Researchers in various studies looking for participants

March 26, 2015  


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

 

 

Study to understand driver response to real-time travel information

Nextrans Center has launched a driving simulator experiment to understand driver response to real-time travel information. Men and women age 18 and older who have a driver's license are being recruited for the study.

The experiment includes an online survey and a scheduled visit to the center for participation. Participants will be paid up to $60 and have a chance to win an Apple iPad mini. The amount of compensation depends on driving behavior. 

Those interested in participating should visit www.purdue.edu/drivingsimulator to take the online survey and sign up for a center visit. The center's website is at www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/nextrans.

For more information, contact Sean He at seanhe@purdue.edu or 49-69768, or Dongyoon Song at song50@purdue.edu or 430-2209. 

 

Tomato soup and chili pepper study

Participants are needed for a study on how sensory stimulation affects mental visualization.

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

Men and women who are age 18 and older, are Asian or Caucasian, are willing to consume tomato soup and have any spiciness preference are eligible to participate. Those interested in participating in this study should contact Eimear Duignan at eduignan@purdue.edu. Participants may earn up to $10 upon completion of the study.

 

Study on dilemmas experienced by couples who have miscarried

Couples who have experienced a miscarriage and who are 18 years or older are needed for a study on social support in the context of miscarriage.

It is reported that one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage, or the unexpected pregnancy loss before 20 weeks' gestation. Although this is a common occurrence, the ramifications of the loss are often understated. Couples may face societal misconceptions, difficulty communicating, and a lack of support from social networks. This study hopes to understand the dilemmas that couples face in this context.

Participants will complete a 60- to 90-minute in-person interview and will be compensated for their time with a $10 gift card. Women and their spouses/partners will be interviewed separately. Participation is voluntary and confidential.

For more information or to sign up to participate, contact Rebekah Pastor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at rpastor@purdue.edu or 317-750-4038.

 

PATH: Promoting Autonomy in Teen Health

Researchers are recruiting high school students to complete a one-time visit to fill out questionnaires and complete an interview about how they talk with their physician. Interviews can take place wherever participants choose. The purpose of the study is to help to improve communication between health care providers and young people about puberty and sexuality.

To enroll, a parent or guardian must give permission for the teen to participate by reading and signing a consent form. The teen will sign an assent form. Participating students will be paid $25.

For more information contact Lindsay Fuzzell at Path.Study@purdue.edu or call 49-44589.

The principal investigators are Cleve Shields (cgshields@purdue.edu), associate professor of child development; Stewart Chang Alexander, associate professor of consumer science; and Dr. Dennis Fortenberry, professor of pediatrics and medicine, IU School of Medicine.  

 

Hard-of-hearing people sought for study

Individuals age 18 and older who either wear a hearing aid or have been told they need one are needed for a study investigating novel approaches to improve speech understanding using hearing aids. The study is being conducted by the Experimental Amplification Research (EAR) Laboratory at Purdue (www.TinyURL.com/PurdueEAR).

Participants will be paid $12 an hour for several one- or two-hour sessions.

The principal investigator is Joshua Alexander, assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

Contact the EAR lab at 49-45956 or PurdueEarLab@gmail.com.

 

Study on effects of a single bout of exercise on cardiovascular risk factors

Tara Henagan and Humaira Gowher, assistant professors in the departments of Nutrition Science and Biochemistry, respectively, are conducting a research study that will look at how a single bout of cycling exercise will influence changes in skeletal muscle and health during overweight and obesity.

For this study, participants will come to the Purdue Clinical Research Center for testing. Depending on the scheduling needs of participants, the study will consist of one to three days of testing. Testing will include measures of body composition (including percent body fat and lean mass muscle mass), clinical health parameters (i.e., blood pressure, heart rate, total, HDL and LDL cholesterol, glucose and insulin levels, lipid and epigenetic markers in muscle), filling out questionnaires related to health and physical activity, VO2max or cardiovascular fitness testing and one bout of cycling exercise lasting approximately one to two hours.

Participants will receive $200 for completing the study.

Men age 18 to 30 who are in general good health, are nonsmokers and have had a physical examination by a state-licensed M.D. or D.O. in the past two years or are willing to have a physical examination performed by a state-licensed M.D. or D.O. are eligible to participate. For more information, contact Prasad Devarshi at pdevarsh@purdue.edu or 765-586-3952.

 

Study to compare online dietary recall with two different biological markers

Students over age 18 who speak English fluently are invited to participate in a study comparing a commonly used dietary recall method with two non-invasive biological markers.

Participants will complete two different surveys and two scans of the heel of their hand or fingertip. All scans and a paper and pencil survey will be completed in person with a researcher. The online dietary recall will be started with a researcher and completed online over the span of one week.

All data collection meetings with the research team will be approximately one hour. All information will be de-identified and used for research purposes only. Participants will be compensated with a $20 gift card for completion of all study components.

The purpose of this research is to better understand what methods are best to assess nutrient intake among college students. To register to participate or for more information, email Hannah Boeh at hboeh@purdue.edu.  

  

Study on calcium absorption

Connie Weaver, distinguished professor in the Department of Nutrition Science, and her research team are recruiting postmenopausal women over age 50 to participate in a research study to begin in February.

This study will assess calcium (Ca) absorption from a novel form of Ca encapsulated with a protein compound compared with common forms of calcium used in supplements.

The study will take a minimum of eight to nine weeks to complete. After initial screening, participants will have four separate two-day phases of testing separated by at least two weeks. For the first day, subjects will be provided food to consume and will be asked to collect urine. On the morning of the second day, participants will come to the Purdue Clinical Research Center. During each visit, participants will have an initial fasting blood draw and consume a breakfast containing a special form of Ca. One hour later, they will receive another special form of Ca administered via IV catheter, and blood will be drawn again three hours later.

Lab visits will last approximately five hours, and food will be provided for the rest of the day. Other measurements will include 24-hour urine collections, dietary intake records throughout the study, and a bone scan during one of the clinical visits.

Participants will receive $220 for completing the study. Those interested in participating should email fnbone@purdue.edu or call Berdine Martin at 49-46559 for more information.

 

Study to compare online dietary recall with two different biological markers

Students over age 18 who speak English fluently are invited to participate in a study comparing a commonly used dietary recall method with two noninvasive biological markers. 

Participants will complete two different surveys and two scans of the heel of their hand or fingertip. All scans and a paper and pencil survey will be completed in person with the researcher. The online dietary recall will be started with the researcher and completed online over the span of one week. 

All data collection meetings with the research team will be approximately one hour. All information will be de-identified and used for research purposes only. Participants will be compensated with a $20 gift card for completion of all study components. 

The purpose of this research is to better understand what methods are best to assess nutrient intake among college students. To register to participate or for more information, email Hannah Boeh at hboeh@purdue.edu.   

 

Talking about cancer with a significant other

Research demonstrates that partner communication about cancer can be very challenging for both the patient and the partner.

Women who have been diagnosed with cancer (e.g., breast, ovarian cancer) are needed for anonymous interviews about their cancer-related communication patterns with their significant other. Participants must be age 18 or older, speak English fluently, and have been with their significant other during the cancer treatment.

All interviews will be approximately one hour. Interviews are anonymous and conducted via telephone. Participants will be compensated with a $15 gift card.

The purpose of this research is to better understand how couples talk about cancer-related information. To register to participate or for more information, email Professor Maria Venetis at mvenetis@purdue.edu

 

Musicians needed for hearing study

Students over age 18 who play an instrument and are enrolled in a band program are invited to participate in a study focused on the effects of music exposure on hearing.

Participants will complete a brief history questionnaire and will receive a hearing assessment, educational material regarding hearing protection and a pair of foam earplugs. Compensation for the 30-minute session is $5.

The study is in the Purdue University Audiology Clinic in Lyles-Porter Hall.

Investigators are Lata A. Krishnan, clinical professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences, and Breanne Lawler, Doctor of Audiology (AuD) student.

For more information or to participate, e-mail Breanne Lawler at bmlawler@purdue.edu.

 

Early autism identification infant-sibling study

The Purdue University Developmental Studies Laboratory is conducting a study of developmental trajectories in infants at risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Laboratory visits include several play-based tasks at 12, 15, 18, 24 and 30 months of age. After each visit, families receive $50 compensation and a report detailing their child's developmental progress, including information on his/her language, motor and social skills.

To be eligible, infant siblings must be between 12 and 19 months of age and have an older sibling who currently has an ASD diagnosis or an older sibling who is typically developing. This research aims to assist early identification and treatment for children with ASD.

All inquiries should be directed to the Developmental Studies Laboratory at 49-46610 or ajlab@purdue.edu. More information is at purdue.edu/hhs/hdfs/dslab.

 

Study to evaluate how sounds are processed in the human brain

English- and Chinese-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.

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 Breanne Lawler at bmlawler@purdue.edu.

 

Study examining the associations between personality, romantic relationship satisfaction and couple interactions

Cohabiting and/or married couples who have been in a relationship for at least one year are needed for a study examining the associations between personality, romantic relationship satisfaction and couple interactions.

Participants, who must be between the ages of 18 and 35, will answer questionnaires online and in the lab as well as participate in tasks with their romantic partner. Each participant will be compensated $15 ($30 per couple) at the completion of the study.

Those interested in participating should contact romanticrelationshipsresearch@gmail.com.

 

Study on the impact of drinking common beverages with breakfast on blood glucose and insulin levels

Participants with or without Type 2 diabetes are being sought to participate in a study that will look at how drinking different common beverages (milk, low-fat milk, nonfat milk, orange juice, coffee and water) with a meal changes blood sugar and insulin levels after eating.

Participants will come to Purdue Clinical Research Center on six mornings separated by at least one week. On each of the mornings, participants will consume a breakfast with one cup of a beverage. Blood samples will be taken before and every 30 minutes after eating for four hours to test blood sugar and insulin levels from an IV line. Each test day will last about five hours.

Measurements include calories and nutrients in the participant's diet, weight/height/lean tissue, and blood glucose and insulin levels. Participants will receive $500 for completing the study.

Men and women ages 35 to 65 who are overweight, nonsmoking, not pregnant and interested in participating in this study should contact Jia Li at milks37@purdue.edu or 49-41706 for more information.

The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science.

 

Study on smartphones usage and family vacation experiences

Researchers are recruiting participants for a study exploring how smartphone usage affects family vacation experiences, such as how smartphone usage changes the way family members interact with each other, how smartphone usage influences the way family members interact with the vacation destination, and how smartphone usage influences the post-trip recollection of the family vacation. 

All participants must be age 18 or older, have experience using a smartphone and had a family vacation experience in the past two years. Participants will be asked to recall their recent vacation with family members and to describe their smartphone usage during the family vacation. The interviews will last about 40 minutes to an hour at a time and a place that is convenient to the participant.

Participants will receive a choice of either a $10 Apple Store gift card or a $10 Starbuck gift card upon the completion of the interview.

To participate or for more information, contact Xi Yu at yu404@purdue.edu or 305-343-5499.

 

Study on bariatric gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy and iron status

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

To participate, contact Renee Mischler at rmischle@purdue.edu or 49-41860.

 

Study on effects of daily timing of protein intake

This study will look at how within-day patterning of protein intake (even vs. skewed) combined with resistance training will influence changes in body composition, skeletal muscle and health during weight loss.

For this 18-week study, participants will come to the Purdue Clinical Research Center for eight testing days, which are before (baseline) and at the end of a 16-week weight loss intervention consisting of a controlled diet and resistance training program. Dietary counseling, gym memberships and personal trainers will be provided. Testing days will include measures of body composition (including muscle size), muscle strength and fitness, and clinical health parameters (i.e., blood pressure).

Participants will receive $1,000 for completing the study.

Men and women age 19 to 50 who are overweight, in general good health, nonsmokers, nonpregnant, and interested in participating in this study should contact Jan Green at jkgreen@purdue.edu or 49-47660 for more information.

The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science.

 

Study on workspaces

Researchers in the Brian Lamb School of Communication are looking for working adults to participate in a study on workspace.

Participation in the study includes one interview that will last about one to 1.5 hours at a time and place that is convenient to the participant. Before the interview, participants will take pictures of their workspace that they will share with the researchers. Participants must be at least 18 years old and work at least part time.

For more information or to participate, contact Elizabeth Wilhoit at ewilhoit@purdue.edu or 630-452-2446.

The principal investigator for this project is Patrice Buzzanell (buzzanel@purdue.edu).

 

Study on 4- and 5-year-olds who stutter

Children who stutter (repeat sounds and syllables) and who are 4 or 5 years old are needed for a study examining persistence and recovery from stuttering. Children must speak English and have normal hearing and cognitive skills.

Families will receive a free assessment of their child's speech, language and hearing abilities, plus a written report. Participants will attend five 90-minute testing sessions, and the child will receive a toy after each session. 

Families of eligible children will receive $100 in compensation at the conclusion of the testing sessions ($200 if they live more than 60 miles from Purdue).

Principal investigators are Anne Smith and Christine Weber-Fox, professors in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. For more information, contact Barbara Brown at brownb@purdue.edu or 49-66403.

 

Almonds and weight management study 

Participants are needed by the Department of Nutrition Science to study the role of almonds in weight management.

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

Men and women ages 18-60, overweight but generally in good health, who have no nut allergies and who are interested in participating in this study should contact Jaapna at almeal@purdue.edu. Participants may earn up to $200 upon completion of the study. 

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