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HNRCA scientists address nutrition-related health issues which affect the aging population with the aim of improving quality of life. Through our research, important theories about nutrition and health are investigated; the results in turn, lead to dietary recommendations for millions of Americans. Since research based on human participation has the best chance of yielding results that can be applied to the general public, the HNRCA has a constant need for research volunteers to participate in nutrition research studies.

The MRU screens over 1,000 research volunteers each year; this includes a medical history, physical exam, blood work, urinalysis, anthropometric measurements, dietary interview, and carrying out other study-specific screening requirements. In the last year, staff prepared over 7,000 meals ensuring precise nutrient control and food safety.

If you are interested in participating in a research study, please review our Current List of Studies and simply click on the study number in the Current List of Studies to complete the appropriate Study Inquiry Form, or contact the Research Volunteer Services Office at (800) 738-7555. Once contact information is received, a staff member from the Recruitment Services Department will follow-up with your inquiry.

All human research studies carried out in the MRU must be reviewed and approved by the Tufts University-New England Medical Center Institutional Review Board (IRB). These studies and the IRB are regulated by Federal guidelines established by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration.