles-Porter Hall.

If interested, contact the Purdue I-EaT Lab at 765-496-0207 or swallowinglab@purdue.edu, with "Brain and Swallowing Study" in the subject line. IRB#: 1507016226. 

Study on effects of background television on young children’s social, behavioral and academic skills and the role siblings play

Children age 3-5 with a sibling no more than 3 years of age older are needed for a Department of Human Development and Family Studies study looking at the effects of background television on young children’s social, behavioral and academic skills and the role siblings play.

As part of the study, researchers will visit with parents and children at their house for about one hour. Participants also will come to Purdue’s campus for a 90-minute visit. During this visit, researchers will record the children playing with and without a television on in the background and ask the children questions.

Parents will be asked to answer questions describing themselves and the family, children’s access to and use of different media, children’s characteristics, and the sibling relationship.

Children will receive a small gift for their time participating, and parents will receive a $25 stipend.

For more information or to participate, contact Emily Rolan at rolan@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1606017786. 

Word learning study for children with speech-language delays

Researchers are seeking children age 4 1/2-5 years old with speech-language learning difficulties to participate in a study of word learning.

Families receive $10 per session and a speech, language and hearing evaluation for their child.

Eight one-hour sessions can be scheduled at Purdue in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. If a family prefers, four of these sessions can be scheduled at their home or another location (school, day care, community center).

For more information, contact Pat Deevy at 765-496-1821 or deevy@purdue.edu, or visit https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/slhs/research/labs/child_language/index.html. IRB#: 1603017480. 

Camp DASH study

Participants are needed for the Camp DASH study looking at the effects of diet and salt intake on blood pressure in boys and girls ages 11-15.

The study will be conducted like a summer camp during the summer of 2017 over two 25-day periods. All participants will live on campus and will be assigned to one of four diets based on the usual diet or the DASH diet. Blood pressure will be monitored closely during the camp. Traditional recreational and educational camp activities are also planned for the participants. All room and board will be free, and participants will be paid.

For more information, visit www.purdue.edu/hhs/nutr/campdash/, email CampDASH@purdue.edu or call 844-312-1237 or 765-494-0807. IRB#:151106781.

Study on beverage consumption and fine motor control

Participants are being sought for a study evaluating the effect of beverage consumption on fine motor control.

Participants will consume beverages for 12 weeks, taking measurements every other week to assess change over time. Participants must be willing to consume up to 1.8 liters of non-carbonated beverages daily to participate in this study. Participants will be compensated $300.

Participants must be age 18-60, overweight but otherwise healthy and non-users of diet beverages for more than six months.

The principal investigator for the study is Richard Mattes, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science.

For more information, contact Kelly at beveragestudy@purdue.edu or visit https://purdue.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_brRtvVSGSlL52br

Mother/father/toddler study

Researchers in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University are seeking two-parent families with children between the ages of 24 and 36 months to participate in a study on family relationships.

Participation in the study includes two visits in your home, two visits at a park or playground of your choice, and one laboratory visit on Purdue's campus. In addition, each parent will answer some questionnaires about your family. Parents must be 18 years or older to be eligible to participate.

A payment of $20 per visit will be given to participating parents as appreciation for their time. For more information, contact Laura Anaya at familyinteractionslab@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1505016087.

Study to evaluate how sounds are processed in the human brain

Chinese- and English-speaking adults with normal hearing are needed for an experimental study to evaluate how sounds are processed in the human brain.

Subjects will participate in a minimum of two two-hour research sessions. Subjects will be asked to fill out forms before the actual experiment. The experimental procedure consists of recording electrical activity from the brain (using EEG-type electrodes attached to the head) in response to various sounds presented through headphones at comfortable listening levels. The subject's task is to lie back and relax on a recliner situated in a sound-treated booth.

There will be about 40 subjects in the study. All research will be performed in the Auditory Electrophysiology Laboratory, Lyles-Porter Hall, Room 3043.

Participation in the study is voluntary. Participants who withdraw from the study before completion will receive compensation pro-rated based on amount of time completed. Payment will be given to subjects in the form of cash at the end of each session. Subjects are compensated at $25/session.

All subjects must be 20-35 years old, be right-handed, have no history of brain injury or psychiatric problems, and have normal hearing sensitivity by self-report. Chinese subjects must be native speakers of Mandarin from mainland China, have received formal instruction in English no earlier than age 9, and have no more than three years of music training on any combination of instruments.

English-speaking subjects must be native English speakers from the United States, must have no familiarity with spoken Chinese or any other tone language and have no more than three years of music training on any combination of instruments.

To participate, contact Whitney Lyle at wlyle@purdue.edu. IRB#: 0506002731.


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