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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 

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

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


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

March 19, 2015
Energy Balance Journal Club
Sedentary behavior and disease risk: Should we reduce how much we sit?
Matt Chrisman, PhD
12:00-1:00 p.m.
CPB8, room 3
 Learn more

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