Research Studies at Penn State Seeking Volunteers
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Studies by our lab and others consistently report that serum vitamin D levels are significantly lower among individuals with African American ancestry, controlling for age and other health status indicators. We have also found significant differences in the ratio of 25(OH)D3 and its breakdown product 24,25(OH)2D3 by racial/ethnic group and genetic ancestry, suggesting a slower catabolic rate for vitamin D among African Americans and individuals with West African genetic ancestry. Such differences appear to be consistent with higher bone mineral density and 3-fold lower incidence of fracture among older African Americans. Taken together, this suggests that the definition of a healthy range of vitamin D may be dependent on one's genetic background. The purpose of this study is to determine whether there are different rates of vitamin D metabolism according to genetic ancestry, and genetic differences in vitamin D metabolizing enzymes, the vitamin D receptor, vitamin D binding protein, and vitamin D response elements known to influence expression of vitamin D metabolizing enzymes. Assessment of the temporal changes in vitamin D metabolism according to genetic background has not yet been conducted. Understanding genetic differences in vitamin D metabolism will be key to defining sufficient levels of vitamin D, assessing cancer risk in future studies, and avoiding adverse effects. This study will be conducted at the University Park Campus of Penn State at the Clinical Research Center among healthy African American and European American participants ages 18 to 30. Dr. Wilson is the Principal Investigator. Please contact Phyllis Martin, Nurse Coordinator, with questions about participating (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 814-863-7126). Also, you can determine if you are eligible for this study by going to the following url for the screening and eligibility questionnaire: http://goo.gl/qqql5F
The CARES Lab is looking for 4th and 5th graders and parents who wish to help understand the skills and processes that can buffer against the effects of stress. Interested parents will be asked to fill out an online questionnaire (around 20-minutes long) and provide transportation to and from the Moore Building on Penn State's University Park Campus. Participating students will receive $25 in compensation. Parents will also receive $25.
The Sensory Evaluation Center at Penn State is conducting a study to explore differences among native Spanish-speaking individuals from Central and South America in the way that they perceive various food components called chemesthetic agents, or compounds that produce touch sensations. Examples of these chemesthetic agents are carbonation in soda, tannins in wine, and the cooling of minty gum. We are interested in understanding how differences in language and culture may influence individual taste perception of chemesthetic compounds.
Participation requires 2 visits to Noll Laboratory
Purpose of the study is to investigate the effects of blood pressure medication on changes in skin blood flow caused by high blood pressure.
Researchers at Penn State are conducting a study of adult’s physical activity in their everyday lives. As part of the study you would wear an electronic activity monitor and may use a smartphone to track your activities. These devices would be provided to you to use for study activities while you are enrolled in the study. Participation will require several visits to our campus research office and you will be paid for your time.
Both regularly exercising and sedentary women between the ages of 18-30 years are needed for a research study that assesses bone strength as it is related to energy status and menstrual status.
The Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Addiction (DCNA) Research Laboratory at Penn State University is currently recruiting daily cigarette smokers to participate in a brain imaging research study. Eligible participants will be compensated up to $220 for their participation
The Women’s Health and Exercise Lab in Noll Laboratory is looking for exercising women for a research study investigating the impact of exercise and diet on the menstrual cycle, metabolism, and bone health.
The Smoking Research Lab at Penn State University is currently recruiting cigarette smokers to participate in a paid research study. Earn up to $145 for completing the study.
This study investigates how sentences are processed by people who know two languages. Specifically we seek participants who have learned Spanish as a native language and who know English as a second language. Participants will read sentences in English and Spanish and will name words aloud
We are looking for native spanish speakers that are fluent in English for a study in language comprehension. There will be two sessions and the main task will be reading sentences while neurophysiological activity is recorded. If you want more information regarding the tasks or the procedure to register neurophysiological data, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to inform you. For more information and appointments you can contact Patricia Román: email@example.com
We are looking for native spanish speakers that are fluent in English for a study in language comprehension. There will be two sessions and the main task will be reading sentences while neurophysiological activity is recorded. There will be other computer-based tasks such as picture naming, word reading, or word recall. If you want more information regarding the tasks or the procedure to register neurophysiological data, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to inform you. For more information and appointments you can contact Patricia Román: firstname.lastname@example.org
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