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Current Studies Seeking Volunteers

Researchers are seeking UNC students age 18 to 24 who have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes to complete a brief survey on self-care strategies.

The goal of this study is to examine how perceived stress and coping skills impact self-management behaviors among undergraduates with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Many undergraduates are away from home and do not have the same routines, social support, or family support. Such psychosocial factors are related to improved adjustment to university life and the adoption of healthy lifestyles. Few studies have explored these factors related to Type 1 Diabetes in undergraduates. Undergraduate students will be recruited in Wyoming and Northern Colorado. Participants will complete an online survey (approximately 15-30 minutes) about their stress, coping skills, and diabetes self-care activities.

  • Jeffrey Rings,
  • Department of Counseling
  • July 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015
  • Participant Requirements: Participants must be UNC students, 18 to 24 years old, and self-identify as having a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.
  • Time Commitment and Other Information about Research Participation: Upon completion of the survey (15-30 minutes), participants will be directed to a webpage separate from the survey. This webpage will ask participants to provide a preferred email address for the chance to receive a $20 electronic Amazon gift card. Participants will be assured in the consent form and on this webpage that their email address will be used only to provide compensation (i.e., participant email addresses will not be associated with the data they provide and will not be extracted into the secure database for data analysis). Also on this final webpage, participants may indicate if they would like to be considered for future online research studies..

Interested in FREE Exercise training? Researchers are seeking participants (who don't currently exercise) and have NOT had cancer between the ages of 40-75.

We are evaluating the effects of aerobic and cognitive training on Chemotherapy Induced Cognitive Impairment (CRCI), which is often called “chemo brain” or “chemo fog,” and how exercise and/or cognitive training may minimize the effects of treatment on cancer survivors' quality of life. We need a comparative group of individuals who have not had cancer. Participants will receive an initial and post exercise assessment and then will be randomly selected for an exercise or flexibility training regimen. Additionally, we obtain comprehensive cognitive assessments prior to the initial assessment and following the 12-week exercise intervention program.

  • Brent Peterson,
  • School of Sport and Exercise Science
  • June 15th, 2014- Ongoing
  • Participant Requirements: Age: 40-75 Gender: Males or Females Who won't qualify for this study: • Any Psychiatric diagnosis or neurological disease • Any Past or present alcohol or substance abuse • Significant mobility trouble • Non corrected visual or auditory difficulty • Any software based cognitive training in past 6 months • NeuroActive • Posit Science • Brain fitness program • Mindfit • Lumosity • My Brain Trainer • Aerobic Activity • Walking or Running more than 2x a week for past 8 weeks
  • Time Commitment and Other Information about Research Participation: The time commitment is 3 times a week for up to an hour each session. The total study is composed of 36 sessions or 12-weeks in total time.

Recruitment for Treadmill Validation Study

We are validating a new treadmill protocol designed for the cancer population. Treadmill protocols for the apparently healthy population are not appropriate for cancer survivors, due to treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Therefore, we have created the first cancer-specific treadmill protocol and need a comparative control group of individuals who have not had cancer or cancer treatment. Participants will perform one treadmill protocol per week for 3 consecutive weeks. One of these treadmill protocols will utilize a metabolic cart which yields the most accurate measurement of aerobic fitness (a $150 value).

  • Dan Shackelford,
  • School of Sport and Exercise Science
  • January 12, 2015-March 27, 2015
  • Participant Requirements: 1.) No history of cancer or cancer treatments 2.) Ages 34-81 3.)  Males or females 4.) Must be physically active for at least 180 minutes per week (equivalent of three days for one hour) 5.) Must be able to walk on a treadmill 6.) A mask measuring respiration must be worn during one protocol 7.) No history of congestive heart failure, stroke, chronic respiratory difficulties, severe hypertension, or ambulatory issues
  • Time Commitment and Other Information about Research Participation: The time commitment is will consist of the completion of one treadmill protocol per week over the course of three consecutive weeks. We estimate that the average session will be 30 minutes. After the completion of the study, we will calculate your true VO2max (which is the gold standard measurement of aerobic fitness). (A $150 value!)