Researchers in various studies looking for participants

February 4, 2016  


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

 

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 Renee Mischler at rmischle@purdue.edu or 765-494-1860. 

 

Study on age and humidity-related changes on the voice system

The Laryngeal Research Lab is looking for young and older adults for a study focusing on age and humidity-related changes on the voice system.

Participants must be age 18-30 or age 65 and older; be in general good health; have no hearing, voice or speech problems, be a native speaker of American English; and be a nonsmoker.

This study will involve two sessions. Subjects will be compensated $40 for their participation. To participate or for more information, call 765-496 1723 or email purduevoicelab@gmail.com.

 

Study to investigate the 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.

Participants must be 45-70 years old, and women must be at least four years post menopause (natural or post-hysterectomy). Participants must be characterized as mildly hypertensive and not currently taking 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.

 

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.

Participants must be women age 18-25 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; and 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. Compensation for total completion of the study is $1,200.

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."

 

Parents of 5- to 8-year-olds wanted as research participants for study on family mealtimes

 Researchers in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies are seeking parents of 5- to 8-year-old children to participate in a study on family mealtimes. Family mealtimes have been shown to be healthy and important daily routines for children and parents, but it is not always easy to make them happen.

In this study, parents will have access to (and pilot-test) a new website that is designed to help get children involved in mealtime planning and preparation. To participate, you must have a child 5 to 8 years old living with you, you must have speak English, and you must have regular access to the Internet at home. The study involves an online survey and one month of free access to the new website, followed up by a second online survey about a month later. Participants will receive a $30 Wal-Mart gift card for each of the two surveys.

To participate, contact Carly Evich at foodtime@purdue.edu

 

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, right-handed, have no history of brain injury or psychiatric problems, and 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 Whitney Lyle at wlyle@purdue.edu.

 

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 your home, two visits at a park or playground of your choice, and one laboratory visit on Purdue's campus. In addition, each parent will answer some questionnaires about your 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.

 

Study on how brain combines sight and sound

Children age 8-12 are needed for a study on how the brain combines sight and sound.

Natalya Kaganovich, assistant 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 four research sessions, 1.5 to 2 hours each. Participants will first take a series of standardized tests that will evaluate working memory, nonverbal intelligence, and language skills. 

Children will then participate in two brain-wave recordings during which their brain activity to audiovisual speech will be collected. 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 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 should not be 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.

To participate, contact Jennifer Schumaker at jschumak@purdue.edu, or call 49-44445 and leave your contact information.

 

Swallowing and speech study

Children age 7 to 15 who have been diagnosed with hemiplegic cerebral palsy are needed to participate in a study on the neural control of swallowing and speech.

Eligible children will receive a free swallowing/feeding, speech, language and cognitive assessment. Children also will receive a free MRI of the brain, which is a noninvasive procedure. Families of eligible children will receive $80.

For more information, contact Georgia Malandraki, assistant professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences, at swallowinglab@purdue.edu or 765-496-0206.

 

Study on how eating eggs influences absorption of beneficial plant pigments (carotenoids) and vitamin D from vegetables

This study will look at how the presence of cooked eggs will affect beneficial plant pigments (carotenoids) and vitamin D absorption when consumed with cooked vegetables.

Participants will report to the Purdue Clinical Research Center for two days of testing, and each testing will be separated by a three-week free living, seven-day controlled diet period. Testing days will consist of consuming a test meal followed by blood collections every 60 minutes over a 10-hour period. This study will take a minimum of six weeks to complete.

Participants will receive $400 for completing the study.

Interested subjects should be pre-menopausal (regularly menstruating, age 19-45) or post-menopausal (age 60+) women who are in general good health and who do not smoke. Those interested in participating in this study should contact Jan Green at jkgreen@purdue.edu or 496-6342 for more information.

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

 

Women needed for a research study on the effects of contraceptives on bone health and hormonal status

Women who exercise are needed for a research study investigating the effect of oral vs. non-oral contraceptives on the production of hormones essential for growth and the maintenance of bone health. Participants will receive measures of body composition, hormone levels and aerobic fitness, and will also be given the option to take hormonal contraceptives during the study.

Participants should be women age 18-31 who have regular menstrual cycles, i.e., at least nine menses in the past 12 months, and have not taken birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives in the last six months.

The study requires regular visits to Department of Nutrition Science over the course of four months. Participants can choose to take a contraceptive option or not during the study. Within the contraceptive use group, participants are randomly assigned to use of an oral contraceptive pill or the vaginal ring. The principal investigator is Connie Weaver, distinguished professor in the department.

If interested in participating, call Berdine Martin at 494-6559 or Mike Stone at 494-0385, or send an email to FNbone@purdue.edu. In your phone call or email, please mention the Contraception Study.

 

Nutrition research study

Men and women ages 30 to 69 are needed for a nutrition research study assessing the effects of consuming a Mediterranean diet that is restricted or rich in red meats on cardiometabolic health and well-being.

Measurements will include blood pressure, fasting blood lipids, glucose and insulin, and perceived physical and mental health, including sleep quality.

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

Participants should be age 30 to 69, overweight, not currently consuming a weight-loss or specific diet, nonpregnant, nonsmoking, and nondiabetic. Participants will be compensated $500 for completing the study.

For more information, contact Lauren O'Connor in the Department of Nutrition Science at leoconno@purdue.edu. Please reference study S44 when responding.

 

Study involving kinship parents: Close family and friends who assume the parenting of a child

This research study is being conducted to evaluate an educational parenting program called "KEEPP”: Kinship Education and Enrichment Parenting Program." Over the course of the several classes, which total about 15 hours, kinship caregivers will learn about topics including dealing with feelings and behaviors, connections and healing, and child trauma and its effects. As part of the study, participants will be asked to complete several questionnaires about their feelings as a parent and their child under care.

Participants must reside in one of the following counties: Montgomery, Tipton, White, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Fulton, Parke or Pulaski.

The principal investigator is Karen Foli, associate professor in the School of Nursing. For more information or to enroll in the study, contact Foli at 765-494-4023 or kfoli@purdue.edu.

 

Study seeking patients with Parkinson's disease, older adults

Purdue researchers are seeking adults who are 60 years or older with and without Parkinson's disease, to participate in a study that is designed to help people improve older adults' mobility.

A research team from Purdue's College of Health and Human Sciences is testing an intervention to help older adults improve balance while performing cognitively demanding tasks. The team developed COgnitive-based BALance Training (COBALT) to simultaneously train balance and cognition, by simulating the demands inherent in common tasks. The researchers are evaluating this training program, along with two other programs, to determine which will help older adults improve their walking and balance.

The study is 12 weeks long and participants will be financially compensated. For more information, contact Sandy Snyder, the study coordinator, at snyder33@purdue.edu.

 

Study on speech production learning

Children age 4 to 6 years with speech sound disorders, speaking either English and/or Spanish, are wanted to participate in a research project on phonology and speech production conducted by Françoise Brosseau-Lapré, assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

Children will be asked to attend two sessions, each lasting approximately one hour. Children will receive a toy and parents will be paid $10.00 for each session. Children will also receive a free speech, language, and hearing evaluation. For more information, contact the Child Phonology Laboratory (director: Françoise Brosseau-Lapré) at 765-496-0345 or childspeech@purdue.edu.

 

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