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Now recruiting study participants for brain disease research | Curtin University | Thursday, 08. August 2019

Researchers at the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI) need your help to progress important research that has the potential to improve outcomes for patients with brain diseases.
Our researchers are seeking participants for a new study that will investigate how people respond to meals containing commonly consumed dietary oils. The intent is to study the effectiveness of these oils to influence blood metabolites that positively regulate capillary vessel function.
Capillaries are microscopic blood vessels that are critical for brain function and mental health and keep the brain isolated and protected from infectious diseases. CHIRI researchers have discovered that brain capillaries become increasingly leaky with age and that this process is accelerated by poor dietary behaviour. Capillaries that persistently leak cause silent inflammation, which can increase risk for some degenerative brain diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease. However, dietary behaviour can also strengthen brain capillaries and reduce disease risk, which is something our researchers are keen to investigate further.
Participants will be invited to consume meals containing one of two plant-derived oils, or no oil. Several small blood samples are subsequently taken for analysis.
If selected, you will receive a range of results from the study (glucose, cholesterol and a blood lipid profile) that are relevant to heart health. You would also receive a voucher for your time commitment upon the study’s completion.
Ideally, participants would be:

People aged 20-70 years
Generally healthy and non-smokers
Able to attend three visits to Curtin University’s Bentley Campus
A new participant in the study – people who participated or were screened for last year’s study are ineligible for this year’s study

To arrange a pre-study screening to see if you qualify, please register your interest through this Eventbrite page, contact CHIRI on 0404 411 589 or find out more at chiri@curtin.edu.au.
By participating in this study you will be supporting CHIRI’s work to identify new prevention and treatment strategies for ***** diseases.
Thanks for your interest!