December 2, 2022

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

 

Social, dating and sexual attitudes of college men 

Researchers are seeking men ages 18-26 enrolled at least part-time at Purdue University for a study examining social, dating, and sexual attitudes. Participants will complete a survey containing questionnaires on attitudes related to social, dating and sexual situations; personality; and specific sexual behaviors.

Participation is expected to take up to 75 minutes, and participants completing the survey will receive a $30 eGift card. In addition, participants completing the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card (odds of winning are 1 in 50). Participants will be notified of winning by email.

The principal investigator is Christopher Eckhardt, professor of psychology. For more information on how to participate, email DATING@purdue.edu. IRB-2022-778.

 

Vitamin D-enriched mushroom nutrition study

This research study is assessing the effects of including vitamin D-enriched mushrooms as a part of participants' usual eating patterns on measures of immune function, inflammatory status and vitamin D status.

The study seeks men and women who are willing to consume vitamin D-enriched mushrooms or portioned, dried study powder for 12 weeks. Vitamin D-enriched mushrooms will be provided. Participants are required to attend six study visits at the research site over approximately a four-month period. Participants will be compensated $200 for participating in this study.

Interested participants should be age 30 to 69 years of age, in general good health, nonsmokers, and nonpregnant. Other criteria for study participation apply. Individuals interested in participating in this study should email Luz Comboni at lcomboni@purdue.edu and mention the “Vitamin D-Enriched Mushroom Study.”

Researchers adhere to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures. The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB-2022-750.

 

Home-based leg heat therapy in elderly individuals

Men and women ages 65 and older are needed for a research study on the effects of home-based leg heat therapy on walking tolerance and leg strength.

Leg heat therapy is the application of heat to the legs using water-circulating pants connected to a pump. Participants will be asked to apply the therapy (90 minutes daily, seven days per week) at home for 12 weeks. A series of exams will be performed before and at the end of the treatment. Participants will receive $300 for completing the study.

Participants must be:

  • Age 65 or older.
  • Sedentary (exercise less than three days per week, 20 minutes per day).
  • Nonsmokers.

If interested in participating, call 765-496-2612 or e-mail brosegui@purdue.edu. The principal investigator is Bruno Roseguini, associate professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. IRB-2022-381.

  

Study 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 ages 8-10 to participate in a research study on how exercise may influence thinking and brain function.

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 recording of brain waves using techniques such as electroencephalogram (EEG).

Participation in this study will be compensated to 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 on how brain processes pitch of a sound

Adults ages 18-55 with mild-moderate hearing loss are needed for a study to evaluate how sounds are processed in the human brain. The procedure consists of recording electrical activity from the brain (using five EEG-type electrodes attached to the head and ear) in response to various sounds presented through earphones at comfortable listening levels.

The task is to sit, relax on a comfortable chair situated in a sound-treated booth, and watch a muted video from a film library. Participants will be asked to fill out forms before the actual experiment. Participants will be paid $25 per two-hour session. Participants may be required to attend two to four sessions. The study will be performed in the Auditory Electrophysiology Lab in Lyles-Porter Hall, Room 3043.

Participants must be/have:

  • 18-55 years old.
  • Right-handed.
  • No musical training or less than three years of musical training.
  • No previous history of brain injury or psychiatric problems.
  • Mild-moderate hearing loss in at least one ear.

The principal investigator is Ananthanarayan Krishnan, professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences. Individuals who meet the prescreening criteria listed above and are interested in volunteering for the study should contact Aditi Gargeshwari at agargesh@purdue.edu. IRB#: 506002731.

 

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 ages 2-5 years 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.

 

Almonds and diabetes risk study

Men and women ages 18-70 are needed by the Purdue Department of Nutrition Science to study the effect of almonds on long-term blood sugar control. Partial eligibility includes having high blood sugar levels and no allergy to almonds. Participants can earn up to $600 in 16 weeks.

A pre-screening survey is online for those interested in participating.

The principal investigator is Richard Mattes, distinguished professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. For more information, contact Jasmine Huang at huan1472@purdue.edu. IRB-2021-1008.

 

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.

 

Study on how the brain combines sight and sound

Boys and girls ages 8-12 are needed for a study on how the brain combines sight and sound.

Natalya Kaganovich, associate 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 up to eight research sessions. Each session will last 1.5 to 2 hours. During the first two sessions, standardized tests will be administered that evaluate children’s nonverbal intelligence and language skills.

During the last six sessions, children’s brain activity will be collected while they are doing different tasks. 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 8-12 years old; typically developing; right-handed; 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 not 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. Evening and weekend sessions are available, if needed. 

To participate or for more information, contact Jennifer Schumaker at jschumak@purdue.edu or 765-494-4445. IRB#: 0909008484.

 

Toddler word learning study

The Language Learning and Meaning Acquisition (LLaMA) Lab at Purdue is conducting a study that may help better diagnose kids with communication challenges in the future. Researchers want to follow families over time as children grow from 18 months to 4 years.

Families will come to the family-friendly lab in Lyles-Porter Hall twice every six months until their child is 48 months. Each visit lasts about one hour. Families also will complete surveys about their child’s language development online and at home every three months. Families will receive $30 for each in-person visit and $10 for each online survey completed for a total of $450 across the entire study. 

Families are eligible if your child is:

  • 18 months old or younger.
  • Learning English at home.
  • Has standard vision and hearing.
  • Not diagnosed with any cognitive or neurological problems.

The principal investigator is Arielle Borovsky, associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

To participate or for more information, email project coordinator Claney Outzen at  llamalab@purdue.edu or call 765-496-0427. IRB#: 2020-1025.

 

Sparkling water study

The Saliva, Perception, Ingestion, and Tongues Lab in the Department of Nutrition Science is recruiting participants for its sparkling water study. In this experiment, researchers will give participants flavored, unsweetened sparkling waters to drink for two weeks. During those weeks, they will have three taste tests with some sodas and sparkling water products. Participants will be asked questions about their beverage consumption at the beginning, middle and end of the tests. Researchers also will follow up with participants about their beverage consumption two weeks after the experiment is over.

To be eligible for the study, individuals must:

  • Be between 18 to 45 years old.
  • Consume a minimum amount of sugar-sweetened sodas on a regular basis.
  • Be willing to drink unsweetened, flavored sparkling waters.
  • Not be dieting/changing their diet and agree to maintain their current diet for at least days one through 15 of the study.
  • Willing to complete all study activities.
  • Have access to a computer, phone or smart device with internet to access the online sensory tests and survey.

If any of the criteria below apply, individuals cannot participate in the study:

  • Are under the care of a medical professional or taking medication for prediabetes, Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes.
  • Are dieting or attempting to lose weight.
  • Have food allergies or dietary restrictions for any of the ingredients included in the study.

Individuals can earn up to $30 in Amazon gift cards for their participation. Those interested in participating in the study should take the screening survey. For more information, email Vinnie Valicente at vvalicen@purdue.edu. IRB-2022-164. 

 

Baby Exploration Project

Researchers are inviting families with babies up to 2-years-old in the West Lafayette-Lafayette and surrounding areas to participate in a study of how babies explore their home environment.

A researcher will visit participants at home for two to three hours while families and the baby go about daily activities. Participants will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

For more information visit www.baby-exploration-project.org. To sign up, contact Paige Thompson at motordev@purdue.edu.

The principal investigator is Laura Claxton, associate professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. Purdue IRB# 2021-1249/ NYU IRB# FY2021-5660.

 

Word learning study for preschool children

Researchers are seeking children to participate in a study of word learning. Children ages 4-5½ years old (48 months to 65 months) are eligible.

Families will receive $10 per session and a speech, language and hearing evaluation for their child.

Six one-hour sessions are scheduled at Purdue in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in Lyles-Porter Hall. Researchers strictly adhere to all guidelines for PPE (personal protective equipment) and cleaning outlined in the Protect Purdue guidelines to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. The principal investigator is Laurence Leonard, the Rachel E. Stark Distinguished Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

For more information, contact Pat Deevy at 765-496-1821 or deevy@purdue.edu, or visit the Child Language Research Laboratory webpage. IRB#: 1603017480.

 

Resistance exercise and cognition study

Young adults ages 18-44 are needed to participate in a research study on how resistance exercise affects thinking and brain function. 

Participants will be compensated $50-$60 total for completing the study.

To qualify, individuals must exercise on average two-plus times a week over the past 12 months, speak English, be physically capable of exercise and not take medication that affects cognitive function (anti-psychotic, anti-depressant, anti-anxiety or ADHD).

Participants will visit the lab in Lambert Fieldhouse on two separate days. The first visit is about two hours, involving demographic questionnaires, computer games, one rep max muscle strength testing, a VO2 max and a body composition scan. The second visit is two and a half to three hours, involving computer games, recoding of brain waves using electroencephalogram (EEG) and a resistance exercise or rest session. Some subjects may also complete two 4-milliliter blood draws on the second day for an additional $10.

For more information, contact Nick Baumgartner at panchlaboratory@purdue.edu or go to the lab website. Shih-Chun Kao, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, is the principal investigator. IRB-2022-307.

  

MEAL-DM study

The purposes of this study are testing the Monitoring Eating And Lifestyle for Diabetes Management (MEAL-DM) app, which was created to record the foods someone eats or beverages someone drinks in a day, and then completing traditional online dietary surveys asking about meals and snacks that participants ate and drank over the same period of time that participants completed the MEAL-DM.

Participants must be 18-65 years old, use insulin and be fluent in English. Participants may become more aware of their diet and overall health, and develop healthy eating habits. The study will take around a week to complete, and participants will receive up to a $40 gift card for compensation.

The research study will be conducted at the participants’ preferred locations. To see if you are eligible for this study, take the screening survey or contact Yue Qin at qin53@purdue.edu. The principal investigator is Heather Eicher-Miller, associate professor of nutrition science. IRB-2021-1734.

  

An hour in the life of babies at home

Researchers are inviting 1,000 families across the United States with babies up to 2 years old to participate in a study of what babies do at home. What families can expect:

A researcher will visit participants at home for two to three hours while families and the baby go about daily activities. Participants will receive $50. For more information on how to sign up, visit www.anhourinthelife.org or contact the Purdue Motor Development Lab in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at motordev@purdue.edu.

The principal investigator is Laura Claxton, associate professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. BRANY IRB# 18-017-600/Purdue IRB# 2019-26.

 

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 25 to 69, overweight, nonsmokers and nonpregnant. Those interested in participating in the study should contact Harrison Cottingham at hcotting@purdue.edu and mention the “U.S. 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.

 

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 Amy Wright at amyjwright2@purdue.edu. IRB# 2021-1099.

 

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.

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.


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