July 20, 2017

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

 

Maternal Context of Pregnancy Project

Women in the first trimester of pregnancy or who are planning to become pregnant in the near future are needed for the Maternal Context of Pregnancy Project, which examines the relationships between experiences mothers may have during pregnancy, and how those experiences might "get under the skin" and affect children’s development.

Participation includes one online questionnaire and hair sample (to assess levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress and pregnancy each trimester), and an online questionnaire and cheek swabs from mother and at six months post-partum. Around the time of delivery, with the help of a hospital, birth center or midwife, a small sample of blood from the mother and some samples of the placenta will be collected to examine changes in gene expression related to different kinds of experiences during pregnancy.

Participants are compensated $25 per assessment (a total of $100 for the whole study) as appreciation for their time.

For more information, contact Emily or Kristine at BDL@purdue.edu or on Facebook: the Biobehavioral Development Lab at Purdue. IRB#: 1704019124.

Study investigating 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 21 years of age or older. Participants must be characterized as mildly hypertensive and not currently taking more than one 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 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.

Researchers are looking for women ages 18-35 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.

* 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. 

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 the family's home, two 75-minute visits at a park or playground of the parents' choice, and one 90-minute laboratory visit on Purdue's campus. In addition, each parent will answer some questionnaires about the 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: Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Participants 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. Individuals age 15-21 who are healthy may qualify.

For more information, email leidylab@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1611018501. 

Study on eating different types of protein

Participants are being sought for a study looking at possible benefits of eating different types of protein.

Participants will be provided different types of breakfast shakes to consume at home. For each type of breakfast shake, participants will complete a five-hour testing day that measures feelings of appetite (hunger and fullness) and thoughts of food, and hormones that respond to eating (by taking blood samples in our lab). Participants will be paid for completing all study procedures. 

For more information, contact: leidylab@purdue.edu and mention the “Protein Source Study.” IRB#:1701018659.

Diabetes and tendon health research study

Purdue researchers in the Department of Health and Kinesiology are seeking men and women ages 21-60 years to participate in a study evaluating the impact of diabetes on tendon.

Researchers are seeking patients with diagnosed Type 2 diabetes who are nonsmokers.

For more information, contact Shivam Patel at patel713@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1704019123.

Musicians/non-musicians needed for hearing study

Participants 18-30 years of age who play an instrument and are enrolled in a band program, as well as participants in the same age group with no significant exposure to loud noise including music, are needed for an experimental study to evaluate the effects on music exposure on hearing.

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 prior to completion will still receive compensation of $25. 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 18-30 years old, have no history of brain injury or psychiatric problems, and have normal hearing sensitivity by self-report.

To participate, contact Chandan Suresh at hs0@purdue.edu. IRB#: 1704019056.

Study on parents and adult children

Researchers are seeking volunteers to participate in a study of mothers’ and fathers’ relationships with their adult children in midlife. 

Interested participants should be ages 60-75, currently married and have at least two living adult children who no longer live at home​.

Participation in the study would consist of a one-hour in-person interview at participants' convenience. 

To participate or for more information, contact Gulcin Con at gcon@purdue.edu or 765-543-2516. The principal investigator is J. Jill Suitor, professor of sociology (jsuitor@purdue.edu). IRB#: 1704019044.

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 Chandan Suresh at hs0@purdue.edu. IRB#: 0506002731.

Kids and adults needed for a study on brain activity during speech

Bridget Walsh, research scientist in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, is interested in how areas of the brain are active when people talk. Children and adults are needed to participate in one two-hour session in a lab in Lyles-Porter Hall.

A newer, safe neuroimaging technique that records brain activity at the surface of the head will be used while the participant views and describes what is going on in different picture scenes.

To participate, children must be 7-12 years old and adults must be 20-35 years old. Participants must be right-handed, native speakers of American English and have no neurological, learning, developmental, speech/language, or hearing disorders. Participants also must not be taking medication that would be expected to affect brain activity (e.g., for depression, ADHD, etc.).

Each participant will be compensated $20 for their participation. Parking is free and located in the Harrison Street Garage, attached to Lyles-Porter Hall.

For more information, contact Walsh at bridget@purdue.edu or 765-496-0151, and be sure to leave your contact information. IRB#: 0507002850.

Study on the effects of protein quantity on sleep quality

Researchers are looking for men and women who would like to volunteer for a research study that will look at how protein intake influences changes in sleep quality during weight loss.

For this 14-week study, volunteers will come to the Purdue Clinical Research Center for four, one-hour testing days. Testing days will include measures of body composition, clinical health measures and sleep quality. During the study, all foods will be provided to participants.

Participants will receive $400 for completing the study.

Interested subjects should be age 35 to 65 who are overweight, in general good health, nonsmokers, and nonpregnant. If you are interested in participating in this study mention the “protein and sleep study” and contact Josh Hudson at hudson67@purdue.edu or Jan Green at 765-494-7660 for more information.

The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB#: 1701018623.

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 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. 

Study investigating walking stability when infants and toddlers carry toys 

Newly walking infants and toddlers (with approximately one year of walking experience) are needed for a study investigating walking stability. Research has shown that infants holding toys in a standing task show an increase in standing stability. Researchers are interested in whether the same is true when infants/toddlers are walking while carrying toys.

Infants and toddlers will engage in a 20-minute free-play session with toys of different sizes and weights and then will be encouraged to walk down a straight pathway carrying toys of different sizes and weights. To measure walking characteristics (e.g., walking speed, step length, step width), children will wear reflective markers on their ankles, so that we can capture their movements using specialized motion capture cameras. 

The project consists of a 40- to 45-minute session at the Life-Span Motor Development Lab located in Lambert Fieldhouse. Newly walking infants (ages 13-14 months) must be capable of walking independently (without any support) for at least 10 consecutive steps. Researchers are also recruiting toddlers (around 24 months) who have been walking for about a year.  Children will receive a Motor Development Lab T-shirt, and parents will receive $5 for travel costs.

Contact Laura Claxton, associate professor of health and kinesiology, at 765-496-2293 or ljclaxton@purdue.edu if you are interested in having your child participate or would like more information. IRB#: 1608018080. 

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 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


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