The brain is a complex maze, but advances in neuroscience have helped researchers make remarkable progress in learning more about it in recent years.
Our researchers are hopeful that better outcomes for patients with degenerative brain diseases such as Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease are closer than ever.
The institute is recruiting participants for a study helping its researchers explore a promising research lead.
The study assesses how people respond to meals containing commonly consumed dietary oils and the effectiveness in influencing blood metabolites that positively regulate capillary vessel function.
Capillaries are microscopic blood vessels critical for brain function and mental health and keep the brain isolated and protected from infectious diseases.
Our researchers have discovered that brain capillaries become increasingly leaky with age and that poor dietary behaviour accelerates this process. Capillaries that persistently leak cause silent inflammation, increasing the risk of developing degenerative brain diseases. However, dietary behaviour can also strengthen brain capillaries and reduce disease risk, which is the part researchers are keen to investigate further.
Study participants will consume meals containing a plant-derived oil, or no oil, with several small blood samples taken for analysis.
If selected, you will receive a range of results from the study (glucose, cholesterol and a blood lipid profile) that are relevant to heart health. You would also receive a voucher for your time commitment upon the study’s completion.
Ideally, participants would be:
- People aged 20-70 years
- Generally healthy and non-smokers
- Able to attend three visits to our Perth Campus
- A new participant in the study – people who participated or were previously screened for last year’s study are ineligible for this year’s study
To arrange a pre-study screening to see if you qualify, please telephone +61 8 404 411 589 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HRE2018-0467). The Committee is comprised of members of the public, academics, lawyers, doctors and pastoral carers. If needed, verification of approval can be obtained either by writing to:
Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee
c/- Office of Research and Development
GPO Box U1987
or by telephoning +61 8 9266 2784 or by emailing email@example.com.