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Nutrition & Metabolic Health Initiative

The Nutrition & Metabolic Health Initiative Texas Tech

Research Studies Currently Recruiting

Texas Tech University Department of Nutritional Sciences is looking for research participants!

Below is a list of research studies currently recruiting research subjects. Various labs are conducting all studies independently. Please contact EACH study individually if you are interested (Note: The TTU Institutional Review Board has approved all studies).


Research study: 16-week Weight Loss Program

Receive $310* PLUS
*total if attended all visits 

- Study is approximately 18 TOTAL weeks including screening 
- One 20-minute telephone eligibility screening
- One 60 min initial in person assessment 
- Three approx. 6.5 hour in-person assessment
- Eight 25-min in-person check in visits
All will learn practical weight loss strategies
Some will receive FDA approved medicine for weight loss

What to expect

- During telephone screen and also the initial in-person assessment we will check for eligibility based on study and safety criteria
- If eligible you will be enrolled in the program; have your weight, body fat, measured throughout the 16-week weight loss treatment
- On 3 occasions (at the start; treatment weeks 5 and 16) you will spend approximately 6.5 hours with us. You will be given breakfast and lunch on site, have blood drawn throughout the visit, fill out questionnaires at various time points. You will also be placed in our large capacity MRI scanner (30 mins) twice during the day, where we will examine how your brain responds to simple tasks.

Men and women between 18-60 years of age, not pregnant or nursing, not smoking within a year, not abusing alcohol may be eligible. Additional assessment for eligibility including MRI Safety Screening will be conducted by telephone and also during an in-person assessment.

Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar and Dr. Martin Binks are the principal investigators of this study.

Find Out More
BMTR Lab Phone: 806.742.5194 
Email: bmtrlab@ttu.edu

This study has been approved by the TTU Institutional Review Board

Research study: Tracking COVID-19 Immunity 

TTU Department of Nutritional Sciences
Receive $375*
*total if all visits completed

Healthy adult men and women at least 18 years of age with or without documented prior infection with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) are needed for a study investigating COVID-19 immunity.

What to expect

The study will run for 12 months and require in-person visits to Texas Tech University every 8-weeks. At these visits, surveys will be done, measurements will be taken (e.g., height, weight, blood pressure), and a nasal swab and blood sample will be collected.

Find out more
Visit: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/ns/research/dch/aegis.php

Contact the Study Team: Call: 806-742-3723 or
Email: DCHlab@ttu.edu
Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar is the principal investigator of this study.

This study has been approved by the WCG Institutional Review Board & the TTU Institutional Review Board

6 weeks study on the effect of potatoes on blood pressure in patients with Type 2 Diabetes

TTU Department of Nutritional Sciences
Earn $200

- Needed persons with Type 2 Diabetes 
- Age 18-65 years
- Willing to learn about the DASH Diet
- Get FREE Body Composition Analysis

What to expect

-Dietary Intake Assessment by 24-hour Food recall
-Nutrition Status Assessment– Height, Weight, Body Composition Analysis, Waist Circumference
-Video cooking demonstrations
-Blood pressure measurements
-Detailed Counseling on DASH Diet
-Only 3 Visits to our clinic

Principal Investigator: Shannon Galyean, PhD, RDN, LD
Contact Details:
Dr. Shannon Galyean, Phone: 806-834-2286, Email: Shannon.Galyean@ttu.edu
Dhanashree Sawant, Graduate Research Assistant, Phone: 469-558-6354
Email us at potatostudyttu@gmail.com
A Potato A Day May Keep Blood Pressure at Bay

This study has been approved by the TTU Institutional Review Board

Free 12-week Weight Loss Program

If you are a woman who is 18 or older and would like to lose weight you may be eligible for our research study. 
You could also receive up to $110 PLUS two free body composition assessments*
*total if all visits are attended

The study lasts a total of 14 weeks with ongoing enrollment 

To be eligible:
• Must have overweight/obesity (BMI > 25)
• Must not have medical reasons that would stop you from participating safely
• Must meet other eligibility criteria

How much time?
• One 10–15-minute eligibility screen by telephone
• Two ~90 minute in-person assessments 
• Twelve weekly ~60-minute group-based lifestyle focused weight loss sessions

Call or email to schedule a brief screening by phone – no obligation
Phone: 806-742-5194 Email: bmtrlab@ttu.edu
(Provide your name, phone number, and the best time to contact you)

TTU Department of Nutritional Sciences: BMTR Lab at NMHI: Dr. Martin Binks Ph.D.
This study has been approved by the TTU Institutional Review Board.





Contact NMHI

Phone: (806) 742-NMHI (6644)