Mood, food and taste study (Men needed)

Duration: 30-40 minutes per session

Number of sessionsFour (2 sessions on 2 days)

Location:Eleanor Rathbone Building

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

  • 18-60
  • Male
  • English is your first language

You cannot take part if any of the below is true:

  • You are allergic or intolerant to any foods
  • You have a history of eating disorders

Study description:

We are recruiting participants for a research study which will involve two short visits to the University of Liverpool campus, Eleanor Rathbone building. Continue reading

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Mood Stability study

Duration: 30 minutes

Number of sessions: Three

Location: Eleanor Rathbone Building

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

  • Age 18-65.
  • BMI of between 22.5 and 32.5
  • Willing to consume chicken curry, millionaire shortbread, and flapjacks as part of the study.
  • No food allergies, intolerances, or history of eating disorders.

Study description:

We are looking for participants to take part in a study which aims to investigate mood stability before and after consuming a meal.  Continue reading

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How Hunger affects Food and Beverage Choice

Duration: 30 minutes

Number of sessions: One

Location: Eleanor Rathbone Building

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

You cannot take part if any of the below is true:

  • Medication that affects appetite
  • Not fluent in English

Study description:

We are looking for participants to take part in a study which aims to explore the relationship between hunger levels and food choice.  Continue reading

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The Long-Term Effects of Modafinil use on Cerebral Oxygenation and Cognition.

Duration: 60 minutes

Number of sessions: One

Location: Tom Reilly Building (LJMU)

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

You are eligible to take part if you are an adult aged 18 to 40 and have used modafinil at least once a month in the previous six months. Please note, if you have never used modafinil, but still wish to participate, then you are also welcome to take part.

You cannot take part if any of the below is true:

  • You are in receipt of modafinil or methylphenidate for medical purposes
  • You use modafinil but not consistently enough to be considered a long-term user
  • You have a current or past diagnosis of a psychiatric or anxiety disorder
  • You are pregnant
  • You have a diagnosis of a seizure disorder or high blood pressure
  • In the last 24 hours you have used: alcohol, caffeine pills, anti-histamines, amphetamine, dexamphetamine (Adderall), illegal psychostimulants, pharmaceutical sedatives, illegal sedatives, or painkillers.

Study description:

The study investigates the effects of use of modafinil on cognition and cerebral bloody flowcognitive performance when compared to non-users.
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Mood, food and taste study (running Feb 2017 onwards)

Duration: 30-40 minutes per session

Number of sessions: Two

Location:Eleanor Rathbone Building

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

  • 18-60
  • Female
  • English is your first language

You cannot take part if any of the below is true:

  • You are allergic or intolerant to any foods
  • You have a history of eating disorders

Study description:

We are recruiting participants for a research study which will involve two short visits to the University of Liverpool campus, Eleanor Rathbone building. Continue reading

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Body Mass Index (BMI) differences in the perception of advertisement campaigns: healthy eating and anti-obesity

Duration: >10 minutes

Number of sessions: One

Location: Eleanor Rathbone Building

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

  • Overweight or obese
  • Age 18 or over

You cannot take part if any of the below is true:

  • Wear glasses (contact lenses not included)

Study description:

The study will first require participants to have their BMI calculated, before being placed in front of an eye tracking machine.  Continue reading

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Personality, mood and taste perception

Duration: 40 minutes

Number of sessions: One

Location:Eleanor Rathbone Building

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

  • Female
  • Aged 18-30
  • No history of food allergies

Study description:

The study will require you to taste a food item and complete some short questionnaires.  Continue reading

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Healthy volunteer study – Reimbursement available

The University of Liverpool and Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Drug Safety Science (CDSS) are currently recruiting healthy volunteers to take part in a research study.

Volunteers will be asked to donate 18mls of blood which will be used for analysis of DNA and plasma. This will be used to establish a database to help identify healthy individuals who may be suitable to take part in phase I clinical trials. We will pay £20 for your travel expenses and your time.

You must be:

  • Aged between 18 years and 45 years
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18.0 kg/m2 and 32.0 kg/m2
  • Willing to donate a blood sample for DNA and other analyses
  • In general good health
  • Happy to be re-contacted in the future for further clinical trials/healthy volunteer studies/confirm contact details
  • Registered with a GP in the UK

In addition, you must not:

  • Have a history of alcohol dependence or drug/chemical misuse
  • Have been taking any medication for more than 7 days prior to the day of screening (excluding oral contraceptive pill, hormone replacement therapy)
  • Have a history of allergy to multiple medications

If you meet all the criteria above, please contact a FUTURE Initiative team representative on 0151 795 5388 or by email at future.initiative@rlbuht.nhs.uk.

If you would like further information on this study, please visit the FUTURE Initiative website.

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Cognitive reactivity to food cues using fMRI

Duration: no longer than 2 hours

Number of sessions: 2 (one 10 minute, one 2 hour)

Location: MARIARC

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

  • Female
  • 18-35
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Must like chocolate
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9 (i.e. overweight)

You cannot take part if any of the below is true:

  • Any metal in the body, head, or eyes that cannot be removed, such as a cardiac pacemaker, brain clip, shrapnel, metal filings etc.  You will be thoroughly screened for your safety.
  • A history of serious head injury or brain surgery.
  • A history of neurological disease, psychiatric illness, or any anxiety disorder (such as post-traumatic stress disorder or claustrophobia).
  • Pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breast feeding.
  • Unable to see properly without glasses (some metal framed glasses cannot be taken into the scanner room).
  • You do not consent to providing us with your GP’s contact details.
  • Have had a previous or current diagnosis of an eating disorder
  • Have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • You have a nut allergy

Study description:

We are looking for healthy-overweight female volunteers to participate in a study investigating cognitive reactivity to food cues using fMRI.
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Alcohol’s effect on reaction time towards and taste perception of food

Duration: 80 minutes per session

Number of sessions: Two

Location:Eleanor Rathbone Building

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

  • Aged 18-65
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Enjoy consuming cookies and Tortilla Chips
  • Have normal or corrected to normal vision with contact lenses but not glasses
  • Are regular alcohol drinkers. You should only participate if you a) drink alcohol at least once per week and drink at least 10 alcohol units per week. For example, there are 10 units of alcohol in three and a half pints of lager OR five 175ml glasses of wine. This inclusion is to help ensure you do not feel ill if you are given alcohol to drink during the experiment
  • Provide an alcohol breathalyser reading of 0.0 mg/l. As you may be given alcohol during the experiment, we will ask you to provide a breathalyser reading before starting the experiment
  • Are able to consume a light meal (i.e. not high in fat) approx. 1 hour before each session

You cannot take part if any of the below is true:

  • Have ever received treatment for an alcohol problem, or if you are currently seeking such treatment or trying to cut down how much alcohol you drink
  • If you currently or have previously had an eating disorder
  • Currently taking any medication which may be affected by drinking alcohol (e.g., antidepressants, benzodiazepine), this includes cold and flu medicine, such as paracetamol
  • Currently suffering from or recovering from any illness that may increase your sensitivity to alcohol, e.g. cold, flu
  • FEMALES: Breastfeeding or pregnant. As the experiment may involve giving alcohol to drink, if you are pregnant or there is any possibility of you being pregnant or you have had unprotected sexual intercourse since your last period you will NOT be eligible to take part in this study
  • Be taking any medication that may influence appetite, with the exception of oral contraceptives
  • Have any food allergies or intolerances

Study description:

This study is investigating how varying alcohol dosage can affect both reaction time towards food stimuli as well as how alcohol dosage can alter the taste perception of certain foods.  Continue reading

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