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BEAM Study (Brain Effects on Appetite and Metabolism Study)

BEAM Study (Brain Effects on Appetite and Metabolism Study)

BEAM study is a longitudinal study that is trying to learn more about the role the brain plays in appetite and body weight changes in children.
We are recruiting healthy children who are willing to participate in the study activities.

All participants will have one screening visit and 3 in-person visits at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, spread out over 1 year.
Study visits vary in length; Visits will typically last 2-3 hours, with the exception of one visit that will last about 4-6 hours.
Participants will have 1 fasting blood draw, MRIs, eat study meals, body measurements, complete questionnaires and other research activities.

Participants may earn up to $345 for the completion of the entire one-year study.

Participant Eligibility

Eligibility will be determined by phone screening questions and confirmed following an screening visit.

Age 9-11 years old
Able to have an MRI
Available to participate in a study with 3 appointments over 1 year.

No severe food allergies
No major medical conditions
No history of or current eating disorder
No history of major weight loss
Not currently enrolled in a weight loss program
Not taking insulin or other medications known to alter appetite or metabolism


Leticia Sewaybricker
(206) 543-5357

Additional Study Details

Full Study Title
Brain Effects on Appetite and Metabolism Study

Study ID: IRB00210835
Start Date: 06/27/2019
End Date: 12/31/2022

Ellen Schur, MD, MS
Susan Carnell, PhD

Accepts Healthy Volunteers?

Study Site(s)

University of Washington Medical Center

1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, Washington 98195


Use the link below to send a message to the study coordinator, or call the number above to speak directly with a study representative.

I am interested in this research study.