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Measuring the Thermic Effect of Food

Interested in participating in research on energy expenditure?

Are you between the ages of 18-45?

Is English your primary language?

No known history of diabetes or thyroid problems?

If you answered yes to these questions, you may be eligible for a research study!

The Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion, located in Roanoke, is conducting a research study in which participants will undergo 2 different types of measurements of metabolic rate and drink flavored beverages or consume foods. Your involvement may last between 2-12 weeks.

Participants will:

  • Complete a prescreening survey.
  • Choose the number of beverages/foods and metabolic tests in which they would like to participate (up to 6 beverages or foods and 12 tests)
  • Drink flavored beverages or eat foods while undergoing measurements of metabolic rate

If interested in participating:

Email us at


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


Complete the prescreening survey here.