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Extent and Duration of Changes in 24-h Energy Expenditure Following a 45-Minute Bout of Vigorous Exercise by Female Adults in a Metabolic Chamber Under Eucaloric Conditions

Appalachian State University (ASU), Human Performance Laboratory at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC), 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC; 704-250-5351

What is the purpose of this research?
Your resting metabolic rate or metabolism is defined as the calories you burn each day to keep alive during sleep and seated rest. The purpose of this research project is to measure the effect of a 45-minute bout of vigorous exercise on your metabolism over a 24-h period when your caloric intake is matched to expenditure. The goals for this study will be accomplished by having you stay in a specially equipped, small hotel-like room (called a metabolic chamber) for two separate days (one rest day, one exercise day). The information gained from this study will help you better understand how many calories you expend each day with or without exercise.

Why am I being invited to take part in this research?
You will be one of 12 to 15 subjects in this study at the ASU-NCRC Human Performance Lab in Kannapolis, NC. You must be a healthy, non-smoking, non-obese female, 18-45 years of age, and a non-athlete but still capable of exercising on a treadmill for 45 minutes.

What will I be asked to do?
You will need to come to the ASU-NCRC-Human Performance Lab for orientation/baseline testing and then 2 other lab visits (1 to 2 weeks apart) that will include staying in a metabolic chamber (small room with facilities) for 24 hours each time. You will follow a set schedule of eating, resting, and sleeping during your 24 hour sessions in the metabolic chamber, with one of the sessions including a 45-minute vigorous treadmill exercise bout. The metabolic chamber calculates energy expenditure by measuring all of the oxygen you consume and the carbon dioxide you produce. The room is designed with a treadmill, bed, bathroom, special airlock chamber for passing through foods, and entertainment options so that measurements can be made without interruption during meals, sleep, and light activities. Advanced sensors and computer software permits extremely accurate determination of energy expended. When you are in the metabolic chamber, research staff (rotating shifts) will continuously monitor and supervise all activities and protocols while sitting in an adjoining room or by monitoring a web camera.

Will I be paid for taking part in the research?
We will pay you $500 for the time you volunteer while being in this study.

How do I sign up for the study or obtain more information?
Please send an email message to

Appalachian State University (ASU), Human Performance Laboratory at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC), 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC; 704-250-5351;

What is the purpose of this research?

Your resting metabolic rate or metabolism is defined as the calories you burn each day to keep alive during sleep and seated rest.  The purpose of this research project is to measure the effect of a 45-minute bout of vigorous exercise on your metabolism over a 24-h period when your caloric intake is matched to expenditure.  The goals for this study will be accomplished by having you stay in a specially equipped, small hotel-like room (called a metabolic chamber) for two separate days (one rest day, one exercise day).  The information gained from this study will help you better understand how many calories you expend each day with or without exercise.

Why am I being invited to take part in this research?

You will be one of 12 to 15 subjects in this study at the ASU-NCRC Human Performance Lab in Kannapolis, NC.  You must be a healthy, non-smoking, non-obese female, 18-45 years of age, and a non-athlete but still capable of exercising on a treadmill for 45 minutes.

What will I be asked to do?

You will need to come to the ASU-NCRC-Human Performance Lab for orientation/baseline testing and then 2 other lab visits (1 to 2 weeks apart) that will include staying in a metabolic chamber (small room with facilities) for 24 hours each time.  You will follow a set schedule of eating, resting, and sleeping during your 24 hour sessions in the metabolic chamber, with one of the sessions including a 45-minute vigorous treadmill exercise bout.  The metabolic chamber calculates energy expenditure by measuring all of the oxygen you consume and the carbon dioxide you produce.  The room is designed with a treadmill, bed, bathroom, special airlock chamber for passing through foods, and entertainment options so that measurements can be made without interruption during meals, sleep, and light activities.  Advanced sensors and computer software permits extremely accurate determination of energy expended. When you are in the metabolic chamber, research staff (rotating shifts) will continuously monitor and supervise all activities and protocols while sitting in an adjoining room or by monitoring a web camera.

Will I be paid for taking part in the research?

We will pay you $500 for the time you volunteer while being in this study.

How do I sign up for the study or obtain more information?

Please send an email message to ASU-NCRC@appstate.edu, or call 704-250-5352.

Influence of pea protein supplementation on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage

Principal Investigator: David C. Nieman, Human Performance Laboratory at the North Carolina Research Campus, Appalachian State University, Health and Exercise Science.

What is the purpose of this research?
Increases in muscle strength and size after weight training are greatest when protein is consumed right after the exercise bout is completed. The most effective type of protein is still being debated, but most supplement products use whey protein from milk because of the high amount of branched chain amino acids that exhausted muscles prefer to use. Whey protein supplements taken after weight lifting may also enhance recovery and lessen muscle damage and soreness, but more research in this area is needed. NUTRALYS® pea protein (ROQUETTE, Lestrem, France) is a vegetable protein isolate from the yellow pea that contains the essential branched chain amino acids, albeit at lower levels (22% less) compared to whey protein supplements. However, the amount of branched chain acids in pea protein may be sufficient to enhance recovery and lessen muscle damage and soreness when compared to whey protein, and would provide individuals who weight train with an alternative protein source. The purpose of this study is to determine if supplementation with NUTRALYS pea protein isolate compared to whey protein and apple juice (carbohydrate, non-protein control) before, during, and after a 90-minute bout of eccentric exercise can attenuate exercise-induced muscle damage, inflammation, and delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS), and speed recovery of muscle function.

Why am I being invited to take part in this research?
Right now 35 men ages 18 -55 are needed for this study at the ASU-NCRC Human Performance Lab in Kannapolis, NC. You are invited to take part in this research if you are a healthy, non-obese male or female that is not lifting weights more than three times per week.

What will I be asked to do?
The research procedures will be conducted at the Human Performance Laboratory (Room 1201, Plants for Human Health Institute Building, 600 Laureate Way), operated by Appalachian State University at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC. You will need to come here for orientation/baseline testing just before the study begins, and then 5 other lab visits during a one-week period on a Monday, with short morning visits Tuesday through Friday. At each of the 5 lab visits, you will come to the lab at 7:00 am (rested, overnight fasted), and provide a blood sample. The Monday session will include 4 muscle performance tests and a 90-minute eccentric exercise bout, and take about 2.5 hours (7:00 to 9:30 am). The Tuesday through Friday sessions will take about 30-45 minutes each, and you will provide a blood sample and take 4 muscle performance tests. The total amount of time you will be asked to volunteer for this study is about 7 hours at the Human Performance Laboratory.

Will I be paid for taking part in the research?
We will pay you $500 for the time you volunteer while being in this study.

How do I sign up for the study or obtain more information?
Please send an email message to ASU-NCRC@appstate.edu, or call 704-250-5352.

Choline Status Study

Study Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine which biomarkers in the blood most accurately reflect choline status. Choline is an important nutrient in human diet.

What participants will do: To do this, volunteer subjects will be placed on a low choline diet for two weeks, followed by a two week washout, and then another two weeks on a diet containing adequate choline levels. We will provide all your meals for the 4 weeks (28 days) spent on the low choline and adequate choline diets, and you must not eat or drink any other foods during those weeks. We will take blood and urine samples at various times throughout the study to examine various markers and determine how they are changed by dietary choline levels.

Recruiting: Healthy males and females between ages of 17-70 years of age.
To participate your weight must be between 132-177 lbs.

Compensation: Eligible participants will be compensated for their time and payments will be reported to the IRS as income unless you choose to participate without compensation. The amount is $750 for completing the study
Get started today! Call 704-250-5035/5062 or email us at hrc_studies@unc.edu

Diet and the Gut Microbiome Study

Study Purpose: The purpose of this study is to identify individual differences in metabolite production after the intake of specific foods, which provide important nutrients for the body.

What participants will do: Study activities will occur over 4 days. Volunteer subjects will consume a standard diet for the first two days of the study. It is important that participants only eat foods provided by the study for these two days. On the first study day, participants will come to the Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) to receive their study materials, complete study surveys, and provide a saliva sample. We estimate that this visit will take about two hours. Participants will complete study activities in their home for the remainder of day one and day two. On the third study day, participants will consume dietary supplements in the morning along with a standard diet for the day, and collect all urine over the following 24-hours. On day four of the study, participants will return their urine samples to the NRI. Participants will also provide a stool sample.

Recruiting: Healthy males and females between ages of 18-70 years of age. Exclusions: No smoking, known food allergies, history of chronic medical illness, antibiotic use in last three months

Compensation: Eligible participants will be compensated for their time. The amount is $200 for completing the study.

Get started today! Call 704-250-5044 or email us at gutmicrobiome@unc.edu

Project Baseline

Project Baseline is a long-term quest to map human health.  The Project Baseline study, launched in 2017, is the first initiative of Project Baseline and is a collaboration among teams at Verily, Duke University School of Medicine, Stanford Medicine, and Google.

Compensation: Offered throughout the study, which will follow participants for at least four years.

Interested in enrolling? To learn more and consider joining this exciting endeavor, visit www.projectbaseline.com or call 855-5-BASELINE (855-522-7354).

How long will the Project Baseline study last? How many people will enroll?

The Project Baseline study is an observational study that will collect, organize, and analyze broad health data from approximately 10,000 participants over the course of at least four years.

Who can participate in the Project Baseline study?

Participants must be at least 18 years old, residents of the United States, able to speak and read English or Spanish, and not severely allergic to nickel or metal jewelry.

What is the Project Baseline study trying to find out?

The study is designed to develop a well-defined reference, or “baseline,” of good health, as well as a rich data platform that may be used to better understand the transition from health to disease. Participants will join together with a team of experts from across academia, medicine, science, technology, engineering, and design to better understand how health can change over time. Participants will be asked to visit a study site up to four times yearly, test new technologies and wearable devices daily, and participate in interactive surveys and diaries by using a smartphone, computer, or call center. Data collected will include clinical, imaging, self-reported, physical, environmental, behavioral, sensor, molecular, genetic, and other health-related measurements. Biospecimens collected will include blood and saliva, among others.

Want to know more? Visit www.projectbaseline.com

Fatty Liver Study

Study Purpose: To evaluate a new painless/non-invasive technique to study fatty liver disease.
Recruiting: 18 – 70 year olds with fatty liver disease.
What You’ll Do: Participants will volunteer for 2 days. Two non-invasive tests will be conducted to evaluate a known diagnosis of fatty liver disease. Each visit will take approximately 1 – 2 hours.
Eligible participants will receive $75 upon completion of each visit.
Call 704-250-5035 or email tondra_blevins@unc.edu.

Maternal and Child Health Study  

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute seeks to determine the effect of pregnancy complications in African American mothers on the disease risk of their children. Examples of pregnancy complications include high blood sugar, high blood pressure and preeclampsia.

Recruiting:

  • African American mothers
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • With two or more children between ages 5-10
  • Mothers may or may not have had pregnancy complications

Volunteers will stay 1 to 2 hours to fill out questionnaires and provide blood, saliva and urine samples. See Details

 

 

 

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