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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


Project Weight

Description: The goal of this research study is to learn more about how attention and reaction to food and non-food images might differ between people with different weight histories. Researchers want to know if patterns in brain activity may be related to body weight and weight regain after weight loss. Flyer

Who is eligible?

  • English speaking employees and community participants between the ages of 18 and 55 years.
  • Individuals who have had always been at a healthy weight, have had trouble losing weight and keeping it off, or have recently lost weight.

What is involved in participating?

  • Telephone interview
  • Up to two visits to the Behavioral Research and Treatment Center (BRTC) for screening, body composition measurements, questionnaires, and brain responses to picture presentation. The BRTC is located on the second floor of the Dan L. Duncan Building (formerly known as the Cancer Prevention Building) by The Star landmark.


  • May contribute information to medical research
  • There may be no benefit to participants

Recruiter Contact Info: 713-794-5494 or

Latinos Contra el Cancer (CNP)

Description: The research purpose of Project Latinos Contra el Cancer (CNP study) is to improve diet and physical activity among men and women of Mexican Origin, who smoke. We want to learn if a wellness program can help improve diet and physical activity levels and encourage smoking cessation in Mexican-Americans who are overweight. To help improve dietary habits and activity levels, participants will receive a health assessment, health education sessions, and self-help materials. Participants will also be compensated for their time and effort, and nicotine patches will be provided at no cost. Flyer

Who is eligible? 

  • Be of Mexican Origin
  • Must be able to speak and read Spanish
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Overweight (BMI > 25), and
  • Have a valid home address and telephone number

What’s involved in participating and other FAQs     English      Español
Study Contact Info:  713-792-9123 or

Move Baby, Move!

Description: A chair-based exercise DVD designed to improve rhythm, balance, and coordination. The DVD also incorporates rhythmic breathing, guided imagery, music therapy, and evidence-based movements.

Eligibility criteria: 

  • At least 18 years or older
  • Previously diagnosed with cancer (breast, colon/rectum, prostate, ovarian, uterine, endometrial, lung, brain, leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma)
  • Wheel-chair bound or have limited mobility
  • Have access to a DVD player
  • Speak English

What’s involved in participating: 

  • Participate in a 8-week DVD-based research intervention
  • Answer a series of questionnaires before and after
  • Participate in an assessment of mobility (if not wheel-chair bound) before and after

Benefits: Free exercise-based DVD and opportunity to contribute to a novel scientific study. There may be no benefit to you.

Study Contact Info: 713-563-2735 or

The XTEND Lifestyle Intervention Program

Description: A web-based exercise and sedentary behavior research intervention for breast cancer survivors

Who is eligible? 

  • At least 18 years old
  • Previously diagnosed with operable breast cancer
  • Overweight or obese (BMI >= 25)

What’s involved in participating:

  • Participate in a 3-6 month web-based intervention
  • Self-monitoring
  • Goal setting

Benefits: Free access to a behavior change website, individually tailored messages, telephone counseling, exercise equipment (for those randomized to the physical activity condition). There may be no benefit to you.

Study Contact Info: 713-563-2735 or


Description: This research study is a partnership between MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital and Texas Children’s Cancer Center to learn more about how to design a program that would promote healthy lifestyles among survivors of either childhood brain or central nervous system (CNS) tumor cancers.

Who is eligible?

  • 15-39 years old
  • A survivor of a primary brain or CNS tumor
  • Have internet access
  • Able to speak, write, and read in English

What is involved in participating?

  • Complete a one-time 30-45 minute web-based questionnaire designed to gather information on your eating practices

Benefits: Taking part in this research study may help future pediatric brain or CNS tumor patients. There may be no benefit to those participating.

Recruiter Contact Info: 713-794-1760 or


The Butterfly Girls

Description: The Butterfly Girls. 8-10 year old African American girls and a parent needed to participate in an 8 week online program promoting healthy eating and physical activity. No meetings to attend; participate from the comfort and convenience of home. Flyer

Who is eligible?

  • African American girl between the ages of 8-10
  • Speaks and understands English
  • Has high-speed internet access
  • Has a parent who is willing to participate

What is involved in participating?

  • 8 episode online program
  • Online questionnaires for girls and parents
  • Dietary recalls for girls
  • Activity monitor wear for girls

Benefits: Learn about healthy nutrition and physical activity; stipend. 

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

Teens in Action

Description: Researchers at the Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine are conducting a study about teens and physical activity. Teens will complete an online survey and wear an activity monitor for seven days. There are no meeting to attend! Flyer

Who is eligible?

  • Teenagers ages 11-13 and 15-17
  • Speaks English
  • Have internet access
  • Have an email address

What is involved in participating?

  • Completion of an online survey
  • Wear a physical activity monitor for 7 days

Benefits: Helping researchers understand the factors that influence physical activity behaviors in teenagers and a $50 stipend.

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

Upcoming Events

January 29, 2015
Studying Nutrition Today for the Health of Future Generations
A novel chemopreventive strategy based on production of therapeutic microRNAs in plants 
Dr. Vicki Vance (Host: Kendal Hirschi, PhD)
8:30-9:00 a.m.
Children's Nutrition Research Center, 1100 Bates St. Houston TX 77030
Howland Auditorium, 2nd Floor
 Learn more

January 29, 2015
Energy Balance Journal Club
Obesity and Enhancement of Cancer Hallmarks 
Dr. Enrique Fuentes-Mattei
12:00-1:00 p.m.
FCT3 rms 2 and 7
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