Welcome 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)
Current studies which require volunteers
- Understanding what consumers think about meat - Join our focus groups.
- Berry Healthy Heart Study - Volunteer to help us find out how berries help the heart.
- Buck Food Study - Join our study to assess the effect of a buckwheat beverage on glucose metabolism.
- FADiets - Do food additives impact on gut and metabolic health?
- Right Whey Study - We are looking for volunteers to study how a whey-based drink can improve your digestion.
- Enterobiotix Study -we are looking for healthy volunteers to donate their stool to create a life changing treatment for people suffering from recurrent C.difficile infection.
- Bean Good Study - see if broad bean hull can be used as a novel functional food
- Womb to WEAN - Are you interested in learning about how the foods you eat during pregnancy might affect the foods your baby prefers during infancy?
- PRECISE Study - PRECISion nutrition approach to balance metabolic health with Extracts.
- Wholegrain Study - Explore how wholegrain compounds can make your blood vessels more healthy.
- Shake up your AGE - Help us to find out if some processed foods can influence how you function
- Meal Time Study- Volunteers required for a 10 week weight loss study
- VegGI Study - We are interested in understanding the health benefits of eating vegetables.
- Sweet Tooth - 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.
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.