Featured Studies

Are you a daily Facebook user, interested in losing weight?

(Docket # H-00001484)

 If so, you may be eligible to participate in a weight loss research study conducted by UMass Medical School. We are researching a program that includes nutrition and exercise counseling through a private Facebook group. You will be asked to posts updates and interact with other study participants.  Study participation will last for 12 weeks.  Compensation will be provided. Interested please call Effie at (508)856-1534 or e-mail study@umassmed.edu


Study looking to enroll people who recently lost weight!

(Docket # H-00001808)

Even highly motivated individuals find it difficult to keep weight off after they have lost it. The purpose of the study is to understand brain changes that accompany participation in wellness programs for keeping weight off. We will use MRI scans to study brain function in men and women 25-55 years old who have lost weight in the last year without surgery. Participants will be assigned to one of two programs to help them maintain weight loss and will be compensated for their time. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of the brain changes that lead to long-term success in keeping weight off, in the hope that this knowledge will assist in the development of improved treatments. To find out if you may be eligible, complete a brief screen at www.umassmed.edu/keepingweightoff or call us at 508-856-2702 or email keepitoff@umassmed.edu to find out more information.

GeneSight Clinical Study (Docket # H-00004690)

The study is trying to see if a genetic test is helpful in guiding clinicians’ selection of medications for depression.  You might be eligible to participate in this study if:

  • You are trying or have recently tried a psychiatric medication, and
  • Your symptoms of depression are not improving despite at least 6 weeks on the treatment you are receiving, and/or
  • You are unable to tolerate the medication and have discontinued it.

If you would like more information, please call Jessica 774-455-4045.

 Children’s Mealtime Study (Docket # H-1420)

The Children’s Mealtime Study located at the E.K. Shriver Center/UMass Medical School is looking for children with intellectual disabilities ages 3-8 to participate in a research study on children’s eating patterns, mealtime behaviors, and parent feeding practices.  For more details and contact information, please see: contact Rosalie at 774-455-6521 or mealtimes@umassmed.edu  or http://shriver.umassmed.edu/research/health-promotion/childrens-mealtime-study