January 21, 2022

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

 

Studies on how exercise may influence thinking and brain function

The Physical Activity and NeuroCognitive Health (PANCH) Laboratory in the Department of Health and Kinesiology is looking for children 8-10 years old and adults 18-30 years old to participate in a research study on how exercise may influence thinking and brain function.

There are three studies:

* Study No. 1: Children ages 8-10

Participation in this research requires three visits on separate days to the MRI facility at Purdue. The first visit may last approximately three hours and involves health-related and demographic questionnaires, computer games and a fitness test. The second and third visits each may last about two hours and involve exercise and recording of brain activity using techniques such as an MRI. Participation in this study will be compensated by a total of $70. Individuals who are interested in this research or who have questions should contact baumgarn@purdue.edu. Shih-Chun Kao, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, is the principal investigator. IRB#: IRB-2019-114.

* Study No. 2: Children ages 8-10

Participation in this research requires two visits on separate days to Lambert Fieldhouse. The first visit will last approximately three hours, involving computer games and a fitness test. The second visit will last about three hours and will involve health-related and demographic questionnaires, exercise and recoding of brain waves using techniques such as electroencephalogram (EEG). Participation in this study will be compensated by a maximum total of $80. Individuals interested in this research or who have any questions should email panchlaboratory@purdue.edu. Shih-Chun Kao, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, is the principal investigator. IRB-2020-123.

* Study No. 3: Adults ages 18-30

Participation in this research requires two visits, each for two hours, on separate days to the Physical Activity and NeuroCognitive Health (PANCH) Laboratory. The first visit may involve health-related and demographic questionnaires, computer games, and aerobic and muscular fitness test. The second visit may involve exercise and recoding of brain activity using electroencephalogram (EEG). Participation in this study will be compensated by a total of $40. Individuals interested in this research or who have any questions should email panchlaboratory@purdue.edu. Shih-Chun Kao, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, is the principal investigator. IRB-2020-1093.

 

The Your View Study

For this study, families will receive a kit mailed to their home with head cameras, headbands and instructions. Parents and their children will wear the head cameras and record their daily activities for up to four hours across one week. Parents will also be asked to fill out questionnaires online. Families will be compensated with a $60 Amazon gift card for their time.

Researchers are looking for families with children 2-5 years of age who:

  • Are on the autism spectrum, or
  • Have Down syndrome, or
  • Are typically developing.

For more information, email maclab@purdue.edu. The principal investigator is Carolyn McCormick, assistant professor of human development and family studies. IRB #: 2021-1114, PI:

 

Study on infant and toddler vegetable acceptance

The Child Temperament and Health Lab at Purdue is recruiting families to participate in a research study looking at infants’ responses to vegetables and caregivers' decisions about offering them to their child. Participating in the study will require two study visits, which will take place virtually via Zoom. Each virtual visit will last approximately 60-90 minutes. Participants will receive up to $80 in gift cards for participating.   

Individuals may be qualified to participate if they meet the following criteria:  

  • Child is between 9 months and 24 months of age.
  • Child was born at term (>37 weeks) and has experienced at least one complementary food (e.g., rice cereal).
  • Child has no food allergies or medical conditions.
  • Parent or caregiver is between 18 and 50 years of age. 
  • Participant home is located in the Greater Lafayette area of Indiana.

The principal investigator is Kameron Moding, assistant professor in Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Those interested in participating in the study should contact Ellie Kielb at ekielb@purdue.edu and mention the “Infant Vegetable Study." IRB-2019-451.

 

Healthy adults needed for swallowing study

Researchers are recruiting adults who are 18-30 or 50-90 years old and are generally healthy for a study of swallowing and sensors to monitor muscle activity. Individuals may be eligible for this study if they do not have problems swallowing and do not have a history of neurological disorder. 

Participation entails coming to the swallowing lab in Lyles-Porter Hall for free swallowing evaluations twice. The first visit will last around two hours and the second visit around 1.5 hours. Eligible participants who complete both visits will receive up to $50. The principal investigator is Georgia Malandraki, associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

To participate or for more information, email swallowinglab@purdue.edu or call 765-496-0207. IRB#: 2021-1247.

 

Skeletal muscle blood vessel function in individuals with and without obesity

This study will involve procedures including blood draw, muscle biopsy and analysis of blood vessel function. Compensation includes $150 payment upon completion of the entire project.

Participants must:

  • Be healthy and 18-40 years of age.
  • Be sedentary – exercise less than 3 days per week, 20 minutes per day.
  • Have no known cardiovascular or metabolic disease.
  • Be nonsmoking.

The co-principal investigators include Tim Gavin, professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. To participate, contact Lundon Burton at Purdue’s Wastl Human Performance Laboratory at burto119@purdue.edu. IRB#: 2020-1849.

 

Study on probiotics and lactose intolerance symptoms

The Department of Nutrition Science is conducting a study to see how probiotics impact lactose intolerance symptoms.

Participants must be healthy, nonsmoking, age 18-65, and not allergic to milk but believe they are lactose-intolerant. Other criteria for study participation apply.

This study will consist of a screening day and two testing days approximately 14 days apart. Participants will be required to come to Stone Hall for approximately two consecutive hours on the screening day and eight hours for each testing day.  Participants also will be asked to track any symptoms related to lactose intolerance for two weeks following their last testing day. Participants will receive up to $200 for completing the study.

The principal investigator is Dennis Savaiano, the Virginia C. Meredith Professor of Nutrition Policy. Those interested in participating should contact Anne Wilcox at akwilcox@purdue.edu. IRB# 2021-1099.

 

Study examining walking adaptability

Researchers are looking for healthy individuals ages 60 to 90 for a research study being conducted at Purdue's West Lafayette campus. The purpose of this study is to understand how people adapt their gait to the demands of the environment.

Participation involves one visit to the lab lasting about 2.5 hours. If needed, a ride to and from campus will be provided through Uber, Lyft or a taxi at no cost to the participant.

During the visit, participants will wear small reflective markers and their motion will be monitored with a motion capture system. Participants will be asked to walk on an eight-meter-long walkway and step over an obstacle located in the walkway. In some trials, a lighted target will be projected onto the walkway, and participants will be instructed to step on or avoid the target as they walk down the walkway. Researchers will measure participants' foot placements and quantify gait stability in response to accurately stepping on targets and crossing an obstacle.

Participants will receive $40 for completing the study. The principal investigator is Shirley Rietdyk, professor of health and kinesiology.

If interested in participating, contact the research team at kulkar50@purdue.edu or call 765-772-5050. For more information, contact Rietdyk at 765-409-2627 or srietdyk@purdue.edu or Satyajit Ambike, assistant professor health and kinesiology, at 765-496-0567 or sambike@purdue.edu. IRB # 2021-331.

 

Skeletal muscle microvascular function in young and older adults

Researchers are recruiting men ages 18-35 and ages 65 and older to participate in a research study evaluating the impact of aging on skeletal muscle microvascular function.

Participation in this study requires two laboratory visits. The first visit will take up to 30 minutes; the second visit will take up to 120 minutes. Both visits will take place in the Max E. Wastl Human Performance Laboratory (Lambert Fieldhouse). During the first visit, researchers will verbally explain the study and subject eligibility will be determined. During the second visit, subjects will undergo a fasted blood-draw, followed by a muscle biopsy of the vastus lateralis (quadriceps muscle). The second visit will conclude with determination of microvascular function via noninvasive measures. Subjects will be compensated $150 for the entire study.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Men age 18-35 or ages 65 and older.
  • Sedentary – Exercise less than three days/week, 20 minutes per day.
  • No known cardiovascular or metabolic disease.
  • Nonsmoking.

The study adheres to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures. More information regarding standard operating procedures is available on the Protect Purdue website.

Individuals who are interested in this research study or those who have questions can contact Chris Kargl at ckargl@purdue.edu. Tim Gavin, professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, is the principal investigator. IRB # IRB-2021-648.

 

Study on effects of consuming different proportions of red meat and plant-based, protein-rich foods

This research study is assessing the effects of consuming different proportions of red meat and plant-based, protein-rich foods (nuts, seeds, and soy products) incorporated into a U.S. healthy eating pattern on cardiovascular disease risk factors in adults at high risk of developing a heart-related disease.

The study seeks men and women who are willing to consume a U.S. healthy eating pattern with varying proportions of red meat and plant-based, protein-rich foods for 10 weeks. All food will be provided. Participants are required to attend four study visits at the research site over approximately a three and a half month period. Individuals will be compensated $300 for participating in the study.

Interested subjects should be age 30 to 69, overweight, nonsmokers and nonpregnant. Those interested in participating in the study should contact Harrison Cottingham at hcotting@purdue.edu and mention the “US healthy eating pattern plant-based and animal protein."

The study adheres to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures. For more information regarding the standard operating procedures, visit the Protect Purdue website.

The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB#: IRB-2020-587.

 

Mediterranean diet and mushroom nutrition study

This research study is assessing the effects of including mushrooms as part of a healthy eating pattern on indices of perceived mental health/anxiety/depression along with risk factors for cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.

The study seeks men and women who are willing to consume a Mediterranean-style diet for eight weeks either with or without mushrooms. All food will be provided. Participants are required to attend three study visits at the research site over approximately a three-month period. Individuals will be compensated $300 for participating in the study.

Interested subjects should be age 30 to 69, overweight yet in general good health, nonsmokers and nonpregnant. Those interested in participating in the study should contact Cassi Uffelman at cuffelma@purdue.edu and mention the “Mediterranean Diet and Mushroom Study."

The study adheres to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures. For more information regarding the standard operating procedures, visit https://protect.purdue.edu.

The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB#: IRB-2019-650.

 

Comparative study of video-based and VR-based simulation training in social skills development 

Purdue students who are over age 18 are sought to participate in a research study investigating how social skills can be developed through 360-degree video-based and virtual reality-based simulations.

Participants will receive a $25 Amazon gift card upon completion of all components of the study. Total participation will take about 2.5 hours. Some participants also may be invited for semi-structured interviews and will be compensated with an additional $25 Amazon gift card.

If interested in participating in the study, send an email to Yeling Jiang, project research assistant, at jiang424@purdue.edu with the subject line "Social Skills Development Research Study."

For more information, contact principal investigator Mesut Akdere, professor of technology leadership and innovation, at makdere@purdue.edu. IRB#: 2021-86.

 

Skeletal muscle microvascular oxygenation during exercise on an anti-gravity treadmill

Researchers are looking for men and women ages 18-30 who would like to volunteer for a research study evaluating the impact of anti-gravity treadmill exercise on skeletal muscle function.

Individuals may be qualified to participate if they meet the following criteria:

  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not have a known cardiovascular, pulmonary or metabolic disease.
  • Exercise up to three days a week.
  • Have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Participation in this research requires five experimental visits lasting approximately one hour each – two visits to the Wastl Human Performance Laboratory (Lambert Fieldhouse on West Lafayette campus) and three visits to Heritage Healthcare, LLC (3401 Soldiers Home Road). All five visits will involve exercise testing on either a standard treadmill or anti-gravity treadmill (AlterG) while using noninvasive techniques to measure pulmonary oxygen consumption and leg muscle oxygenation. The AlterG treadmill is widely used in sports medicine for rehabilitation and recovery but is not common in general commercial gyms. Subjects will get a chance to assess their physical fitness while exercising on the AlterG along other state-of-the-art equipment. Subjects will be compensated $8 per visit for their participation for a total of $40 at the end of the study if attending and completing all five experimental visits.

The study adheres to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures. More information regarding standard operating procedures is available on the Protect Purdue website.

Individuals who are interested in this research study or who have questions should contact Michael Holmes at holmes94@purdue.edu. Daniel Hirai, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, is the principal investigator. IRB #: IRB-2020-542.

  

Protein, exercise and muscle health study

Women ages 60-80 are wanted to participate in a study evaluating the impact of a high-protein diet and exercise on muscle and tendon health.

Researchers are seeking:

  • Healthy, nondiabetic individuals.
  • Individuals with a body mass index (BMI) less than or equal to 40.
  • Individuals who do not exercise frequently.

This research study will require:

  • 46 visits to the West Lafayette campus over a period of approximately four months.
  • Completion of 12 weeks of supervised exercise training.
  • A diet provided by research staff.

Individuals with claustrophobia or problems with tendons in the legs may not be able to enroll in this research study. For more information, contact Nathan Campbell at campb302@purdue.edu or 765-357-6717.

The study adheres to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures. For more information regarding the standard operating procedures, visit https://protect.purdue.edu.

The principal investigator is Chad C. Carroll, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. IRB# IRB-2019-218.

 

Cognition and perception experiment

The PACER lab (Psychophyiological Assessment of Cognition Emotion and Reward) is looking for volunteers ages 18-35 to participate in a study on brain activity who may relate to some or all of the following questions:

  • Do you ever feel as if things on the TV or radio were meant especially for you?
  • Do you ever think that people can communicate telepathically?
  • Do you feel that you only have few hobbies or interests?

Participants may be paid up to $50 for their time and be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card.

Participation includes a brain activity recording, computer tasks that involve responding quickly to shapes and listening to tones, and an interview about the participant’s feelings and experiences. 

The lab visit lasts approximately four hours, and an online survey will need to be completed six months later.

If interested, contact Keisha Novak and her team at thecape@purdue.edu or at 765-496-0377. IRB#: 1808020876. 

  

Nutrition research study

Researchers are looking for men and women ages 30-69 who would like to volunteer for a research study to determine how substitutions of starchy vegetables and refined grains with beef in a healthy vegetarian diet affect cardio-metabolic disease risk factors. 

Participants will be compensated $300 for completing the study. All study foods will be provided at no cost for 10 weeks (two five-week periods).

Interested volunteers should have a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 37 and be nondiabetic, nonpregnant or nonlactating, and nonsmoking.

Measurements taken during the study will include height, weight, blood pressure, blood samples, stool samples and dietary recalls.

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

For more information, contact Erica Hill at hill155@purdue.edu and/or Yu Wang at wang3651@purdue.edu in the Department of Nutrition Science. Reference study number S53 when responding. IRB#: 1809021091.

 


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