SWITCH Weight Management Trial in Men and Women

Duration: 2 years

Number of sessions: Varies depending on involvement

Location: Eleanor Rathbone Building

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

  • Overweight or Obese
  • Aged 18 – 65
  • Otherwise healthy

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

  • Smoker
  • First year undergraduate
  • Not happy to consume sugar free drinks or water for two years

Study description:

Participants will receive free drinks, a free weight management programme and will be reimbursed for taking part.  Continue reading

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Alcohol, social interaction and comedy perception

Duration: 80 minutes (approximately)

Number of sessions: One

Location:Eleanor Rathbone Building

We are seeking mixed sex pairs of volunteers to take part. If you’re interested you must bring a friend of the opposite sex along with you and share the below information with them.

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

  • Be Aged 18-25.
  • Fluent English speaker.
  • Drink at least 10 units of alcohol per week. For example, there are 10 units of alcohol in three and a half pints of lager OR five 175ml glasses of wine.
  • Provide a breathalyser reading of 0.0mg/l at the beginning of the study
  • Consume a light meal (i.e. not high in fat) approximately 1 hour before the study.

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

  • You have ever received treatment for an alcohol problem (or are currently seeking treatment), or are currently aiming to reduce your drinking.
  • You are taking medication which may be affected by drinking alcohol (e.g. antidepressants, benzodiazepines), this includes cold and flu medicine such as paracetamol.
  • You are currently suffering from or recovering from any illness that may increase your sensitivity to alcohol, e.g. cold, flu.
  • If you are breastfeeding or pregnant.

Study description:

We are seeking mixed-sex (one male, one female) pairs of healthy volunteers to take part in a psychology experiment investigating the effect of alcohol and social interaction on comedy perception and expression. Continue reading

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Alcohol’s effect on memory and taste perception of food

Duration: 100 minutes

Number of sessions: One

Location:Eleanor Rathbone Building

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

  • Are aged 18- 65
  • Fluent English speakers
  • Enjoy consuming cookies
  • Are not vegan or vegetarian
  • 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 memory processes (measured by delayed recall of a word list), and alter taste perception of certain food.  Continue reading

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A study on thoughts about alcohol and alcohol consumption

Duration: 40 minutes

Number of sessions: One

Location:Eleanor Rathbone Building

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

  • Aged 18-50
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Regular social drinker (consuming alcohol on at least one occasion in an average week)
  • Willing to consume beer if offered

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

  • Ever been diagnosed with, or treated for, alcohol use disorders
  • Being pregnant or currently breastfeeding
  • Having colour-blindness

Study description:

We are seeking healthy volunteers to take part in a study that evaluates the effect of thoughts about alcohol on alcohol consumption.  Continue reading

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Visual symmetry and brain activity

Duration: 120 minutes

Number of sessions: One

Location:Eleanor Rathbone Building

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

  • Normal vision or corrected to normal with glasses or contact lenses

Study description:

In the brain recording experiments, you will be presented with patterns on a screen while we record your brain activity via electrodes on the scalp.  Continue reading

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Testing a novel smart-phone app designed to predict alcohol consumption

Duration: 30 min-session 1 / 10min – session 2

Number of sessions: Two

Location:Eleanor Rathbone Building

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

  • Aged 18-50
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Regular social drinker (consuming alcohol on at least one occasion in an average week)

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

  • Ever been diagnosed with, or treated for, alcohol use disorders
  • Being pregnant or currently breastfeeding
  • Having colour-blindness

Study description:

We are seeking healthy volunteers to take part in a study that evaluates a smartphone ‘app’ that assess unconscious cognitive processes and alcohol use.  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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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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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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