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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Information Meetings

 

What happens at an information meeting?

 

Information meetings consist of a short presentation (about 30 minutes), which will outline the motivation for the study, what is required of study participants, and how you can become a participant. You will be given a copy of the presentation, on which you may take notes. At any time during the presentation, you may stop the presenter to ask for clarification if you have any questions.

 

After the presentation, if you determine that you are interested and think you meet the criteria to be a participant, we will give you a consent form, study application, and health history questionnaire to fill out. We will give you a copy of the consent form for your records. We will then ask you to sign up for your initial and follow-up screening visits.

 

Why do I have to go to the information meeting?

  • At the information meeting, you will receive detailed information about what is involved in being a participant in the study you are interested in.
  • You will have an opportunity to ask questions of our staff and investigators, so that you can be sure to understand all study requirements.
  • You will have the opportunity to tour our facilities, to get a better idea of what is expected of you as a participant.
  • You will receive all documents required for participation in our studies.
  • After the meeting, you will have the opportunity to sign up for screening visits if you are interested in participating.

 

You must attend an information meeting if you wish to participate in one of our studies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in participating in a study, and would like more information

Please email us at Volunteers@ars.USDA.gov or call us at 301-504-5454.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Physical Screening

 

What happens at a screening visit?

 

We will measure height, weight, blood pressure, and collect a blood and urine sample.

These measurements will help us determine if volunteers meet the study criteria.

 

What is the next step?

 

We will mail your blood and urine lab results back to you along with a letter that states if you are eligible or ineligible to participate in the study. We will call you at that time if you have been selected to participate. If you have not been selected, you will receive a letter in the mail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Study Volunteer Responsibilities

 

 

What do I have to do if I volunteer for a nutrition study?

 

    Study responsibilities differ depending on the nature of each study. Short term studies usually range from 2-4 weeks while long term studies can last up to 16 weeks, or 4 months.

    Most of the studies we conduct at FCHL are controlled feeding studies, where volunteers are required to eat all the food that is provided and only the food that is provided and nothing else. Volunteers are usually expected to come into the center at the BHNRC on weekdays for breakfast and dinner, while lunch will be packed out, along with weekend foods.

    Some studies will have a few blood draws and occasional urine collections. Depending on the particular study, some studies will have a week break between the different treatment periods while volunteers are under no food restrictions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in participating in a study, and would like more information

Please email us at Volunteers@ars.usda.gov or call us at 301-504-5454.

 

 

 

 

 


Directions

 

Driving Directions to Building 307B, BARC-East

Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC)

 

Click here for dirivng directions to 307 Center Rd Beltsville, MD 20705 (courtesy of Google Maps)

 

From Baltimore:

 

Take Baltimore Washington Pkwy South (MD-295 South)

Take the exit toward Powder Mill Rd/ Beltsville

Turn Right at Power Mill Rd. Stay on for 1.2 miles.

Turn Right at Center Rd

After you pass building 306 on your left, take the first Left and you will see buildling 307B.

Someone will be at the door to let you in.

 

 

From Washington DC:

 

Take Baltimore Washington Pkwy North (MD-295 North)

Take the Powder Mill Rd exit toward Beltsville

Turn Left at Power Mill Rd. Stay on for 1.3 miles.

Turn Right at Center Rd

After you pass building 306 on your left, take the first Left and you will see buildling 307B.

Someone will be at the door to let you in.

 

 

From I-495E:

 

Take Exit 25A to merge onto Baltimore Ave/US-1 toward Laurel. Stay on US-1 for 1.8 miles.

Turn Right at MD-201/Power Mill Rd. Stay on Powder Mill Rd for 2.1 miles.

Turn Left at Center Rd

After you pass building 306 on your left, take the first Left and you will see buildling 307B.

Someone will be at the door to let you in.

 

 

From I-495N:

 

Take Exit 23 for MD-201/Kenilworth Ave toward Bladensburg/Greenbelt

Keep Right at the fork, follow signs for Greenbelt and merge onto Kenilworth Ave. Stay on Kenilworth Ave for 2.1 miles.

Turn Right at Powder Mill Rd. Stay on Powder Mill Rd for 1.6 miles.

Turn Left at Center Rd

After you pass building 306 on your left, take the first Left and you will see buildling 307B.

Someone will be at the door to let you in.

 

Metro Access:

 

Take the Metro Green Line to Greenbelt station.

Take the B30 bus to the USDA, ARS, National Visitor's Center on Powdermill Road.

Walk approximately 2 blocks to Building 307B.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Last Modified: 7/1/2014