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Center For Health Behaviors Research — Metabolism and Food Reward Study

Flavor drink

The Center for Health Behaviors Research at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, located in Roanoke, is conducting a 6-7 week research study in which participants will drink flavored beverages, consume a diet provided by the research study for 4 days, and have their blood sugar levels and metabolic rates measured. 

For this study, participants will:

  • Participate for 6-7 weeks
  • Drink sweetened beverages at specified times at home
  • Consume beverages or foods while undergoing measurements of metabolic rate and having blood drawn
  • Consume a controlled diet provided by the research study for 4 days
  • Undergo an fMRI scan

Participants will be compensated up to $300 for participation.

If interested in participating, you can: 

If interested in participating in this study:

Email us at

Call 540-526-2174 and speak with research staff.

Complete the screening survey.