The John B. Pierce Laboratory


Research Studies

Pierce Laboratory scientists frequently conduct research that depends upon the participation of human participants. All such studies are approved by the Human Investigation Committee of the relevant Yale University biomedical institutional review board. Below are the titles, brief descriptions, and compensation rates of research studies that are currently underway for which participants are being recruited.

Participation is by appointment only and is subject to inclusion and exclusion criteria that are specific to the objectives and design of each study. To learn more about a study and to inquire about participation, please contact the study coordinator or research assistant via the indicated email address.


Support Women’s Health Research – Hormone effects on blood pressure

The John B. Pierce Laboratory and Yale University are recruiting women with and without insulin resistance and/or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome for a physiological research study to examine hormone effects on blood pressure.  Blood and urine samples will be taken.

You must be 18 – 40 years old to participate.

Compensation up to $600

Contact Charlotte at  203-562-9901 x256  or cusselman@jbpierce.org
HIC # 1401013220


Support Women’s Health Research – Effects of estrogen  on heart function

The John B. Pierce Laboratory and Yale University are recruiting healthy, non-smoking women for a physiological research study to examine how estrogen influences heart function.  Two short visits to the lab!

You must be 18 – 35 years old to participate.

Compensation up to $150

Contact Tessa at tessa.adler@yale.edu
HIC #  1605017848

Food and Flavor Research Study

The John B. Pierce Laboratory and Yale University are recruiting participants for studies of taste and smell.

You must be 18 – 45 years old and a nonsmoker to participate.

Earn up to $552

Participants may be asked to:

  • Consume beverages and foods
  • Make judgments about food, tastes, and smells
  • Complete questionnaires, computer tasks, blood draws and fMRI scans

Phone: (203) 562-9901 x 210
Email: foodandflavor@jbpierce.org
Online screening: jbpierce.org/foodandflavor

HIC #26766


Do you consume 4+ alcoholic drinks per week? Do you sometimes do things without thinking?

The John B. Pierce Laboratory and Yale University are recruiting participants for research studies of taste and smell.

You must be 21 – 50 years old to participate.

Earn up to $300

Participants may be asked to:

  • Consume beverages and alcohol
  • Make judgments about food, tastes, and smells
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Take a nutrition supplement for 6 weeks
  • Complete computer tasks
  • Have brain imaging (MRI)

Phone: (203) 562-9901 x 210
Email: foodandflavor@jbpierce.org
Online screening: jbpierce.org/foodandflavor

HIC #1510016598


Participants wanted for studies in taste perception:

We will be testing the intensity of basic taste qualities, such as sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami.
The study involves sampling solution in the mouth or with the tongue tip. The solutions do not contain any harmful substances.
The experiments may include multiple sessions that are approximately 25-35 min.
 
Earn up to $60
 
You must meet the following criteria for our study:
• I am between 18 and 45.
• I speak English fluently.
• I am a non-smoker.
• I am in good general health.
• I have no deficits of smell or taste.
• I am not pregnant.
• I am not taking any prescription pain medication.
• I do not have any tongue, cheek or lip piercings.
 
If you are interested in participating please contact (203) 562-9901 x 212 or x 220 or tasteperception@jbpierce.org
HIC#0603001264
 
 
Studies on how people perceive beverages and foods:
 
The John B. Pierce Laboratory and Yale University are recruiting subjects for research studies on the perception of the flavors of beverages and foods.You must be 18 – 40 years old, healthy, and a non-smoker to participate.
 
Compensation is $10/hour of participation
 
Subjects may be asked to:
•    Taste or smell beverages or foods and identify them
•    Taste or smell beverages or foods and make judgments about their flavors and smells
•    Taste or smell beverages or foods and make judgments about their pleasantness
 
Contact us at:  (203) 562-9901 x 232 or sensoryperception@jbpierce.org HSC#1007007084 “Perception of Flavor: Quality, Intensity, and Pleasantness,” Lawrence E. Marks, Ph.D., Principal Investigator