May 3, 2013

Participants needed for study of energy expenditure

Participants are needed for a study of energy expenditure responses to a range of environmental temperatures around the thermal neutral zone. This study would take place at the National Institutes of Health in Bethsda, Md., but screening for participants is taking place at Vanderbilt.

You may be eligible if you are:

  • Male, between the ages of 18 – 35 years
  • Caucasian
  • BMI 30-40 Kg/m2
  • Generally healthy

Exclusion criteria include (but are not limited to):

  • Metal implant that prevents you from being in an MRI scanner
  • Currently a smoker
  • Have thyroid, kidney, liver or cardiovascular disease(s)
  • Have high blood pressure or take anti-hypertensive medications
  • Have diabetes
  • Have had a weight change of  >5 percent in the past six months


Procedures you will be asked to do at Vanderbilt:

  •  History and physical
  •  Electrocardiogram
  •  Blood and urine laboratory screening tests

The purpose of this study is to identify individuals who might be eligible to participate in a study at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. That study will explore changes in energy expenditure when you are exposed to different environmental temperatures and will require you to be able to spend two weeks at the NIH. If you are invited to be in that study, your travel costs will be covered and you will be compensated for your participation.

If you would like to learn more about this study, or think you are interested in participating, please contact Pam Marks-Shulman at 343-8389 or Emily Eckert at 936-2943.