Researchers in various studies looking for participants
April 28, 2016
Here is a list of research studies that currently are looking for participants.
Study on effects of heterogeneous information characteristics and sources on evacuation behavior
Men and women age 18 and older and affiliated with the West Lafayette campus are being sought for a study on the effects of heterogeneous information characteristics and sources on evacuation behavior.
The purpose is to understand the characteristics of information propagation from different dissemination sources including social networking services and the impact of heterogeneous information on the evacuation decision-making process.
Participants will complete a survey that takes about eight minutes to finish. It is anonymous.
To participate, contact Lingyu Zheng at email@example.com, or call 765-496-9768 and leave your contact information.
Transgender identity disclosure to medical providers
Transgender individuals who are at least 18 years of age and speak English fluently are being sought to participate in one-on-one telephone interviews about talking to their medical provider.
The purpose of this research is to better understand these disclosure interactions between transgender individuals and their providers, and interviews will last about one hour. All responses will be kept completely confidential.
Participants will be eligible to enter a drawing for one of three $25 Amazon gift cards (odds of winning 47:1). To register to participate, go to http://ow.ly/SO0x1 to first answer a few questions. Researchers will then contact individuals to set up an interview time.
For more information, contact Brooke Friley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walking for our health: A couple-focused approach to promote physical activity
Couples age 50 and older who need to increase their physical activity are being sought for a study.
The purpose of the study is to learn more about activities that help people be more active. This study requires the participation of both partners in a committed relationship.
Each partner will receive $30 for completion of this study and will keep the pedometer they used during the study.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Study on children's learning of words and grammar
The Child Language Lab is looking for 4- to 5-year-old children with language delay for a summer research program in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. The program will run 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday for four weeks June 14-July 7 at Lyles-Porter Hall.
Each day, the children will receive one hour of language therapy from clinical supervisors and students, as well as 30 minutes of activities such as snack and play. They will participate in research activities for a total of one hour. In our research, we investigate children's learning of words and grammar.
Including the initial testing sessions and the summer research sessions, there are approximately 14 sessions. Families will be paid $9 for each of these sessions; children receive a small toy at each visit. There is no compensation for a child's participation in the therapy and play activities (and no fee is charged).
The principal investigator is Laurence Leonard. For more information, contact Pat Deevy at 765-496-1821 or (800) 691-4700, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nutrition research study on muscle cell growth
Men age 20-29 are needed to participate in research to study what factors influence human muscle cell growth.
Participants will be compensated $100 for two visits (lasting under one hour) involving a blood draw and muscle biopsy. Participants should be nonsmoking, sedentary (less than 3 hours of structured physical activity per week) and in the body mass index (BMI) ranges of 20-25 or 30-35.
The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science.
For more information, contact Robert Bergia in the Department of Nutrition Science at email@example.com. Please reference study S48 when responding.
Study on nutritional status, dietary perceptions and levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D
Regan Bailey, associate professor of nutrition science, is looking for men and women ages 18-80 to volunteer for a research study that assesses the nutritional status, dietary perceptions and levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D.
Participants must not currently consume omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D supplements, must not be pregnant or breastfeeding, and must be healthy without any chronic health conditions.
Measurements will include height, weight and a blood draw to analyze omega-3 fatty acid index and vitamin D. Participants also will complete two dietary questionnaires (20 minutes).
Participants will be compensated $50 for completing the study.
For more information, contact Sowmy Thuppal in the Department of Nutrition Science at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-496-6745. Please reference study number RB001 when responding.
Study on how brain combines sight and sound
Children age 11-12 are needed for a study on how the brain combines sight and sound.
Natalya Kaganovich, assistant professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences and psychological sciences, is studying how the brain’s ability to combine auditory and visual information develops in childhood and how it may be impaired in speech/language disorders.
Children will participate in four research sessions, 1.5 to 2 hours each. Participants will first take a series of standardized tests that will evaluate working memory, nonverbal intelligence, and language skills.
Children will then participate in two brain-wave recordings during which their brain activity to audiovisual speech will be collected. Brain-wave recording sessions are structured as games. Brain waves will be collected with the help of a special cap with built-in electrodes (similar to EEG recordings). There is no discomfort involved, and the method has been safely used with infants, children and adults.
To participate, children must be 11-12 years old; typically developing native speakers of American English; free of speech, language, hearing/vision or neurological disorders and conditions such as autism/Asperger’s, head injuries, seizures, brain tumors, cerebral palsy, ADHD, stuttering and depression; and should not be currently on medications that may affect brain activity (e.g., medications to control ADHD, seizures or depression).
Children will be compensated $10 per hour and will receive a small toy (worth approximately $5) at the end of each session. Parents also will be paid $10 per session.
To participate, contact Jennifer Schumaker at email@example.com, or call 49-44445 and leave your contact information.
Wind noise test
Researchers are investigating the characteristics of wind noise as heard inside cars. Participants will listen to different sounds and describe them verbally and rate them on a scale, and/or rank, select or answer questions about them.
Participants should be age 18-65, have normal hearing without the use of a hearing aid, and be able to read a computer screen and manipulate a cursor using a mouse without difficulty. Participants' hearing will be checked before starting the test.
Each subject will receive $10 for completing a test session, which will last about one hour.
To participate, email Daniel Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment, listing times that you are available. For more information, contact Patricia Davies at 494-9274 or email@example.com.
Word learning study for children
Researchers are seeking 4- and 5-year-old children who are monolingual English speakers with typical development for a word learning study.
The study consists of three visits lasting approximately two hours each. Children will be asked to participate in word learning tasks, a hearing screening, and assessments of language and problem-solving skills. Participants will be paid $9/hour, and children will receive a small prize after each visit. Parents will receive information about their test performance.
For more information, contact Eileen Haebig, postdoctoral research fellow, at 765-496-2435 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 age 45-70, and women must be at least four years post menopause (natural or post-hysterectomy). 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. Compensation for total completion of the study is $1,260.
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."
Study on sound quality of HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) and refrigeration equipment sounds
Participants are needed for a study to evaluate how people respond to HVAC and refrigeration equipment.
Participants must be age 18-65 and have normal hearing without use of a hearing aid. Volunteers' hearing will be checked before starting the test.
Subjects will listen to different sounds and describe them verbally and rate them on a scale. Subjects will be compensated $10 for successfully completing a test session.
To participate or for more information, call 765-418-5356 or email email@example.com.
Study on food choice decision making in restaurants
Researchers are recruiting participants who have recently experienced a sit-down restaurant meal (within two weeks of interview). The purpose of this study is to gain an understanding of how consumers make restaurant menu decisions -- for example what types of meals are automatically discarded and why; how does the food ordering sequence (ordering all of your food at once or after each course is completed) influence consumers' menu selections; and how life events and personal experiences influence food choices.
All participants must be 18 or older. Participants will be asked to recall their recent (within two weeks of the interview) dining experience and to answer a series of questions pertaining to selecting food in a restaurant. The interview will not exceed 60 minutes.
Upon the completion of the interview, participants will receive a $10 HTM Foodservice Operation Gift Certificate usable in any of the Marriott Hall Foodservice Operations including Lavazza Expressions, HTM Bistro, and the John Purdue Room Restaurant. Interview must be scheduled and completed by April 30.
To participate or for more information, contact Min Jung Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org or 832-341-8611.
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.
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 Renee Mischler at email@example.com or 765-494-1860.
Study on age and humidity-related changes on the voice system
The Laryngeal Research Lab is looking for young and older adults for a study focusing on age and humidity-related changes on the voice system.
Participants must be age 18-30 or age 65 and older; be in general good health; have no hearing, voice or speech problems, be a native speaker of American English; and be a nonsmoker.
This study will involve two sessions. Subjects will be compensated $40 for their participation. To participate or for more information, call 765-496 1723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, right-handed, have no history of brain injury or psychiatric problems, and 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women needed for a research study on the effects of contraceptives on bone health and hormonal status
Women who exercise are needed for a research study investigating the effect of oral vs. non-oral contraceptives on the production of hormones essential for growth and the maintenance of bone health. Participants will receive measures of body composition, hormone levels and aerobic fitness, and will also be given the option to take hormonal contraceptives during the study.
Participants should be women age 18-31 who have regular menstrual cycles, i.e., at least nine menses in the past 12 months, and have not taken birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives in the last six months.
The study requires regular visits to Department of Nutrition Science over the course of four months. Participants can choose to take a contraceptive option or not during the study. Within the contraceptive use group, participants are randomly assigned to use of an oral contraceptive pill or the vaginal ring. The principal investigator is Connie Weaver, distinguished professor in the department.
If interested in participating, call Berdine Martin at 494-6559 or Mike Stone at 494-0385, or send an email to FNbone@purdue.edu. In your phone call or email, please mention the Contraception Study.
Nutrition research study
Men and women ages 30 to 69 are needed for a nutrition research study assessing the effects of consuming a Mediterranean diet that is restricted or rich in red meats on cardiometabolic health and well-being.
Measurements will include blood pressure, fasting blood lipids, glucose and insulin, and perceived physical and mental health, including sleep quality.
The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science.
Participants should be age 30 to 69, overweight, not currently consuming a weight-loss or specific diet, nonpregnant, nonsmoking, and nondiabetic. Participants will be compensated $500 for completing the study.
For more information, contact Lauren O'Connor in the Department of Nutrition Science at email@example.com. Please reference study S44 when responding.
Study involving kinship parents: Close family and friends who assume the parenting of a child
This research study is being conducted to evaluate an educational parenting program called "KEEPP”: Kinship Education and Enrichment Parenting Program." Over the course of the several classes, which total about 15 hours, kinship caregivers will learn about topics including dealing with feelings and behaviors, connections and healing, and child trauma and its effects. As part of the study, participants will be asked to complete several questionnaires about their feelings as a parent and their child under care.
Participants must reside in one of the following counties: Montgomery, Tipton, White, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Fulton, Parke or Pulaski.
The principal investigator is Karen Foli, associate professor in the School of Nursing. For more information or to enroll in the study, contact Foli at 765-494-4023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study seeking patients with Parkinson's disease, older adults
Purdue researchers are seeking adults who are 60 years or older with and without Parkinson's disease, to participate in a study that is designed to help people improve older adults' mobility.
A research team from Purdue's College of Health and Human Sciences is testing an intervention to help older adults improve balance while performing cognitively demanding tasks. The team developed COgnitive-based BALance Training (COBALT) to simultaneously train balance and cognition, by simulating the demands inherent in common tasks. The researchers are evaluating this training program, along with two other programs, to determine which will help older adults improve their walking and balance.
The study is 12 weeks long and participants will be financially compensated. For more information, contact Sandy Snyder, the study coordinator, at email@example.com.
Study on speech production learning
Children age 4 to 6 years with speech sound disorders, speaking either English and/or Spanish, are wanted to participate in a research project on phonology and speech production conducted by Françoise Brosseau-Lapré, assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
Children will be asked to attend two sessions, each lasting approximately one hour. Children will receive a toy and parents will be paid $10.00 for each session. Children will also receive a free speech, language, and hearing evaluation. For more information, contact the Child Phonology Laboratory (director: Françoise Brosseau-Lapré) at 765-496-0345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.