September 18, 2020

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

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. 

 

Stomach MRI study

Terry L. Powley, the Winer Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences, and his research team are recruiting healthy volunteers ages 18-65 to participate in a study examining gastrointestinal anatomy and function using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The studies are located on the Purdue campus. Dates of participation are flexible, and participants will be compensated $20 per hour.

Participants will be asked to fast for about 12 hours (starting at 9 p.m. and lasting through  9 a.m. the next morning). After fasting, they will be asked to consume a liquid or solid meal and then rest in an MRI scanner for up two hours while being scanned. Participants also may need to answer some questionnaires regarding to the experimental details.

Individuals may qualify if they are ages 18-65 and in good health. Individuals are not eligible to participate if they have or have had a medical or psychiatric condition, have metallic implants and prosthesis, have prior diagnosis of stomach disorders, or are pregnant.

Individuals interested in participating in this study should contact Tom Lu at lu415@purdue.edu or 765-714-8776. IRB#: 1901021579.

 

Study on automated video interviews

Undergraduates at the sophomore, junior and senior levels are needed to participate in a study investigating automated video interviews.

Organizations are adopting automated video interviews to screen applicants, yet there is little evidence available to suggest that such assessments are reliable, valid or fair. Participants take a series of common selection procedures, including a personality test and ability test, and participate in a mock video interview. The study takes approximately 45 minutes. Participants are encouraged to use the study as a chance to practice their video interview skills, and for completing all components of the study, participants will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. 

The study is available online. After participants complete the study, they are directed to a separate survey to enter their email for the Amazon gift card so that their responses are kept anonymous. Responses will be used to advance understanding of whether and under what conditions automated video interviews can be reliably used to screen applicants.

For more information, contact Louis Hickman at lchickma@purdue.edu or Louis Tay at stay@purdue.edu. IRB#IRB-2019-56.

 

Study on how exercise may influence thinking and brain function (ages 8-10)

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

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 or 765-496-7781. Professor Shih-Chun Kao in the Department of Health and Kinesiology is the principal investigator. IRB#: IRB-2019-114.

 

Study on how exercise may influence thinking and brain function (ages 18-30)

The Physical Activity and NeuroCognitive Health (PANCH) Laboratory in the Department of Health and Kinesiology is looking for people ages 18-30 to participate in a research on how exercise may influence thinking and brain function.

Participation in this research requires three visits, each for two hours and 20 minutes, on separate days to the PANCH lab. The first visit may involve health-related and demographic questionnaires, computer games and a fitness test. The second and third visits each may involve exercise and recoding of brain activity using techniques such as electroencephalogram (EEG) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Participation in this study will be compensated by a total of $45.

Individuals who are interested in this research or who have questions should contact nagy17@purdue.edu. Professor Shih-Chun Kao in the Department of Health and Kinesiology is the principal investigator. IRB#: IRB-2019-25.

 

Protein, exercise and muscle health research study

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

Researchers are seeking individuals who are healthy and nondiabetic, have a body mass index (BMI) less than or equal to 40 and 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.
  • Following 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 principal investigator is Chad C. Carroll, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. IRB#: IRB-2019-218.

 

Gelesis study

Participants are needed for a research study evaluating the effect of Gelesis on appetite. Men and women ages 25 to 60 with a with a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 40 are eligible to participate. Participants will be compensated $800.

The principal investigator for the study is Richard Mattes, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science. Those interested in participating should contact Evan at gelesis@purdue.edu or visit http://cfs.purdue.edu/lsis. IRB#: 1903021949.

 

Study evaluating effect of concept training on appetite and taste measurement

Participants are needed for a research study evaluating the effect of concept training on appetite and taste measurement. Men and women ages 18 to 60 with a body mass index (BMI) between 18 and 25 are eligible to participate. Participants will be compensated $100.

The principal investigator for the study is Richard Mattes, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science. Those interested in participating should contact Eunjin at cheone@purdue.edu. IRB#:2020-214.

 

Autism inclusion study

Researchers are conducting a study involving children on the autism spectrum who have participated in extracurricular activities. The experience is an important perspective for understanding how to improve inclusion.

Researchers invite individuals to participate in a 20-minute online survey related to barriers in participation in 4-H. Anyone interested in particpating or who would like to learn more should fill out the Study Interest Survey, email maclab@purdue.edu or call 765-494-8156. IRB#: 1902021736.

 

Protein source study

Researchers are looking for men and women who would like to volunteer for a research study that will look at how protein source influences changes in blood amino acids.

For this three- to eight-week week study, volunteers will come to the Purdue Clinical Research Center for one, one-hour screening day and four individual five-hour testing days. Testing days will include measures of blood amino acid concentrations after the consumption of a provided breakfast.

Participants will receive $300 for completing the study.

Interested participants should be age 55 to 75, in general good health, nonsmokers, and nonpregnant. Individuals interested in participating should contact Gavin Connolly at connolg@purdue.edu or Jan Green at 765-494-7660 and mention the “protein source study” for more information.

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

The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB# 1804020520.

 

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.

 

Flavored sparkling water study

This research study is being conducted as a partnership between Purdue University and Indiana University. The goal is to reduce added sugar consumption from sugary drinks in the diets of adolescents at the risk for Type 2 diabetes. Participants will be supplied and asked to consume flavored sparkling water for 12 weeks as well as to participant in three online meetings of one hour in duration via Zoom or WebEx. 

Individuals may qualify to participate in the study if they meet the criteria below:

  • Are between 10 and 21 years of age.
  • Drink two or more sugary drinks per day (sodas, juices, energy and sports drinks; diet drinks do not count).
  • Are overweight or obese.
  • Are at the risk for developing diabetes or have family history of diabetes. 

Total compensation is $115, in the form of money or gift cards, and will be paid throughout the study. 

The principal investigators for this study are Nana Gletsu-Miller, associate professor at Indiana University’s School of Public Health, and Cordelia Running, assistant professor in Purdue’s Department of Nutrition Science. For more information, contact Vinicius (Vinnie) Valicente at vvalicen@purdue.edu or 480-207-8355. IRB#:1908757318.

 

Interview study with mothers

The goal of the Optimizing Innovations Study is to better understand mothers’ experiences with health care and attitudes toward telehealth. Individuals may qualify to participate in the study if they are a:

  • Mother of a child on the autism spectrum.
  • Mother of a child who has been diagnosed with any of the following genetic syndromes: Angelman syndrome, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Williams syndrome, or Prader-Willi syndrome.
  • Mother who is autistic.

Participation includes one 90-minute interview that will take place over the phone. Upon completion, participants will receive a $40 gift card.

The principal investigators for this study are Andrea DeMaria, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health, and Carolyn McCormick, assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

To participate or request more information, contact Riley Felicicchia at rfelicic@purdue.edu or 765-496-4989. IRB-2019-582.

 

Tele-lactation study

Mothers who just gave birth or who will be giving birth soon (around 34 gestational weeks) are invited to participate in a tele-lactation study. Participants will be given access to a breastfeeding monitoring app, receive tailored education, and have videoconferencing (two or three times) with a lactation consultant for lactation support.

Those interested in participating should email Azza Ahmed at ahmedah@purdue.edu or tele-lactationstudy@purdue.edu.

Participants will receive a $45 gift card upon completing one month of monitoring and submitting a 10-minute survey.

The principal investigators for the study are Ahmed, associate professor in the School of Nursing, and Jeff Brewer, associate professor of computer and information technology in the Polytechnic Institute. IRB#: 1708019497.

 

 


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