Current Studies

Adults at risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Are you or someone you know at risk?

Risk Factors include:

  • Family history of diabetes (parent, sibling)
  • Overweight
  • Inactive Lifestyle
  • Age older than 45
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • History of gestational diabetes
  • PCOS
  • Diet high in sugar and fats

2 visits (approximately 2 hours each) consisting of computer tasks, memory games and questionnaires.

Possible fMRI scan(plus a disc of your brain images!)

Compensation up to $140

Travel Compensation to Roanoke may be provided

*All participation is completely confidential. To learn more about this study, call, text, or email (540) 739-5101 or

Decision making using TMS

This is a research study aiming to assess the effects of transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (TMS) on decision-making and craving in obese individuals.

What is TMS? TMS is a non-invasive procedure involving magnetic pulses to stimulate regions of your brain. TMS is safe and FDA approved. No medication or anesthesia required. TMS is a minimal risk procedure.

If you qualify, participation involves:

  • Transcranial magnetic brain stimulation
  • Computerized assessments
  • MRI Scans
  • Eye-blink Measurements
  • Food Consumption
  • Participation involves 6 sessions
  • Each Session last 1-3 hours
  • Compensation ranges from $30-$320 based on extent of participation
  • This is not a treatment study
  • All information is confidential
  • Travel Compensation to Roanoke may be provided
  • If you qualify, total compensation based on extent of study participation
  • Must be 18-55 years of age
  • Must be eligible for fMRI scanning and brain stimulation
  • Pregnant females will be excluded

*All participation is completely confidential. To learn more about these confidential studies, call, text, or email (540) 315-0205 or


Delay Discounting Research Study

Volunteers needed for a study examining whether delayed discounting (do you want a small reward now or a larger reward later?) is related to health, diet, and physical activity level.

Participants must be:

  • Male or female or all race and ethnicities
  • Between the ages of 18-65
  • Body Mass Index between 22 and 40 kg/m2
  • Are not trying to gain or lose weight
  • Have not gained or lost weight in the past six months
  • Willing to participate in two testing sessions which is about 5 hours of time
  • Willing to have your blood drawn, body fat assessed, an oral glucose tolerance test, fill out questionnaires related to diet and physical activity, and wear a physical activity monitor for 4 days.

You will receive information, related to body composition, diet and physical activity level, and blood glucose and lipids (cholesterol).  The total amount possible for participation is $60.

If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in this research study, please contact the Skeletal Muscle Substrate Metabolism Laboratory at Virginia Tech by email: or by phone 540-739-2522.


How Diet Influences Muscle Metabolism

Volunteers are needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. You will receive extensive health information and may receive up to $400 to compensate you for your time.

Participants must be:

  • Between the ages of 18-40
  • Females must be on monophasic oral contraceptive and not pregnant
  • Not currently taking any medications (other than above)
  • Non-smokers
  • Without any major medical problems
  • Willing to eat a high fat diet for five days

If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating, please email or fill out our online survey to determine your eligibility.