Current Studies

Adults at risk for Type 2 Diabetes

The purpose of the study is to look at positive thinking and decision making in adults at risk for Type 2 Diabetes.

MINDD-3 study will begin recruitment in November 2017.

If you have any questions or would like more information,  call 540-739-5101 or email vtmindd@gmail.com.


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) 739-5101 or  vtmindd@gmail.com.

 

Delayed 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: vtsmsmlab@gmail.com 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 westerndiet@gmail.com or fill out our online survey to determine your eligibility.

 

 

The CLAMP Study

Volunteers needed for a study examining proteins in skeletal muscle following an overnight fast and the administration of insulin.

Participants must be:

  • 18-40 yrs of age
  • Not be morbidly obese, have diabetes or cardiovascular disease
  • Sedentary
  • Weight stable (less than 5 lb weight loss/gain in prior 6 months)

The study involves two testing session with a 9 hr time commitment and involves two muscle biopsies, two intravenous catheters for infusion of insulin and glucose, and a test to measure your metabolic rate.

You will receive information on your body composition, diet and physical activity level, and blood glucose and cholesterol.  You will receive $50 for each biopsy, $50 for the insulin and glucose infusion, and another $50 for completing the entire study (up to $200 total).

For more information, please go to the following link: http://www.hnfe.vt.edu/research/hipl/research/CLAMP.html

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