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PROMINENT: Pemafibrate to Reduce cardiovascular OutcoMes by reducing triglycerides IN diabetic patiENTs (Vipin Koshal, DO, FACC)
This study is a Phase 3, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, international trial evaluating the ability of an investigational product to prevent cardiovascular events among adults with type 2 diabetes and high levels of triglycerides with a history of statin therapy. The study is seeking males over the age of 50 and females over the age of 55 who meet study inclusion criteria. The total expected treatment duration is up to five years, with an expected average follow-up period of approximately four years. Qualified volunteers may receive compensation. For more information, please call 740.566.9873 or email CTRU@ohio.edu.

Understanding How Healthy Blood is Conquered by Neisseria gonorrhoeae (Nathan Weyand, PhD)
This study is looking for volunteers to provide blood samples for a research study. The research hopes to gain new information to aid in the future development of drugs or vaccines that prevent gonorrhea. Participants must be between the ages of 18-55, weigh at least 111 pounds and be willing to attend a study visit to provide a blood sample. For more information, please call 740.566.9873 or email CTRU@ohio.edu.

Community-Based Pedagogical Approach for Quality Improvement in Healthcare (Kristin Schuller, PhD)
Have you experienced any problems in the U.S. health care system regarding the cost of services, access to care and/or quality of care provided? We want to hear your story. Please complete the following survey: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1M2TFEweLDYzD2B

This study aims to discover what psychological, physical and financial consequences the U.S. health care system has on a patient’s life with a particular emphasis on access, quality and cost of health care. The study has been approved by Ohio University’s Institutional Review Board, 19-X-112. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Kristin Schuller at schuller@ohio.edu.

Survey for Ohio Older Adults (Taylor Lambertus, Julie Suhr, PhD)
Adults aged 50 or older living in Ohio are needed for an anonymous survey study. Participants will be asked about concerns regarding aging and dementia and about interest in potentially participating in a virtual, educational intervention about healthy aging, dementia and what you can do to prevent dementia. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes. This research study will be conducted through Ohio University. If you have questions, you can call 740.593.1091, or email Taylor Lambertus (tl043419@ohio.edu) or the advisor Julie Suhr (suhr@ohio.edu). Please click the following link to get started: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d5Lp1daDQmoIuvr.

Kids Body Comp Study (Cheryl Howe, PhD)
Do you want to know your child’s bone density, body fat percentage and their health and fitness level? To participate, your child must be 7 to 17 years of age, with no metal implants and not currently or possibly pregnant. They must also be less than 450 pounds and have had no CT, barium or radio-isotope procedure within the past seven days. To participate in all three parts, your child must not have any physical, metabolic, respiratory or neurological impairments that would affect their ability to exercise for three minutes safely. For more information, please contact Dr. Cheryl Howe at howec@ohio.edu or 740.566.7054, or the CTRU at CTRU@ohio.edu or 740.566.9873.

The role of GH/IGF pathway and glucose variability in the non-diabetic patients with obesity (Yuanjie Mao, MD, PhD)
Want to help researchers learn more about obesity? You may qualify if you are 30 to 50 years of age, non-diabetic, not pregnant and are overweight or weigh more than you'd like. For more information, please call 740.566.9873 or email CTRU@ohio.edu.

Understanding Nurse Turnover: The Cyclical Role of Understaffing (Mohsin Sultan, MS, Ryan Johnson, PhD)
Are you currently working full-time in the nursing profession? Ohio University researchers are recruiting full-time nurses to participate in a study about their work and non-work experiences. To participate, you must be 18 years or older, live in the United States, be able to read and write in English and be employed as part of a larger organization (e.g., hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation center) where you regularly work with other nurses (i.e., independent in-home care nurses are not eligible). 

The effect of Staphylococcus aureus toxins on human red blood cells (Ronan Carroll, PhD)
This study is looking for adults age 18 to 55 whose body weight is greater than 111 pounds. For information, please call 740.593.2201 or email carrolr3@ohio.edu.

Women's experience of smoking exposure in pregnancy (Ilana Chertok, PhD)
We want to learn about your experience with smoking exposure during pregnancy. We are looking for healthy pregnant women, aged 18 or older, who are exposed to smoking at home. For more information, please call 740.593.4492 or email chertok@ohio.edu.

Rehabilitation 2.0: Addressing Neuroplasticity in the Musculoskeletal Model (Dustin Grooms, PT, PhD)
Researchers at Ohio University are evaluating how an injury may change brain activity and affect physical performance. Through the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging at different time points after an injury, it will be possible to determine how the brain adapts. This may have a significant impact on the future of rehabilitation therapies. We are seeking individuals with an ACL injury, within six weeks of surgery, between the ages of 16 and 35 who have a desire to return to physical activity. For more information, please call 951.514.1161 or email kneestudy@ohio.edu.

Contribution of Intrinsic Alpha-Motoneuron Excitability to Disuse-Induced Muscle Weakness (Nathan Wages, PhD)
Researchers want to examine the loss of muscle strength associated with immobilization/disuse, as well as measures to counteract the loss of muscle strength. We will be looking for young, healthy individuals to participate in a study in which we will assess your muscle strength and muscular health, as well as a variety of physiological outcomes. If you are 18-35 years of age, willing and capable of arm cast-immobilization for two weeks, and are willing and capable to take part in a series of laboratory-testing sessions that are about three hours each, you could be eligible to participate. For more information, please call 740.593.2247 or email wages@ohio.edu.

Using Yoga to Reduce Chaos and Improve Preschooler Sleep (Emily Guseman, PhD)
This study is looking at preschoolers' bedtime routines. Participants need to not be pregnant at the time of participation, and children must be between the ages of 2 and 5. For more information, please call 740.593.2263 or email HCOMPlay@ohio.edu.

Seasonal Variation in Children's Lifestyle Behaviors during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Emily Guseman, PhD)
Are you the parent/guardian of a child between the ages of 6-17? Ohio University researchers are studying children’s behavior during COVID (IRB # 20-E-322). Please complete and share this short survey: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aftVag4lvCyz2Lk. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Emily Guseman at gusemane@ohio.edu

HITFIT: Feasibility of High Intensity Interval Training in Adolescent Populations with Obesity (Emily Guseman, PhD)
Researchers at Ohio University are studying exercise preferences and performance among teenage boys and girls whose weight is higher than it should be. Children are eligible to participate if they are 14 to 18 years old at the time of enrollment, meet weight criteria, can exercise safely, are not currently participating in an organized sport and are not pregnant. Participation in the study will last six weeks, including assessments at the beginning and end and four weeks of supervised exercise (three times weekly). Participants will be compensated for their time and effort. For more information, please call 740.593.2263 or email HCOMPlay@ohio.edu.

Recruitment Paused

Assessment of toddlers' lifestyle behaviors and related parenting practices (Emily Guseman, PhD)
Researchers want to know how our behaviors and habits influence child growth. This study is seeking to measure how a child’s activity and sleep compare to current recommendations. Participants should be children ages 2-5 years who can walk by themselves, with a primary caregiver between the ages of 18-55. Participants should be willing to attend one study visit with their child and attend one additional visit alone. Compensation will be provided. For more information, please call 740.566.9873 or email CTRU@ohio.edu.

Skeletal Muscle Insulin Signaling in Lean and Obese Individuals (Leslie Consitt, PhD)
This study is looking for sedentary individuals who are between 18 and 50 years of age who wish to participate in a study to examine insulin sensitivity and skeletal muscle metabolism. Participants will be required to visit the laboratory two times (total approximate time commitment is around five hours), undergo a DEXA scan (for body composition) and undergo blood and skeletal muscle analysis. For more information, please call 740.593.2535 or email metabolism@ohio.edu.

METABOLISM STUDY: The Myostatin Signaling Pathway in the Skeletal Muscle of Obese and Type 2 Diabetics (Leslie Consitt, PhD)
This study is currently seeking participants age 18-50 who wish to participate in a study to examine skeletal muscle metabolism. Female participants who are over 170 pounds and male participants over 200 pounds are needed. For more information, please call 740.593.2535 or email METABOLISM@ohio.edu.

The Myostatin Signaling Pathway, Metabolic Flexibility, and Insulin Sensitivity (Leslie Consitt, PhD)
The purpose of this study is to investigate how skeletal muscle affects fat metabolism and insulin resistance in lean and obese individuals between the ages of 18-50 who are sedentary (participate in less than one hour of structured exercise per week). It is important to study fat metabolism and insulin resistance, as these conditions contribute to disease states such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Findings will help the scientific community understand how skeletal muscle functions in humans during obesity and diabetes and provide a basis for further studies in relation to clinical treatments in these conditions. For more information, please call 740.593.2535 or email Metabolism@ohio.edu.

Coming Soon

Investigating Loss of Neuromuscular Junction transmission Fidelity in Older Adults (Brian Clark, PhD)
This study will be looking for men and women 70+ years of age or men and women between the ages of 18 and 30.

Fear, gastrointestinal distress and interoception: Physiological and psychological mechanisms in eating disorders (Jean Forney, PhD)
The Body Image, Weight and Eating Laboratory (B-WEL), directed by Dr. Jean Forney at Ohio University, will be recruiting participants for a three-part study that involves completing a test meal and having blood drawn.

Seasonal variation in physical activity, screen time and sleep behaviors during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Emily Guseman, PhD)
Are you the parent/guardian of a child between the ages of 6-17? Ohio University researchers are studying children’s behavior during COVID.

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Clinical & Translational Research Unit
236 Irvine Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.566.9873 | Fax: 740.566.9874
Email: CTRU@ohio.edu
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