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Earn £30 and learn about your body composition: research study recruiting South Asian women

20 January 2016

Are you a female of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Sri Lankan ancestry, and between the ages of 20 and 28? And are you interested in finding out more about your body composition - how much lean and fat tissue you have in your body? If so, take part in this PhD research study which aims to gain a better understanding of the relationships between fat and muscle in the body, and how these relationships are shaped in early development and may influence metabolic disease risk.

Body composition study  

Several measurements will allow us to assess body composition, including an MRI scan and measures of body density, body water, and resting energy expenditure.

Joining the study will involve a visit to the UCL Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital, which is minutes from Russell Square Underground station and UCL main campus. 

The visit will take approximately 4 hours, including a break for food and drink, which we will provide. If more convenient, two separate, shorter visits can be arranged.

Those who take part will be reimbursed £30 for their time, and any travel costs will also be reimbursed.

If you are interested, please get in touch for further information via meghan.shirley.13@ucl.ac.uk or on 07923 691 733.

This study is conducted by Meghan Shirley, PhD student, UCL Institute of Child Health, and supervisors Jonathan Wells and Chris Clark. The study has received ethical approval from an NHS Research Ethics Committee, ID number: 14/LO/1684. 

Meghan Shirley
UCL Institute of Child Health