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Current Studies

Please check back frequently or follow our social media pages to learn when new exciting studies become available. If you have an energy balance study that you would like to advertise, please contact us.

Initial Focus Areas: 

  • Trials in cancer survivors of the effect of physical activity, diet, and weight control interventions on (1) biomarkers of prognosis and survival (PAR 12-228 and PAR 12-229); (2) prevention or remediation of lasting/late effects of cancer and its treatment.
  • Trials in people at risk of cancer (particularly high risk populations) to test the effect of physical activity/exercise, diet, and weight on biomarkers related to cancer initiation, alone or in combination with chemopreventive agents.
  • Studies of the biological mechanisms underlying the relationships between physical activity, diet, weight status and cancer initiation, promotion, progression, and recurrence.
  • Dissemination and implementation research on energy balance interventions for cancer survivors and at risk populations, including technology-based interventions delivered in health care settings.
  • Research on biobehavioral mechanisms underlying weight changes (gain, loss, and maintenance of loss), eating behavior, and physical activity.


New Study Spotlight! Project GOAL

Are you interested in exercising or being physically active?  We need participants to complete an online survey that examines how and why people engage in exercise routines.  Participants should be over 18 years or older and should be physically capable of exercising. Click here to participate and complete this online survey.  Direct any questions or comments to Dr. Matthew Cox at


Project LEAP

Description: Project LEAP (Lowering endometrial cancer risk through activity, nutrition, and preventive medicines) is a study aimed at overweight, post-menopausal women between the ages of 50 and 65. Our study’s goals are to determine if we are able to decrease the risk of endometrial cancer through a lifestyle and drug intervention. Our lifestyle intervention includes weekly meetings with a dietitian and supervised exercise sessions twice per week. Flyer

Who is eligible?

  • Women between 50 and 65 years of age
  • Post-menopausal (no period for one year or longer)
  • Women who have serious weight problems

What is involved in participating?

  • Telephone interview
  • Blood test, endometrial sampling, questionnaires, and body composition measurements (at beginning of study and at 4 months)
  • Four month program with metformin/placebo lifestyle intervention (for some participants) or both


  • Potentially increasing your physical activity and improving your diet
  • Receive at least 2 meetings with a dietician
  • Contribute valuable information to medical research

Recruiter Contact Info: 713-792-5039 or 


Games for Health

Description: To understand how to help children eat healthier and be more physically active. 

Who is eligible?

  • Children ages 10-12

What is involved in participating?

  • Must play two "Games for Health" video games 
  • Give 3 blood samples

Benefits: Helping researchers understand the factors that influence physical activity and eating behaviors in children

Recruiter Contact Info: Marilyn Navarette at Baylor College of Medicine: 713-798-7002 or


Project MB-EAT

Description: The goal of this study is to learn more about the bacteria found in the digestive tract and if these bacteria influence the brain’s response to food images and eating behavior.

Who is eligible?
• Ages 21-55
• English Speaking
• With telephone and/or Internet access

What is involved in participating?
• Height and Weight Measurements
• Questionnaires
• Brain Activity Monitoring
• Collection of Biological samples

Benefits: Helping researchers understand issues around food and weight control

Recruiter Contact Info:  If interested Call 713-794-5494 or email


Steps to Health

Description: The goal of this study is to gather feedback from healthcare providers about a mobile phone application (app) and text message program that may help to promote more exercise in cancer survivors, and how this application could be integrated into clinical practice.

Who is eligible?
• A physician or mid-level provider who has been personally involved in cancer survivorship care for at least one year
• Employed by a comprehensive cancer center or a community oncology setting
• Able to speak and read English

What is involved in participating?
Participate in one interview (up to 1 hour) held either in person or over the phone.

Study Contact Info: 713-745-4268 or

Upcoming Events

April16, 2015
Energy Balance Journal Club
Diet Modification and Metformin Have a Beneficial Effect in a Fly Model of Obesity and Mucormycosis
Fazal Shirazi, PhD
12:00-1:00 p.m.
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