As heard on this week’s CBC news report, we’re looking for volunteers to help us out with a number of research studies. Our work ranges from investigations on metabolism and health to physical activity and exercise studies. The time commitment, risks, benefits and compensation vary for each study, and we ask potential participants to consider what study best suits his or her own personal interests and lifestyle as a volunteer.
Below is a list of some ongoing and future projects. Please click on the links to learn more. You can email us for more information by using the contact page (see tab on main page) or contacting any of the researchers on the team.
We are examining the effects of the active ingredient in hot peppers (in pill form) to alter fat burning. This may have effects on weight loss or heart health. This study involves 2 lab visits over a period of 12 weeks. People needed: 40 (20 male, 20 female), 18-45 yr old. (Click either of the following posters: poster 1 or poster 2)
We are also investigating the potential effect on exercise performance. This study involves 3 visits to the lab to 1) determine fitness and 2) to test exercise performance (on a bike) with the performance tests occurring 2 weeks apart. Participants needed: 15 (male and female). Participants should be motivated to exercise for testing.
Blood flow restriction studies
We are testing a novel type of “passive exercise” to affect adaptations. See the CBC news clip here. There are multiple potential applications of this research ranging from rehabilitative and post-operative applications, to body building and sports performance. The best part, is that we will take care of all the “work” in the workout.
We are currently undertaking two studies- the first is examining the ability of this new technique to cause changes in muscle strength and size. Participants will come to the lab 4 days per week, for 30 min per day, for 6 weeks. Body scans (fat vs muscle will be performed at QEH) and strength/endurance measured at UPEI. Participant spots: 12 male and 12 female.
We are also investigating the effects of this type of automated device to improve recovery from taxing exercise. We are seeking athletes (cyclists/triathletes) capable of performing a short 30 sec all out sprint as well as a max exertion 10km time trial on a virtual cycling course. Click this advertisement (right) for details Recovery study poster
Eccentric aerobic exercise study
This study investigates the impact of an antioxidant supplement to reduce exercise induced inflammation and speed recovery after intensive exercise. This could have implications for recovery from exercise and longer term cardiovascular health.
People needed: 40 (20 male, 20 female), 18-45 yr. old. Capable of 40min run at a moderate exercise intensity (Downhill running)
Old-timers hockey study
We are interested in mitigating the risk of a heart attack for hockey players (>45yr) through simple alterations to the game. We also want to better understand the characteristics of a typical game in regard to exercise intensity, shift length, number of shifts, recovery time etc. We are seeking old-timers hockey teams in the Charlottetown area who would be willing to let our research team instrument you with a non- invasive heart rate monitoring device during a regular game (2 times).
Contact: Dr. Jamie Burr (use contact page)
Although we haven’t yet started accepting volunteers, we have two planned studies for the fall looking at the metabolic effects of using a standing desk workstation and also an investigation into the cardiovascular effects of “cross-fit” style exercise. Stay tuned!