November 20, 2020

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

Study on brain activity and depression

Researchers are looking for volunteers for a study on brain activity and depression at Purdue. Men and women ages 18-50 who are fluent in English and have some current symptoms of depression may be eligible to participate.

The study involves one visit to the lab lasting up to three hours. Participants will be asked to complete an interview, fill out several questionnaires, and have their brain activity recorded (EEG/fMRI) while completing several simple computer tasks. The tasks will include responding quickly to shapes on the screen and viewing emotional stimuli. Participants will be paid $20 per hour for their time, plus a possible monetary bonus on some of the tasks.

Some eligibility restrictions may apply. For more information, contact CRNP@purdue.edu.  The principal investigators for the study are Susan South, associate professor, and Daniel Foti, assistant professor, in the Department of Psychological Sciences. IRB#: 1707019408.

 

Fecal Microbiome Biobank study

The MINION research team in the Department of Nutrition Science is seeking individuals to participate in the Fecal Microbiome Biobank study, which aims to better understand the relationship of the gut microbiota on host health. The study requires approximately one hour of time to fill out a health survey and a fecal sample.

Researchers are seeking individuals of all ages and races who have not taken antibiotics in six months. Participants will receive a total of $15 for approximately one hour of time.

If interested, contact clapp5@purdue.edu. The principal investigator for the study is Tzu-Wen Cross, assistant professor in Department of Nutrition Science. IRB-2020-1403.

 

Driving simulator study

Researchers are investigating human trust in autonomous systems. Men and women age 18 and older are invited to participate in a driving simulator study where they will evaluate the performance of an autonomous driving system. During the study, participants will decide whether they want to take over control of the vehicle from the autonomous system. Eye movements, skin conductivity, and emotional responses will be tracked.

Participation includes two sessions, one week apart. Each session will last approximately one hour. Upon completion, participants will be compensated $15 per session ($30 total). The study adheres to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures.

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

  • Age 18 years or older.
  • Allowed to drive in the United States.
  • Have normal or corrected-to-normal vision (glasses and contacts are fine).
  • Do not have any form of color blindness.
  • Do not experience motion sickness. 

To participate or request more information, contact Jacob Hunter at simstudy.pu@gmail.com. IRB# 2020-239.

 

Effects of acute cyclooxygenase-2 inhibition on skeletal muscle microvascular oxygenation 

Researchers are looking for men and women ages 18-35 who would like to volunteer for a research study evaluating the impact of anti-inflammatory medication on skeletal muscle function during exercise.  

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

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) lower than 30.
  • Do not smoke. 
  • Do not take any medication. 
  • Do not participate in any kind of supervised physical activity or exercise for more than three days a week. 

Participation in this research requires three experimental visits to the Wastl Human Performance Laboratory – Lambert Fieldhouse. All three visits will involve exercise testing on a cycle ergometer while using noninvasive techniques to measure pulmonary oxygen consumption and skeletal muscle oxygenation. Subjects will be compensated $50 per visit for their participation for a total of $150 at the end of the study if attending and completing all three 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 Department of Health and Kinesiology, is the principal investigator. IRB #: 1905022251.

 

Telehealth study on speech for individuals with Parkinson's disease

The Motor Speech Laboratory at Purdue is looking for individuals to participate in a telehealth study on speech.

This study has five sessions over a period of a month, and all sessions are completed online. Participants will be asked to interact with a computer-generated interaction, Nina, while producing different facial movements, providing speech samples and completing surveys. Both video and audio will be recorded during these sessions. Participants will be compensated $10 per session with a $20 bonus for completing all sessions. Professor Jessica Huber is the principal investigator for this study.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson disease
  • Age 30-85.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Normal language and cognition.
  • No history of neurological diseases (other than Parkinson disease) or pulmonary disease.
  • No history of head, neck or chest surgery.
  • Have access to an internet and web-camera enabled device.
  • Have adequate hearing (with or without amplification) to process verbal instruction and adequate vision to see the computer screen.
  • Nonsmoking for the last five years.

Individuals interested in participating should contact Sandy Snyder in the Motor Speech Laboratory at 765-494-6488 or email snyder33@purdue.edu for more information. IRB-2020-873.

 

Student perceptions of COVID-19 prevention

Researchers from the School of Health Sciences are conducting a brief online survey to better understand student opinions and experiences regarding personal protective measures for COVID-19, including wearing masks and social distancing. 

Purdue undergraduate or graduate students who are at least 18 years old are eligible to take the survey. Responses to this survey will be confidential and participation is completely voluntary.

Once participants have submitted the survey, they may enter their email address to be placed in a raffle for a chance to win one of five $20 Amazon gift cards.

Use this link to take the survey. 

The principal investigator is Ellen Wells, associate professor in the School of Health Sciences (wells54@purdue.edu). #IRB-2020-1366.

 

Teaching with data in the social sciences

Researchers from Purdue’s Libraries and School of Information Studies are conducting a study titled “Teaching with Data in the Social Sciences” to learn about the practices of social science instructors who teach undergraduate students to engage with quantitative data, such as by conducting research using quantitative methods, analyzing or visualizing datasets, or learning to use specific tools or software to work with data.

The study at Purdue is part of a suite of parallel studies at 23 other institutions of higher education in the United States, coordinated by Ithaka S+R, a not-for-profit research and consulting service. The information gathered at Purdue also will be included in a landmark capstone report by Ithaka S+R and will be used for the Libraries and School of Information Studies to further understand how the support needs of social science instructors are evolving more broadly.

Instructors who teach undergraduates to engage with quantitative data and who are willing to be interviewed for the study should contact Professor Clarence Maybee, principal investigator, to express their interest. Maybee may be contacted by email at cmaybee@purdue.edu or by phone at 765-494-7603. IRB# 2020-818.

 

Women’s skin health study

Professor Andrea DeMaria in the Department of Public Health and her team are conducting a research study designed to understand the patient experience of women with chronic inflammatory skin conditions to identify ways to improve health care for this population. Specifically, this study will investigate the impact of inflammatory skin conditions on personal well-being and sexual health.

This study seeks women who are 18 years or older and have been diagnosed with an inflammatory vulvar or non-vulvar skin condition. Participants will be asked to complete a web-based questionnaire that will take approximately 20 minutes. Upon completion of the survey, participants can choose if they want to be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card.

The survey is available online. For more information, contact Sydney Rivera at rivera60@purdue.edu. IRB#: 2020-812.

 

Mushroom ingestion nutrition study

This research study is assessing the effects of consuming different types and amounts of mushrooms on postprandial changes in plasma and urine metabolites.

This study seeks men and women who are willing to consume a test day salad containing various amounts and types of mushrooms. Participants are required to attend six study visits at the research site over approximately a four-month period. Participants will be compensated $500 for participating in this study.  

Interested subjects should be age 30 to 69, overweight yet in general good health, nonsmokers, and nonpregnant. If you are interested in participating in this study, contact Cassi Uffelman at cuffelma@purdue.edu and mention the "Mushroom Ingestion Study."

The researchers adhere to all required COVID-19 standard operating procedures. More information regarding the standard operating procedures is available online

The principal investigator is Wayne Campbell, professor in the Department of Nutrition Science. IRB# IRB-2019-645.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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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