Ongoing Research Opportunities for Participants

Single Visit Research Opportunity for Adolescents Age 13-18:

The Sable study is being conducted by Dr. Robin Shook and his Energy Balance Research team to learn about the accuracy of a new resting metabolic rate testing device. Participants will complete 2 metabolic rate tests along with a DXA scan and receive $50 in return.

This study might be a good fit for your child if:

  • They are adolescents age 13-18
  • Their BMI is >5th and <95th percentile
  • They can sit for periods of 30 mins at a time under a tent or hood

If you decide to have your child take part in the research study, your child would:

  • Participate in a phone call lasting about 30 minutes along with a parent and study staff for screening and informed consent
  • Come to one morning visit at the Don Chisholm Center
  • Answer some questions about physical activity, etc.
  • Complete a body composition scan
  • Complete the following (in a random order)
  • 30 min hood resting metabolic rate test
  • 30 min tent resting metabolic rate test

$50 will be given to family upon completion of the study. Research is always voluntary! Your decision will not affect your child’s regular care in any way.

For more information, please contact the Energy Balance Research Team at 816-234-9241, or visit for more information.

The principal researcher for this study is Robin Shook at Children’s Mercy/Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition.

Sedentary Measurement Research Study:

Dr. Jordan Carlson’s research team is currently seeking participants for a sedentary measurement research study. Click HERE for more information about eligibility and contact information for the research team if you are interested.

Zoom to Health is an 8-week group treatment program for overweight children and their parents/caregivers. The program provides targeted parenting skills instruction combined with evidence-based nutrition recommendations. Parents and children meet in separate, concurrent groups. Learn more about Zoom to Health.

BATE, or Brain, Appetite, Teens, and Exercise, aims to develop effective, evidence-based lifestyle interventions to prevent and treat childhood obesity and related co-morbidities. As well as quantify appetite and neural mechanisms of food reward in overweight/obese (OW/OB) sedentary youth and to quantify changes following the implementation of a physical activity intervention. Learn about BATE.

Teen HEALTH Study

Dr. Christopher Cushing and his KU Pediatric Health Insight Team is recruiting adolescents 13-18 years old for a study at KU Lawrence. The purpose of the study is to better understand adolescent health.

Recruitment is not limited to Lawrence – adolescents in Kansas City and other areas are welcome to participate.

Study overview:

–       10 days total study participation: 10-minute surveys each evening and one 2-hour lab visit

–       Adolescents complete evening surveys for a week before the lab visit. Surveys are administered via e-mail with text message reminders to complete them.

–       The lab visit includes consent/assent, activities on a computer and iPad, and surveys.

–       Adolescents can earn complimentary snack food, a water bottle, and up to $40 in gift cards.

How to enroll or obtain more information:

–       Parents will need to complete a brief telephone screening with the PHIT Lab (785-864-1287), to determine eligibility and schedule the lab visit.

–       Interested parents can also e-mail the PHIT Lab at with questions about the study or to provide a phone number and time to be called for the telephone screening.

Please contact us with interest or questions about the Teen HEALTH Study!