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Clinical Trials

Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery: The Role of Changes in Appetite and Food Preferences

If you are a woman thinking about weight loss surgery, you may be eligible to participate in this research study. The purpose of the study is to explore the role that the brain activity -related to appetite, eating habits and food preferences- plays in weight loss after bariatric surgery and if a brain MRI could predict who will be successful in losing weight after surgery.

  1. You must be a woman, between 18-55 years of age, right handed, and have no neurological or significant psychiatric history.
  2. You must be eligible and approved for undergoing weight loss surgery (gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy).
  3. Participation involves a screening visit and 3 MRIs performed before, 1 month and 6 months after weight loss surgery. Blood samples, body composition and information about food preferences/eating habits will also be collected.
  4. Compensation: Up to $240, receive a free picture of your brain and free parking during the study visits.

This study is conducted by Dr. Claudia Sanmiguel, from the UCLA Program for Ingestive Behavior and Obesity and by Drs. Erik Dutson and Yijun Chen, from the UCLA Center for Obesity and METabolic Health (COMET).

If interested, please call (310) 206-1758 or (310) 825-3287.

Protocol ID: IRB#13-001552 UCLA IRB Approved Date: 10/9/2014 through 10/8/2015 Committee: Medical IRB 3

Scor Study: Exploring the Connection Between the Brain and Gut in Healthy Subjects and IBS Patients

You may qualify to participate in a UCLA research study conducted by Dr. Emeran Mayer. The purpose of this study is to learn more about how IBS develops, which may lead to the development of diagnostic tests and treatments.

  1. We are looking for men and women, age 18 to 55 years old, lean or obese, healthy or with IBS symptoms.
  2. This study consists of 2-3 visits and your participation consists of:
    1. Clinical assessment, questionnaires, saliva, blood, stool and urine samples
    2. Heat sensitivity testing
    3. Brain MRI
    4. DEXA scan for abdominal fat and blood draw
  3. Compensation up to $160.

If interested, please call (310) 206-8545 or check out our website at: http://www.uclacns.org

Protocol ID: IRB# 12-001802 UCLA IRB Approval Date: 1/9/2014 through 1/8/2015 Committee: Medical IRB 3  

Investigational Research Study of a Natural, Herbal Remedy for IBS Symptoms

Do you suffer from chronic abdominal pain, discomfort and bloating? Do you experience diarrhea or constipation, or even both? You may have irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. If so you may qualify for an investigational research study of a natural, herbal remedy for IBS symptoms.

To qualify to participate, you must:

  1. Be female
  2. Be between the ages of 18-65
  3. Suffer from IBS symptoms

Qualified participants will receive study herbal product medication or placebo, study related testing and a physical exam at no cost. Compensation may be provided for time and travel and insurance is not needed.

Ask us if you qualify or find out more at (877) 906-7797 or visit www.myclinicaltrial.com/UCLA

Protocol ID:IRB#14-000333 UCLA IRB Approved Approval Date: 4/14/2014 Through: 3/12/2015 Committee: Medical IRB 3 







UCLA Asian Liver Program Clinical Trials

The team of physicians at the UCLA Asian Liver Program participate in numerous clinical trials. The clinical trials can cover acute liver failure, hepatitis, and more.

To learn more call Val Peacock, RN at (310) 794-6067 or click here to see current UCLA Asian Liver Program clinical trials »

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