Volunteer for our Nutrition Studies

Sylvia_StephenWelcome to the Human Nutrition Unit (HNU) based at The Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen. Here, we run a variety of human nutrition studies for which volunteers are needed.

The HNU was established in 1986 to provide a metabolic research facility to study the relationship between diet and health in humans. Find out what it’s like to be a volunteer watch our videos below.

Find out more about the studies currently being conducted in the Unit and how to participate - see study list below. You can also read our volunteers newsletter.

Sylvia Stephen (HNU Manager)

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Our Facebook page

Like our volunteer Facebook page to keep up-to-date with all the latest studies and join our Facebook community.

Current Studies which require volunteers


  • Big Breakfast Study - Volunteers needed for a 10-week weight loss study.
  • Flavour Study - Do you struggle to eat 5-a- day? Help us establish the acceptance and taste profile of fruit and vegetable containing foods with diverse flavours.
  • Nutritional Labelling Study - Help us understand how consumers think about food and nutritional information.
  • ADAPT Study - Volunteers needed to take part in a study investigating the effects of a dietary supplement on the recovery from exercise.
  • FISH MEAL Study - Help us investigate the long term beneficial effects of eating mackerel fish.

  • Interested in Sugar? - Volunteers required for a study looking at how sugar habits develop over time.
  • Zinc in Potatoes (ZiP study) - Male and female volunteers needed investigate whether eating naturally zinc-enriched potatoes can improve health.
  • Is this the right WHEY? - Can after-meal blood sugar levels be lowered with a shot of whey protein. 
  • ThermicFoods Study - We require volunteers for a study looking at how Scottish plant foods affect weight control

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What's involved?

Find out about what's involved as a study volunteer.

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Our investigators

Meet our dedicated team of researchers.

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Open evenings

We run informal open evenings. If you would like to be notified of these, please email hnu@abdn.ac.uk

Please Note: Although we are a nutrition research unit we are unable to provide advice on diet to individuals not currently participating in any of the studies. If you are concerned about your diet, please consult your GP.