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STAR Study


The Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center is recruiting for the STAR Study (Soybean Oil Trial of cArdiovascular Risk).


To sign up for an information meeting appointment, please click here.


Study Objective:

·         To learn more about the effects of different types of soybean oils on risk factors of cardiovascular disease.

Recruitment Criteria:

·         30-70 years of age

·         Not taking cholesterol-lowering medications

·         Nonsmokers

·         Not diabetic


·         Study will consist of four 4-week diet periods. During these 16 weeks volunteers will be fed a controlled diet provided by the Center.

·         Participants will come in to the Center any time between 6:30-8:30 am for breakfast and between 4:30-6:30 pm for dinner, Monday-Friday. Lunch and weekend meals will be packed for carryout.

·         Diets contain beef, poultry, fish, and dairy (no pork). No individual substitutions can be made.

·         During the 16 weeks, participants will be allowed to eat only the items that we provide and they must eat all of the items that we provide.

·         Blood and urine samples will be collected throughout the study.

·         Study is scheduled to start in May and end in October.

Interested in participating?

·         If you are interested in participating, you must attend an information meeting. Dates and times for information meetings for the Oil Study are:

Monday, April 6 at 5:00 PM

Tuesday, April 7 at 12:00 PM

Monday, April 13 at 5:00 PM

Tuesday, April 14 at 12:00 PM

Monday, April 20 at 5:00 PM

Tuesday April 21 at 12:00 PM

Monday, April 27 at 5:00 PM

Tuesday April 28 at 12:00 PM


·         Participants may be compensated up to $1950 for completion of the study.

·         Please click on the link on the left for “Volunteer Screening Process” for more information on information meetings, screening, study volunteer responsibilities, and directions.

·         If you would like further information, please email us at or call 301-504-5454 and leave a message.

Last Modified: 3/27/2015
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