Research Study



Study Name: Microbiome        

Study Focus:  Nutrition


Study Contact: To learn more, please call 1-877-854-8475 or fill out the Contact Us form.

Study Purpose:  To collect data to examine how diet impacts the composition and function of the bacteria in your large intestine. This community of bacteria is called the gut microbiome. Recent evidence suggests that these bacteria are important for determining how many of the calories you eat are absorbed. For this and several other reasons studies have shown an association between the bacteria in your large intestine and diseases like obesity and diabetes. Results from this study will improve our understanding of how diet may be able to lead to a healthy gut microbiome.

To be enrolled in this study, you must meet certain requirements. You may be eligible to participate if you meet the associated criteria:

  • Ages 18-45 years old
  • Good general health
  • Weight stable
  • BMI ≤ 30 kg/m2

Study Procedures:

  • Fasting blood draw
  • Urine and stool samples
  • Body composition measurements
    • MRI/MRS (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
    • DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry)
    • Whole Room Calorimetry
  • Study Duration: up to 12 weeks

Study Commitment:

  • 1 screening visit
  • 5 outpatient clinic visits
  • (2) 30-day diet periods
  • (2) overnight stays- 2 nights each
  • (2) overnight stays- 11 nights each

Compensation offered? Yes

This study is being conducted under the direction of Dr. Steven Smith, MD at 301East Princeton Street, Orlando, Florida 32804.