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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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STAR Study


We are no longer recruiting for the STAR Study


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: 5/4/2015
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