Major Equipment and Facilities:
- Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) machine - Hologic Discovery A System
- Muscle strength measurement
Participants Needed for the following project:
Louisiana Osteoporosis Study
1) Recruitment Aim: To recruit ~20,000 human subjects in New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas. To build a large sample pool for clinical, genetic epidemiology, functional genomic, epigenomics, and proteomics studies of osteoporosis and related health problems.
2) Inclusion criteria:
- Be ≥ 18 years of age;
- Be willing to participate in the study and attend exam for bone densitometry, muscle strength measurements and blood draw (20ml);
- No severe uncontrolled chronic disease.
3) Compensation: $25 (gift card) for a one-time visit
Epigenomewide DNA Methylation Study for Osteoporosis Risk
1) Recruitment Aim: To recruit 160 Caucasian
females between the ages of 25 and 40 years, including 80 with high BMD and 80
with low BMD, from the subjects participating in the ongoing LOS. To identify genes
whose regulatory patterns are associated with osteoporosis risk in Caucasian
2) Inclusion criteria:
- Be ≥ 18 years of age
- Female has at least one intact ovary
- No severe uncontrolled chronic diseases
- Be willing to donate 70 ml blood
- Hip BMD score from LOS study falls within the eligible range
3) Compensation: $100 (gift card) for a one-time
To schedule an appointment at the New Orleans clinic:Please call (504) 988-1016.
If you are unable to keep your
appointment, please call at least one day in advance so that we may offer that
appointment time to another volunteer.
Important Things to Know:
bring your picture identification.
withhold any vitamins and supplements the day before and the day of
wear non-metal DEXA scan friendly clothing for the bone scan.
- Informed Consent
- Exclusion Criteria
Testimonies from Participants
Excellent! I worried
about my bones for years and the wonderful staff at Tulane confirmed that I
didn't have it! They also gave me info on how to prevent it. Thank You!
I think we should do
what we can to help in the study of any science, that is the reason I
participated and came away with knowledge about my bone structure that I hope
will be useful in the future.
Appreciate the free
bone scan as well as the $25.00 gift card. Thanks to Tulane University.
I am in my early 40's
and the study was a great way for me to get a baseline measure of my bone
density. It was very informative. The staff was friendly and efficient.
It was significant to
help me realize the importance of adding Vit D to my diet and increasing the
amount of calcium I needed. The visit didn't take very long and they kept to
a tight schedule with no waiting. Everyone was knowledgeable and nice to work
Great opportunity to
help the study on osteoporosis. Had a great experience. I learned a lot from
the scan and all the staff. I gave out the flyers I got and spread the word
to others. Thanks!
The scan was very
detailed and receiving a copy of the results was great for showing my
physician. Thanks for the opportunity to participate!
I took part in the
study because a friend from the YMCA told be about it and my mother had
osteoporosis. The staff was friendly and very efficient. I would very much
like to participate in a follow up study.
I found the
information helpful and brought it to my doctor for his records. I am in my
60's and wanted to know my risks and if I needed any type of medication or
supplements to be sure my bones are strong. Great staff and the tests were
quick and easy. Thank you Tulane!
Am glad to participate
in studies like this. Thanks.
I was glad to have the
opportunity to find out how my bones were doing, as my Dr. didn't seem to
think it was necessary & it turns out I do have some bone loss I needed
to know about. So Thanks, Also I found the experience to be pleasant and
helpful. Loved having the results explained and given to me.
I found the Tulane
Bone Study more thorough than any other testing I have had. I do have
osteopenia and appreciated the extra information.
I am very glad I took
part in this study. I learned about my bone health. The staff was pleasant
and helpful. I recommend participation in this study to anyone who wants to
learn about their bone health and to top it off, get $25.
Because I am 71 y/o ,
don't exercise, and eat butter and other high cholesterol foodstuffs with
impunity, I wanted to know just how bad off I am. Fortunately, I'm almost
normal, so I still have time to change. I will contact my sister because she
is a smoker, has uncontrolled Graves disease and is overweight. Since she has
no health insurance or Medicare it is very important for her to have this
My bones are in great
shape as I expected because I 'made life altering change. i would love to
have a follow up in 2 years when I am farther along in my diet and exercise.
What a wonderful
opportunity! The staff was so efficient and polite. Having the information
and explanation of the results was a plus. I was able to bring that
information to my Primary Care Physician.
Thank you and also for
the gift card.
The Tulane Bone Study
was very enlightening for me since I have one arm with osteopenia and the
other normal. Makes one realize that it is important to perform weight
bearing activities for each part of the body. My sister and I participated
and we both have the opportunity to reverse some of these effects.
This was extremely
beneficial to me because I have had bone problems in the past and I now have
no insurance. The staff was cooperative and efficient. It saved me hundreds
of dollars. The scan report is very impressive. I now have a Primary Care
Nurse under LSU Medical Center and she has a copy of it for my records. I am
fortunate to have heard about this on the noon news broadcast. Thanks for
making this available to the public. I have told everyone I know about it. I
also bought a much-needed telephone for my home and it is just what I needed,
but I did without it until the complimentary gift card.
This was an easy
decision to get a free bone scan. It was quick, easy and pleasant staff and
This is a great study.
I highly recommend it.