Ongoing Research Projects

Have an ongoing obesity-related project? Advertise IRB approved recruitment materials here or just let us know what you’re doing so we can feature it. Send us the information at obesity@uga.edu.

Recruiting Adults for a study about pecans, health, and vascular function

We want to study how diets with and without pecans impact health markers such as vascular function and blood flow. Qualifying participants must be men and postmenopausal women between the ages 50-64. Individuals must not take blood pressure medications, lipid-lowering medications, thyroid medications, or exercise more than 3 hours per week. Subjects must also not have diabetes or food allergies/intolerances to pecans, gluten, or dairy. Subjects must not habitually eat tree nuts more than twice per week. The study is 4 weeks long and includes 3 study visits, and multiple blood draws. The research study pays up to $210 upon completion of all 3 study visits.
To learn more about the study, please email/call Ms. Elizabeth Cogan at Elizabeth.Cogan@uga.edu or call 651-528-3138. 

Featured Lab: Nutritional and Skeletal Health Lab
Dr. Joseph Kindler, Assistant Professor in the Department of Foods and Nutrition is working on several studies involving obesity.

  • Assessing bone density in youth with pre-diabetes using data from NHANES. Study is ongoing, in collaboration with UGA Stat Center.
  • American Diabetes Association-funded study comparing bone strength between youth with type 2 diabetes vs. youth without type 2 diabetes. This study is being completed at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, with Dr. Kindler leading the team remotely.
  • Obesity Initiative grant (PI = Kindler) focused on the role of visceral fat in sub-clinical cardiovascular complications in youth with obesity and type 2 diabetes. Study is ongoing, and Dr. Kindler received funds from OI for this secondary data analysis.

Recruiting Adults for a study about anticipatory responses to various mouth rinses and factors that influence those responses

We want to study how weight, psychological state, taste preference and genetics influence the body’s response to sweet taste and energy containing mouth rinses. Qualifying participants must be healthy adults between the ages of 18-45 with either normal or plus size builds. Individuals must not take anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication, or have diabetes. Subjects must also not have any food allergies/intolerances to gluten, dairy or meat. The research pays $65 upon completion of all visits including 4 study visits.

To learn more about the study, please email/call Ms. Elizabeth Cogan at Elizabeth.Cogan@uga.edu or call 651-528-3138.  

Recruiting Adults for a study about Oils, Health and Cholesterol 

We want to study how diets with olive oil and cottonseed oil affects health markers such as cholesterol. Qualifying participants must be men and postmenopausal women between the ages of 30-64 with high cholesterol. Individuals must not take cholesterol-lowering medications, thyroid medications, or exercise more than 3 hours per week. Subjects must also not have diabetes or food allergies/intolerances to gluten, dairy or meat. The research study pays $175 upon completion of all visits including 4 study visits.

To learn more about the study, please email/call Ms. M. Catherine Prater at  Mary.Prater@uga.edu or call 503-956-5286.

Recruiting Adults for a study about Pecans, Health and Cholesterol

We want to study how diets with and without pecans impacts health markers such as cholesterol. Qualifying participants must be men and women between ages 30-75 with a bigger build (plus size) or anyone with high cholesterol. Individuals must not take cholesterol-lowering medications, thyroid medications, or exercise more than 3 hours per week. Subjects must also not have diabetes or food allergies/intolerances to pecans, gluten, dairy or meat. Subjects must not habitually eat tree nuts more than twice per week. The research study pays between $70-$145 upon completion of all 4 study visits.

To learn more about the study, please email/call Ms. Liana Rodrigues at Liana.Rodrigues@uga.edu or call 423-596-7708.