Ongoing Research Studies

The Center for Health Disparities (CHD) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) benefits from association with two active USU laboratories and from partnerships with a variety of research programs.

A key objective is to support interdisciplinary research programs involving mutually beneficial cooperation between scientists and academics on the one hand, and communities on the other.

These are the studies with whom we work.

Appetite and Attention

THIS STUDY HAS COMPLETED RECRUITING. Please email or call Ms. Spieker for more information about the study. Participants must have been non-smoking, and without major medical or mental health problems (ages 18-60). Participation required a single 3 hour visit to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, in Bethesda, MD during which they filled out questionnaires, performed some tasks on the computer, and taste tested four foods. Height, body weight, and body composition were measured. Participants received $50 compensation for by check approximately 2-3 weeks after study completion. Elena Spieker at You may also call (410) 575-4009. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

POWER-UP: Prevention of Weight Gain and Enhancing Relationships in Underserved Populations

The POWER-UP focus group study is now recruiting! We are interested in speaking with parents and their daughters about topics such as body weight, eating, and communicating in relationships. African American girls ages 12 to 17 who are above average weight and may experience emotional eating, eating more than they want, or eating and not being able to stop are invited to participate in one 1.5 hour group. We are also inviting parents/guardians of girls to participate in a different group on similar topics during a one-time 1.5 hour group. Parents/guardians and teenage girls are not required to participate together. Focus groups will be held at Westat, Inc. in Rockville, MD. Participants may be paid for their time. If you wish to participate in this study or know someone who is eligible for this study, please contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Marian Tanofsky-Kraff at (301) 295-2397 or

Parents of Teens! Concerned about your daughter getting diabetes?

Girls age 12 - 17 years old with at least one family member with type 2 diabetes are invited to participate in a study at the National Institutes of Health aimed at preventing type 2 diabetes. If eligible, girls will attend six 1-hour group sessions and receive monetary compensation over a 1-year follow-up period. For more information, call: 1-800-411-1222 (TTY: 1-866-411-1010) Se habla español or go online, STUDY # 11-CH-0239

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Parents of Teens

Are you concerned about your daughter's eating? Is she above average weight but not yet obese? Consider participating in a study at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Institutes of Health near Washington D.C.

The purpose of the study is to test how effective group programs are in the prevention of excess weight gain. The study is open to girls aged 12-17 years old who are above average weight and report loss of control eating.

Eligible participants will be compensated. For more information, call 800-411-1222 and refer to study 08-CH-0139.

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