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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

WHNRC Nutrition Studies  

The Western Human Nutrition Research Center is one of six USDA-funded human nutrition centers in the country. Located on the Universityof California, Davis, campus, the goal of the Center is to define nutrition interventions that promote good health. The Center is currently accepting volunteers for the following studies:

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Individual Metabolism and Physiology Signature (iMAPS) Study


Who is conducting the study?


Nancy L. Keim, PhD, and Sean H. Adams PhD, from the Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC) and Department of Nutrition, at the University of California, Davis.


Where is the study being conducted?


WHNRC, 430 West Health Sciences Drive, University of California, Davis, California, 95616


What is the purpose of this study?


We hope to learn more about how the food you eat affects measures of metabolic processes going on in the body. Overall these processes are reflected in the ‘metabolome’ – a term applied to the measurement of a multitude of biological compounds in blood, urine, feces, saliva, and breath. By conducting a complete characterization of the metabolome, we hope to discover new metabolites that change in response to diet and might serve as indicators of health.


Who can participate in this study?


Overweight adult women between the ages of 20 and 50 years old who are insulin resistant or have elevated blood lipid profiles.


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