Search within:

Current Projects

The following studies are open for enrollment.

Please click on the links provided or contact the CTRU for more information.

Get Involved

Actively Recruiting

Assessment of Cortical Bone Mechanics Technology (CBMT) Fracture Discrimination Capability (Brian Clark, PhD)
Help enhance understanding of bone health. A new technology may provide an improved diagnosis of osteoporosis. Seeking participants for the Stronger study. Are you a post-menopausal woman between the ages of 55-80? Have you experienced an arm or leg fracture after the age of 55? Participation is one study visit. For information, please call 740.566.9873 or email

Skeletal Muscle Insulin Signaling in Young and Aged Individuals (Leslie Consitt, PhD)
We are looking for individuals to participate in a study to examine the effects of age on skeletal muscle metabolism. We are looking for healthy (non-diabetic) individuals, age 18-35 years or greater than 59 years, and sedentary individuals (exercise < than 1 hour/week). For information, please call 740.593.2535 or email

Taste, Psychological and Physiological Responses to Food Intake Associated with Disordered Eating (Jean Forney, PhD)
Researchers at Ohio University are recruiting women with body image concerns who take measures to control their weight for a three part, in-person research study. Compensation is provided. To see if you are eligible, complete the screen at Ohio University IRB #21-F-14.

Application of time restriction feeding in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (Yuanjie Mao, MD)
Do you have uncontrolled type 2 diabetes? Can making changes to eating times help? Researchers at OhioHealth and Ohio University want to learn more about the effects of this approach in patients with type 2 diabetes. You may be eligible if you meet the following criteria: currently an OhioHealth patient between the ages of 18 and 65, diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, A1C of 8.0 or higher in the last three months, no recent low blood sugar episodes and not be pregnant or breastfeeding. Eligible participants may receive up to $60 in compensation. For information, please call 740.566.9873 or email

Beating COVID with Activity and Resilience (BEAR study) (Emily Guseman, PhD)
Dr. Emily Guseman and her study team are looking at the impacts of the pandemic on the physical and mental health of children. Recruiting children age 8-14 and their parents. To qualify, parent and child must attend five campus visits over one year, and participants must be nonsmokers. Compensation is available. For information, please call 740.566.9873 or email

Impact of Tart Cherry Supplementation on Metabolic Syndrome (Angela Hillman, PhD)
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of tart cherry ingestion on metabolic syndrome. To participate, you have to have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome by a physician or meet the diagnostic criteria, be aged 35-60, be a non-smoker and have no major organ system impairment. Also, you cannot be currently taking medication for glucose or lipid control or using anti-inflammatory medications and have not used corticosteroids in the last two months and not be allergic to cherries or food coloring. To take a prescreen, visit For any questions, please contact Dr. Hillman at or 740.593.0153.

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

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:

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

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

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

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

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

Recruitment Paused

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 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

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

Coming Soon

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.

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.

Contact Us

Clinical & Translational Research Unit
230 Irvine Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.566.9873 | Fax: 740.566.9874
Facebook: @OhioUniversityCTRU