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Center for Bioinformatics & Genomics Clinical Recruitment

New Orleans Site:
11th floor
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Tulane University
1440 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: 504-988-1016

Currently Open Studies

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:
    1. Be ≥ 18 years of age.
    2. Be willing to participate in the study and attend exam for bone densitometry, muscle strength measurements and blood draw (20ml).
    3. No severe uncontrolled chronic disease.
  3. Compensation: $25 (gift card) for a one-time visit.

Decoding Methylation Mediated Epigenomic Contributions to Male Osteoporosis

  1. Study Objective: To identify inheritable gene regulatory factors and their affiliated genes associated with osteoporosis, particularly for male osteoporosis.
  2. Inclusion criteria:
    1. Caucasian or African-American males.
    2. Aged 20-50 years.
    3. Be willing to donate 120 ml blood (about 8 tablespoons) and ~0.5 gram stool sample (approximately the size of a green pea).
  3. Compensation: up to $150 Walmart/Amazon Gift Card.

Make Your Appointment:

  1. To schedule an appointment at the New Orleans clinic: Please call (504) 988-1016.
  2. 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.
  3. Important Things to Know:
    1. Please bring your picture identification.
    2. Please withhold any vitamins and supplements the day before and the day of appointment.
    3. Please wear non-metal DEXA scan friendly clothing for the bone scan.


Major Equipment and Facilities:

  • Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) machine - Hologic Discovery A System
  • Phlebotomy
  • Muscle strength measurement


Testimonials from Past 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 with."

"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 study."

"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 environment."

"This is a great study. I highly recommend it."

Example of Study Materials

Below are links to some sample documents to give you an example of the sort of materials you may be asked to review. While these may not be exactly the same as materials for a particular study that we ask you to participate in, they will give you an idea of the way our research is conducted.

  1. Informed Consent Form: Every study will have an Informed Consent Form. It tells participants what the study is about and what they may be asked to do. It also provides information about who to contact if a study participant has any questions or concerns and how the study will protect their privacy. After a potential participant is fully informed of what they may be asked to do, the participant is asked to give their permission for the researchers to conduct the study and use the participants information.
  2. Questionnaire: A study will have a standard set of questions that a participant may be asked to answer. If you choose to participate in a research at the Center for Biosinformatics and Genetics, the study you participate in may ask questions similar to our example study, the Louisiana Osteoporosis Study, or questions that are different. 
  3. Exclusion Criteria: Every study is designed to focus on a particular population to ensure that their findings can be applied to other populations and to avoid certain characteristics that may make the results of the study confusing.