Studies Recruiting Participants

CholKids (The Cornell Maternal Choline & Child Cognition Study) is a long-term follow up study exploring the effects of increased maternal choline intake during pregnancy and the early post-partum period on child cognition, temperament, and stress reactivity at age seven.

  • Purpose: The purpose of the proposed research is to characterize age-related metabolic dysfunction in human female skeletal muscle. This study will allow us to not only further understand the potential causes underlying observed changes in aging female skeletal muscle metabolism, but it will also provide evidence to develop better therapies to improve the overall quality of life for older women.
  • Time Commitment: 2 visits to the lab (Cornell Campus), the visits are 1-1.5hrs
  • Eligibility: Healthy adults ages 65-80 able to travel to Cornell campus who are okay with having their blood drawn and having a muscle biopsy
  • Compensation: $150

Contact: musclelab-dns@cornell.edu, 607-254-6403

Website: thalacker-mercerlab.com 

  • Purpose: This study investigates how aspects of metabolism, lifestyle, and age influence ovarian function, as well as how hormones differ in women with distinct patterns of follicle populations.
  • We are looking for: Women, ages 18 - 45 years, with a previous diagnosis of PCOS, who are not currently taking hormones (i.e., birth control pills, fertility medications, etc.)
  • Time Commitment: 3.5 - 4 hours spread over 3 study visits, 7 days off site (to wear a device that measures physical activity).
  • Study Location: Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Honorarium: $100
  • ClinicalTrials.gov ID: NCT01927471

For more information, please email Professor Marla Lujan at: womensimaging@cornell.edu

  • Purpose: This study investigates ultrasound technology and aspects of age and adiposity influence ovarian morphology.
  • We are looking for: Women, ages 18 - 45 years, with a previous diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), who are not currently taking hormones (i.e., birth control pills, fertility medications, etc.)
  • Time Commitment: 45-60 minutes
  • Study Locations: University of Rochester & Strong Fertility (Rochester, NY)
  • Honorarium and Benefit: $25

For more information, please email Professor Marla Lujan at: womensimaging@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
  • For more information, please email Professor Marla Lujan at: womensimaging@cornell.edu
  • Purpose: To compare how follicles develop in the ovaries of women that have regular menstrual cycles and those that have irregular/absent menstrual cycles, and to explore how body composition, metabolic status, and reproductive hormones are related to patterns of follicle development.
  • We are looking for: Women aged 18-35 with regular menstrual cycles who have a BMI < 25, who are not currently taking hormones (i.e., birth control pills, fertility medications, etc.)
  • Time Commitment: 4-6 weeks
  • Study Location: Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Honorarium and Benefit: $300
  • ClinicalTrials.gov ID: NCT01927432
  • For more information, please email Professor Marla Lujan at:
    womensimaging@cornell.edu
  • Purpose: The study investigates whether ultrasound features of the ovaries can be used to reliably diagnose different types of anovulatory disorders in women across all body types. The study will also try to establish whether ultrasound features of the ovary can reflect the degree of reproductive and metabolic problems that a woman with irregular or absent periods might be experiencing.
  • We are looking for: Women, ages 18-45 years with regular menstrual cycles, irregular menstrual cycles, or a previous diagnosis of PCOS
  • Time Commitment: 3.5 - 4 hours spread over 4 on-site study visits, 7 days off-site (to wear a device that measures physical activity).
  • Study Locations: New York City, NY
  • Honorarium and Benefit: $125
  • ClinicalTrials.gov ID: NCT03306849
  • For more information, please email Professor Marla Lujan at:
    womensimaging@cornell.edu

For more information, please email Professor Marla Lujan at:
womensimaging@cornell.edu