About Food, Nutrition, and Metabolism
The choice of what to eat, and how much, can alter the way the entire rest of the body functions. Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are needed to create and repair cells, while carbohydrates, fats, and proteins can be converted into energy (a process known as metabolism). An unhealthy diet could impact energy levels, cause digestive issues, or increase the risk for other diseases. Occasionally, foods can trigger a strong reaction from the immune system, as is the case with food allergies or celiac disease; severe reactions can be life threatening, and often these conditions can force people to alter their diet. Eating disorders, such as bulimia or anorexia, cause damage to the entire body by depriving it of vital nutrients.
The ESSENCE Study
Have you been diagnosed with (by liver biopsy), or are you at high risk of developing (have type 2 diabetes, are obese, and/or have high cholesterol), nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)? You may be able to participate in a study to evaluate an investigational drug for its ability to treat NASH. This study involves 21 visits and up to 9 phone calls over 5 years. Compensation is provided.
All of Us Pennsylvania Research Program
You may be able to change the future of medicine. The All of Us PA Research Program is enrolling adults 18 years of age or older. This may be your chance to improve how your children and your children’s children receive medical care.
Referral to Physical Activity Research Study
Are you aged 40-70, don’t regularly exercise, and have been told by a physician that you have one of the following: overweight/obesity, high blood pressure, and/or prediabetes? You may be able to participate in a study to help you increase your activity levels. This study involves completing a computer-based program with tracking tools and goal setting materials. Compensation is provided.
MyPaTH Story Booth 2.0
Interested in sharing your story about health, illness, or research? Patients and caregivers are needed to participate in a research study to help learn more about topics that are important to you and that may improve health and health care. Participation involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
MyPaTH Story Booth – COVID-19 Stories
Participants are invited to share how they are maintaining their health during the coronavirus pandemic, or to share what it is like being ill with COVID-19 and/or caring for a loved one who is ill with COVID-19. Participation in this research study involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
Hormonal Skin Patch for Women with Anorexia Nervosa
Are you a 19-45 year old woman diagnosed with anorexia nervosa? You may be able to participate in a research study to help find out if a hormonal skin patch can improve bone density in women with anorexia nervosa. Participation involves imaging studies, blood tests, and nutritional analyses. Compensation is provided.
EASY Research Study – Ages 18-24
Are you an 18-24 year old who has recently accessed emergency or crisis services for behavioral health related issues? If so, you may be able to take part in a research study to help better understand how to assess mood, behaviors, and suicide risk in young adults. This study involves four online or phone sessions over about one year. Compensation is provided.