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Calls for volunteers for research studies

Wednesday 28 November 2012

A number of research studies are taking place at Queen Mary which are looking for volunteers to help them.


Want to quit smoking?

Barts and The London School of Medicine is testing several new methods to help smokers quit, in addition to our standard smoking cessation clinics.  Students, staff, friends and relatives are invited to contact Becky Anderson on 0207 882 3496 or email rebecca.anderson@qmul.ac.uk for more information.


Over 21 and have Type 2 Diabetes?

The North East London Diabetes Local Research Network (NELDLRN) based at Barts Health NHS Trust are looking for people with type 2 diabetes who want to lose weight and to control their blood sugar levels to participate in an Almased meal replacement study. Almased is a meal replacement mix made from soy, skim milk yogurt powder and honey.

The objective of the ALMASED Multicenter Diabetes Intervention Trial (AMDIT) as a five country randomized control trial is the evaluation of glycolic control and metabolic effects and effectiveness of Almased in patients with type 2 diabetes in different countries and ethnicities

The volunteer will have to take Almased replacing one of the meals of the day and daily exercise (walking for 30 minutes daily morning and evening); participant will be seen every two months for a period of 12 months at the CRC, Royal London Hospital.

Participants must be between 21 and 80 years old, have a BMI (body mass index) of 25-45 and HbA1c 7.5 -10 mol (glycosylated haemoglobin). They must not be using insulin for their treatment or have any heart problems. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

For more information, to volunteer to take part or to suggest someone who might be suitable, please contact Hassina Furreed, Diabetes Research Nurse, NELDLRN, on 020 7882 8760 or Hassina.Furreed@bartshealth.nhs.uk by 31 January 2013.


A study into gut health

Queen Mary, led by Dr Mark Scott, Centre for Digestive Diseases, Neurogastroenterology Group, has an established academic collaboration with King’s College London, examining the effects of fibre foods and fluids on gut health. Within a broad research programme, complementary studies are carried out at both sites, utilising expertise in the assessment of gastrointestinal function and luminal microbiology.

Volunteers are required for a research study conducted by Queen Mary and King’s to investigate the effect of different dietary interventions on gut health. Research suggests that populations with a healthy stool weight and gut transit time (the time it takes for a food to pass though the gut) have a reduced risk of bowel disorders. Fibre and fluids may help to maintain regular bowel habits. The bacteria in the bowel also contribute to normal bowel function and may be affected by diet. Therefore the use of dietary intervention has much promise for improving bowel function and helping to prevent bowel disorders.

You may be eligible for the study if you:

  • are aged between 18 to 65 years.
  • have a stool frequency (bowel movement) of 3-6 times per week.

You may not be eligible for the study if you:

  • regularly consume dried fruit.
  • regularly consume whole grain cereals.
  • consume many fruits and vegetables.
  • regularly take medications (e.g. laxatives), supplements or food products (e.g. fibre supplements or bran) that affect gut motility.
  • have any gastro-intestinal disease or long term health problems such as such as heart, circulation, hormonal, kidney or other chronic disease.
  • are pregnant or lactating.

If you are interested in taking part we will assess your eligibility and this will include completing a stool and symptom diary for seven days to assess your bowel habits. The diary can be emailed to you and should take no more than two minutes to complete each day.

If you are eligible and agree to take part you will need to consume a natural fibre food or a natural drink as part of your normal diet for four weeks. You will also be required to provide stool samples, have your gut transit time measured by X-ray and complete questionnaires and diaries to assess your bowel habits, diet, physical activity and appetite. You may also opt to provide two blood samples (10 ml/two teaspoons per sample).

The study will take place over a ten week period, during which you will need to attend four appointments at the Nutritional Sciences Research Division, at King’s Waterloo campus, where measurements will be taken from you, such as weight and height. You will also need to attend two short appointments at Queen Mary, to have an abdominal X-ray. All appointments should take no more than 30 minutes. All information and samples that you provide will be anonymous and treated confidentially.

On completion of the study you will be compensated for your time and may claim up to £15 for travel expenses. If you would like further information please contact the Optigut Study at optigut@kcl.ac.uk or on 0207 8484613

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