January 19, 2017

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

 

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.

Study on accented speech perception and background noise (ages 18-55)

Individuals ages 18-55 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 Jennifer Schumaker at jschumak@purdue.edu or call the SPACE Lab at 765-494-6710. IRB#: 1603017448. 

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. 

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. 

Blueberries and bone study

Volunteers are needed to take part in an 18-month study to measure the effect of blueberries on bone health. Participants will consume food products that contain varying amounts of dried blueberry powder over four 50-day periods. The study requires a visit to the Department of Nutrition Science at the end of each period.

Participants must be female, age 45-70, at least four years post-menopause and not currently taking estrogen replacement therapy or treatment for osteoporosis.

Participants will be paid $515 for completing the study. The principal investigator is Connie Weaver, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science. For more information, contact Berdine Martin at bmartin1@purdue.edu or call 765-494-6559. IRB#: 1405014899.

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

Aspartame study

Participants are being sought for a study evaluating the effect of aspartame on appetite, body composition and oral glucose tolerance in adults.

Individuals must be age 18-60, have a body mass index of 18-25, have no reported aspartame sensitivity and be non-users or light users of aspartame to participate in this study. Participants will be compensated $300.

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

For more information, contact Robin Rhine at rrhine@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1512016860. 

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 on alcohol, attention and behavior

Researchers are seeking men and women age 21 and older who are in heterosexual romantic relationships for a study on alcohol, attention and behavior.

The study is being conducted in the clinical psychology lab of Christopher Eckhardt, associate professor of psychological sciences and the principal investigator. This is a two-part study, and participants will receive $10 to $110 as compensation depending on the amount of time involved.

For more information, email rtstudy@purdue.edu or visit http://alcatt.psych.purdue.edu. IRB#: 1509016453. 

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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