Research

BCNN Studies

Currently Enrolling:

CATS:  The aim of this study is to determine the relationship among the various nutrition status assessment techniques in adults. Participation in this study involves up to 1 session about 3.5 hours long where will measure your height, weight, waist circumference and ask you to complete surveys to understand your diet and physical activity habits. We will also conduct cognitive tests and conduct simple eye tests and a skin test to understand your habitual diet.  Participants receive $40 upon completion. IRB #20404

LiBra: This study examines the relationship among diet, physical health, and cognitive performance in children ages 8 to 13 years.  Participation involves 2 visits to Freer Hall and possibly 3 visits to Beckman Institute.  Measures will include health behaviors such as diet and physical activity, weight status, brain imaging, and a blood draw.  Participants will receive up to $300.  IRB #19811

SHELL Study: This study examines the relationships among dietary intake, retinal health, and cognition in children ages 7-12 years. Participation involves 3 visits to complete paper and pencil tests, an exercise test, a bone density scan, eye tests, and computer-based cognitive tasks. Participants may also qualify to receive daily snacks for 4 weeks and have 3 follow-up visits.  Participants will receive $100 after completion of the first 3 visits and, if eligible to participate, another $100 after the last 3 visits. IRB #18305

SNACKing Study: This study investigates the relationship among diet, gut health, and metabolic health in adults between the ages of 30-60 years.  Participation consists of a 12-week period where participants consume a pre-packaged snack twice per day.  Participants are asked to visit the lab for 3 sessions to complete questionnaires, body composition scans, liver ultrasounds, and blood draws.  Six stool samples will also be collected.  Participants will receive $50 after the first two visits and $250 upon completion. IRB #20154

HAPPIMOMs: Health Assessments Pre and Postpartum Involving Macular pigments, Obesity/Overweight, and Microbiome Study. HAPPIMOMs examines the relationship among aspects of nutrition, gut health, and weight changes during and after pregnancy.  Women in any stage of pregnancy or those who have recently given birth (<12 weeks prior) can participate. Sessions last about 1.5 hours each and include surveys and several non-invasive measurements.  Participants will receive up to $150. IRB #19694

Completed:

BAT Kids: Behavioral Associations with Thinking in Kids is a study for children ages 4-5 years that is investigating the relationship between early life nutrition and thinking ability.

EPOCH: Evidence-based dietary strategies provide behavioral means of mitigating the effects of obesity on physical and cognitive function in adults ages 25-45 years. The EPOCH study aims to investigate effects of a fermented dairy beverage consumption and a lactose-free dairy beverage with added dietary prebiotic fiber on changes in behavioral and biological measures of cognition and stress among obese adults.

Gardening and Family Health Study: This study aims to understand the relationship between gardening and individual and family health.  Two adults between the ages of 18-45 and one child between the ages of 5-17.

Gut-Brain: A cross-sectional study in adults ages 25-44 years aimed at examining the relationship between lifestyle behaviors, gut function, metabolism, and thinking ability.

LUMES: Lutein and Multiple Sclerosis Evaluation Study. LUMES is examining the relationship between macular carotenoids, retinal health, and cognition in people with Multiple Sclerosis in adults ages 45-64 years.

PATH: A 12-week dietary intervention in adults ages 25-45 years aimed at examining the relationships between dietary intake, gut function, metabolism, and thinking ability.

RETLU: This study retrospectively investigates the effects of early life nutrition on brain structure, function, and cognition among current and previous child participants ages 7-12 years.

WITIKids: Water Intervention for Thinking in Kids ages 9-10 years. This study aims to assess the effects of fluid intake reduction on markers of hydration status and cognitive function.

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