Gut peptide study needs healthy female volunteers without a history of an eating disorder

Healthy female volunteers age 13-70 without a history of an eating disorder are needed at JHMI East Baltimore campus.

Participants will be compensated $200 for three in-person visits: Visit (1) 0.5 hr eligibility screen that includes drinking an Ensure, Visit (2) 3.5 hr visit includes blood draws and computer tasks, and Visit (3) 0.5 hr MRI scan (~5 hrs total).

This research study is looking at how the gastrointestinal response to food (Ensure) contributes to the maintenance of anorexia nervosa. At all three visits, participants will be asked to consume an Ensure. An IV will be used to collect blood samples at multiple timepoints over the course of 3 hours (Visit 2). In between the blood collection intervals, participants will be given questionnaires to answer. A couple of weeks following the draw, an MRI scan will be conducted (Visit 3).

If you are interested in participating, call 443-287-6853 or email with the subject line "Gut Peptide Study."

Principal Investigator: Dr. Kimberly Smith, IRB# 00214417