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Researchers in Galveston studying physical function, strength, and recovery from illness are recruiting adult subjects for their studies. Study volunteers can learn more about their own health by participating in clinical trials. Join our mailing list to receive a quarterly newsletter with information about clinical trials, community events, volunteer opportunities, and research on aging news from UTMB.

We are grateful for your interest in participating in aging research. By volunteering in studies about aging, you impact the future of health care for everyone.

Current Clinical Trials in Need of VolunteersLast Updated July 2022

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Clinical Trials

  • BRASS (Bed Rest in Accelerated Sarcopenia study)

    photo of older people of color, The BRASS (Bed Rest in Accelerated Sarcopenia) Study

    Researchers from the UTMB Sealy Center on Aging need volunteers ages 60-85 with Type 2 Diabetes for a study on bed rest, nutrition, & muscle growth. For information, please contact Paula Skinkis at (409) 772-1907 or pskinkis@utmb.edu. Download flyer: https://utmb.us/64s.

      Learn more about the BRASS Study

  • CHALLENGE (The UTMB Health Challenge Study)

    photo of hands holding a cell phone, The CHALLENGE Study

    UTMB Health Challenge Study - You may be eligible if you are: A woman aged 65 – 85 and able to read and understand English. Interested? Contact: Lakesha Golliday 409-266-9630 or lagollid@utmb.edu. Download flyer: https://utmb.us/52v.

      Learn more about the CHALLENGE Study

  • GRIPS (Geriatric Recovery Using Inpatient and Post-hospitalization Supplementation)

    photo of hand with medical bracelet, supplements, and testing equipment

    The Sealy Center on Aging is seeking volunteers ages 65 and older who are currently hospitalized for a study on in-hospital and post-hospitalization nutritional supplementation. For further information please contact Shawn Goodlett at (409) 266-7590 or  smgoodle@utmb.edu. Download flyer https://utmb.us/694.

      Learn more about the GRIPS study

  • MoTrPAC (Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium) HIGHLY ACTIVE

    photo of bicycles racing, MoTrPAC (Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium) Active Volunteers

    We are working to determine how physical exercise benefits you on a personalized, molecular level. We’re looking for men and women 40 years of age and older who have been cycling or weight lifting regularly for a minimum of one year. For further information, please contact Jessica Spahn at (409) 747-1633 or jlspahn@utmb.edu or Priya Mathai APRN, CVRN-1, MSN, FNP-C at (409) 747-1633 or pemathai@utmb.edu. Download Flyer: https://utmb.us/525.

      Learn more about the MoTrPAC Study

  • MoTrPAC (Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium) SEDENTARY

    photo of diverse group of people, MoTrPAC (Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium) Sedentary Volunteers

    Are you currently physically active? If not, do you want to be? We’re looking for men and women who are 18 years of age and older who do not exercise regularly to participate in our MoTrPAC research study. For further information, please contact Jessica Spahn at (409) 747-1633 or jlspahn@utmb.edu or Priya Mathai APRN, CVRN-1, MSN, FNP-C at (409) 747-1633 or pemathai@utmb.edu. Download Flyer https://utmb.us/6im

      Learn more about the MoTrPAC Study

  • Muscle Disuse Study (Knee Brace)

    photo of Jennie Sealy Hospital, older man with crutches, The Muscle Disuse Study

    We are looking for healthy, middle-aged men and post-menopausal women (50-65 years) in the Galveston area to examine changes in skeletal muscle during periods of disuse (knee brace) and rehabilitation. Contact Liza Durgens, MSN, APRN, FNP-C,  lidurgen@utmb.edu or 409-747-6820 or Sean Kilroe, PhD, at spkilroe@utmb.edu or 832-413-2352. Download flyer:  https://utmb.us/6tu.

      Learn more about the Muscle Disuse Study

  • SPARX3 (Study in Parkinson's Disease of Exercise Phase 3 Clinical Trial)

    photo of holding hands, Study in Parkinson Disease of Exercise (SPARX3)

    The goal of SPARX3 is to test whether the progression of the signs of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is decreased in people who have not initiated medication for PD when they perform endurance treadmill exercise. 370 persons diagnosed with PD who have not yet initiated medication, age 40-80 years, will be randomly assigned to either moderate-intensity or high-intensity exercise training. Contact Jessica Spahn at (409) 747-1633 or jlspahn@utmb.edu. Download Flyer: https://utmb.us/4v7.

      Learn more about the SPARX3 Study

  • STEP-HI (Starting a Testosterone and Exercise Program after Hip Injury)

    photo of three older diverse women, STEP-HI (Starting a Testosterone and Exercise Program after Hip Injury)

    Seeking Women Volunteers for a Study on Hip Fracture Recovery: ‘STEP-HI’ Back to a Life in Motion. Contact: Eloisa Martinez at (409) 266-9643 or esmartin@utmb.edu. Website: stephistudy.wustl.edu. Download flyer:  https://utmb.us/6sr.

      Learn more about the STEP-HI Study

Contact Us

Roxana Hirst, MS, CCRP
Recruitment Coordinator
UTMB Pepper Center
& The Sealy Center on Aging
rmhirst@utmb.edu
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, Texas 77555-0460
409-266-9641
or 409-266-9643

Alice Williams, MS, LBSW
Manager, Communications & Community Initiatives
The Sealy Center on Aging
alwillia@utmb.edu
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, Texas 77555-0177
409-266-9647