Human Nutrition Research Centre

Volunteer Information

Volunteer Information

We need human volunteers so we can carry out studies and discover the links between what we eat and our health.

We're building a register of individuals who are interested in taking part in nutritional studies. If you are interested in participating in one of our studies, please email us: hnrc@ncl.ac.uk

Taking part

All information about volunteers is treated as confidential. We hold all data in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

All studies in humans are approved by the appropriate ethics committee.

Some of our studies are carried out within the community. Others are carried out within the university's state-of-the-art facilities. Find out more about the University facilities we use at the Clinical Ageing Research Unit and NU-Food.

Projects that need volunteers

Sedentary behaviour

Annie Bolle-Jones is an undergraduate student at Newcastle University. She's studying a BSc in Nutrition and Food Marketing. Her project aims to validate a questionnaire to assess sedentary behaviour, developed for older people in the Netherlands, in the general UK population.

Annie is looking to recruit 30 participants to take part in this study. The study will involve completing a lifestyle (physical activity and sedentary behaviour) questionnaire and to wear an accelerometer (a small, wrist-worn device similar to a watch) for 7 days.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Annie: A.M.Bolle-Jones1@newcastle.ac.uk

Nutrition trial

We are conducting a study on the availability of compounds within beetroot and their effects on the vascular system in older and younger adults.

We are looking for volunteers who are:

  • non-smoking
  • healthy
  • BMI between 20 and 25kg/m2
  • aged either 18-35 or 60-75 years

You'll receive a £100 voucher for completing the trial.

The study will involve 4 visits, each lasting around 5 hours. You'll be asked to consume an amount of beetroot or a positive control each time. We'll take blood samples, and measure blood flow and exhaled nitric oxide at regular intervals. You will be provided with some meals to consume the day before and day of each visit.

If you would like to take part or would like some more information, contact Tess Capper (PhD student at MoveLab - Physical Activity & Exercise Research): t.capper2@newcastle.ac.uk