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Mason: Health Starts Here

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Earn $50 and help us better understand students’ mental and physical health, experiences and perspectives, and a variety of factors that may affect college success.

Mason: Health Starts Here is a first-of-its-kind transdisciplinary student cohort study to understand and improve the health and well-being of university students. This research will follow a broad sample of young adults, specifically Mason students, over time to capture the diversity of their experiences in college and how it affects their health and well-being.

A unique feature of this study is that students will have access to their health information, receive feedback on their health, and be able to share in translating the cohort study findings into actionable solutions.  Watch our brief video here or visit the Mason: Health Starts Here website to learn more and sign up.

IRB# 1432539-1

Helping to Improve Latino Children's Health

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We are looking for Latino children 5 to 9 years of age. Your family may be eligible for a 10-week free healthy weight program, and monetary compensation and your child’s health report will be provided.

Why participate? Latino children are at high risk for obesity. We are looking to decrease childhood obesity and reduce the risk of health problems such as heart disease and diabetes in the Latino community.

All visits take place in Woodbridge, VA. Participants must live in close proximity to participate, and a parent or guardian must accompany children to visits. 

For more information:
Phone us: (703) 993-4628
E-mail us:

IRB# 1094469-11

Improving Gait and Balance in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

Person with Parkinson's Diseases participating in research in Mason's Department of Rehabilitation Science

Researchers in the Department of Rehabilitation Science are conducting a study examining gait and balance impairments in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and what can be done to improve these functions. The study is recruiting people over the age of 18, both with and without a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. 

For more information, email Clinton Wutzke  or call 703-993-1903.

Pepper Consumption and Obesity and Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

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We are seeking volunteers to participate in a research study, "Capsaicin consumption, resting energy expenditure and glucose metabolism." The goal of this study is to see whether capsaicin (a pungent compound found in peppers) consumption can support obesity and diabetes prevention/treatment.  Participants should be between the age of 18 and 40, overweight or obese (25-33 kg/m2), and healthy.  Participants should not be diabetic, pregnant, nursing claustrophobic. This study requires two 3-hour fasting test days and consumption of 2tsp of Cayenne pepper with food.  If you are interested, please contact Rafia Virk or Dr. Lilian de Jonge (703-993-5153 or 

Breast Cancer-related Fatigue

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A group of Mason researchers are examining the impact of a prescribed aerobic exercise routine on breast-cancer related fatigue. Read more about their breast cancer research.

For more information on the study or the grant, contact Lynn GerberAli Weinstein, or Patrice Winter, or call 703-993-5036.

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury


The research project "Effects of Locomotor Training on Cardiorespiratory Function and Walking Performance in People with Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury" seeks volunteers 18 years of age or older with an incomplete spinal cord injury who will commit to two separate visits to laboratory for testing at the start and the finish of 12 weeks of FREE locomotor training.

For more information and eligibility requirements, visit the Department of Rehabilitation Science's website.

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