Featured Studies

Are you an expectant parent? (Docket # 14126)

 We are developing a screener to be used in the largest long-term study of children’s health ever done in the United States called the National Children’s Study.  We are looking for expectant parents to help us to develop the screener.  All participants will be asked to complete a 10-minute telephone interview.  Some participants will receive a second phone call for an interview that will last approximately 30-minutes.  You will receive $25 for each interview completed.  If you are an expectant parent (female or male), live in Worcester County, are 18 years of age or older, and are able to speak and understand English, you are eligible to participate!  Please call the Study Center at (508) 856-3699 or e-mail ncs@umassmed.edu


 Grandparents of Grandchildren with Type 1 Diabetes

Grandparent Education through Simulation - Diabetes (GPETS-D) explores methods of educating grandparents of grandchildren diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in basic diabetes management, with a special focus on hypoglycemia.  Eligible grandparent participants receive a free 90-minute one-on-one T1D teaching session provided by a certified diabetes educator nurse.  Teaching is provided at the UMMHC Pediatric Endocrine Clinic in Worcester, MA.  Grandparents of grandchildren (aged 12 or younger) diagnosed with T1D for at least 2 months are eligible to participate.  Grandparents will receive a $25.00 gift card for participation.  Enrollment is limited to 30 grandparent participants.  Please contact Laura Maguire at 508-981-1932 or   LauraLynn.Maguire@umassmed.edu  IRB Docket #: H00004996

 Research study looking for pregnant women

  Are you pregnant and planning on having your baby at UMass Memorial? Researchers in the UMass Medical School Department of Quantitative Health Sciences are conducting a research study to learn more about decision-making, eating, and weight gain during pregnancy, and are looking for pregnant women who plan on delivering their baby at UMass Memorial. Participants will attend one study visit and answer questions about decision-making, what motivates their food choices, their diet habits, and their thoughts and feelings. Women will also complete a survey at home about the food and things available in their kitchen and three telephone interviews about what they ate in the previous 24 hours. Compensation is provided. To learn more about in Decision-Making, Eating, and Weight Gain in Pregnancy Study (the DEW Study), call Sherry at 774-455-3858 or email her at rui.xiao@umassmed.edu. IRB docket # H00001672

  Did you have a baby in the past 12 months?

 Are you interested in losing weight and own a smartphone?

 Did you have a baby in the past 12 months? Are you interested in losing weight and own a smartphone? If so, you may be eligible to join a no cost weight loss research study at UMass Medical School. UMass is researching a program that includes nutrition and exercise counseling through a private Facebook group.  The program is recruiting women who recently had a baby. Study participation will last for 4 months.  Compensation will be provided. Please call Effie at (508)856-1534 or e-mail study@umassmed.edu  IRB Docket #: H00001484

 Current Smokers! 

We have developed a recommender system, similar to the ones used by Amazon and Netflix, that recommends smoking cessation/behavioral change messages based on the participants' characteristics. We will be asking smokers to rate one health behavior message every day for 30 days. For this study, the time commitment will be 15 minutes for a brief phone registration, 5 minutes a day for 30 days to rate the messages, and 20 minutes for a brief final phone survey. The honorarium will be in the form of gift cards.  Please contact: Lisa Lombardini, 508-856-8985, Lisa.Lombardini@umassmed.edu. Docket # H- 00001462

 Children’s Mealtime Study

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.  Docket # H-1420