Studies Currently Recruiting Participants in the HMRU

  • Purpose: The study seeks to understand population differences in iron absorption and status.
  • Eligibility: Healthy, non-smoker, non-pregnant, 18-50-year-old Easter Asians and Northern Europeans. 
  • Time Commitment: 2.5 - 4 hours spread over 2 study visits.
  • Study Location: Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Honorarium: $20 cash, genetic ancestry information, breakfast, and a packed lunch.
  • ContactFeGenesCornell@gmail.com or call 607-254-5376

  • Purpose: To understand how ovaries change during the first two years after an adolescent gets their first period.
  • Eligibility: Adolescents who have had their first period (menarche) within the last 11 months
  • Time Commitment: 4 study visits (~90 minutes each) over 1.5 years
  • Study Includes: Belly ultrasound, blood draws, and keeping a menstrual diary
  • Study Location: Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Honorarium: up to $250 cash
  • Lujan Lab Website & Research Flyer
  • Contact: womensimagining@cornell.edu
  • Purpose: To evaluate how follicles develop in the ovaries of overweight women during weight loss, and to explore how changes in body composition, metabolic status, and reproductive hormones influence patterns of ovarian follicle development.
  • We are looking for: Women aged 18-35 with who have a BMI > 30, who are not currently taking hormones (i.e., birth control pills, fertility medications, etc.)
  • Time Commitment: 7-months of 2-4 study visits per week (20 minutes each) including a blood draw and transvaginal ultrasound scan, plus 3-4 longer visits (~2.5 hours) requiring an overnight fast.
  • Study Location: Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Honorarium and Benefit: Complimentary 6-month subscription to Nutrisystem D, Fitbit Device, and $2000 cash honorarium
  • ClinicalTrials.gov ID: NCT01785719
  • Lujan Lab Website
  • Contact: Dr. Marla Lujan womensimaging@cornell.edu 
  • Purpose: We study how your genes and gut microbes influence how you digest different starches. We will be screening participants in phase 1 of this study. If you meet our study criteria during phase 1, we will invite you to participate in phase 2. Phase 2 is a 6-week intervention study during which we will provide you with crackers containing different types of starches. During phase 2, we will need you to donate saliva and stool samples and fill out several questionnaires. Results from this study will contribute to the quest for personalized nutrition. 
  • We are looking for: Healthy men and women, ages 18 years and older 
  • Time Commitment: Phase 1: A 30-minute visit to Poole Lab, a saliva sample, and an online questionnaire; Phase 2: A 6-week dietary intervention study 
  • Study Location: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 
  • Honorarium and Benefit: Phase 1 – A drawing for a $50 gift card; Phase 2 –  $200 upon completion of the study
  • Principal Investigator, Dr. Angela Poole 
  • Poole Lab Website
  • Contact starchstudy@cornell.edu or 607-288-2863
  • Purpose: This study investigates the interactions between your genes, your microbes, and your dietary intake and how these factors affect your health. In particular, we are interested in how these factors differ between individuals with and without type 2 diabetes. This study could help us better understand how type 2 diabetes develops and how we can better treat it using nutrition.
  • We are looking for: Men and women, ages 45 years or over with diagnosed type 2 diabetes or prediabetes
  • Time Commitment: One on-site study visit (approximately 2 hours), and the rest of the study can be completed at home on your own time (approximately 2 hours).
  • Study Location: Ithaca, NY (at Cornell University)
  • Honorarium and Benefit: $100
  • Principal Investigator, Dr. Angela Poole 
  • Poole Lab Website
  • Contact: diabetesstudy@cornell.edu or 607-288-2711