Vegan Research Subjects Needed

Dr. Andreea Soare from Washington University is looking for vegans to be part of their study on diet and gut bacteria. Dr. Soare writes:

If you are interested in participating in this study we will send you at home:
– A revised informed consent for you to read and sign.
– A box with all the materials (small container, etc) and directions needed to obtain and ship a stool sample to us, twice at one month intervals, we may ask you for a third stool sample.

The study is very easy and noninvasive (and you do not have to travel to St.Louis):
– We will ask you to do a 7-day food diary record previously of every stool collection.
– We will send you a box with instructions on how to collect the stool sample. Once the collection has been done, you can send it back to us via FedEx (we will pay for FedEx service).

Inclusion and Exclusion criteria for the study are:
– You have to be free of any chronic disease and to have followed the vegan diet for at least 3 years.
– No exclusively raw diets.
– If you took an antibiotic in the previous 3 months, we need to postpone the stool collection.

If you are interested in taking part of the study “Long-term effects of calorie restriction in humans: comparison to usual USA diet, exercise training, or a vegan diet”, in order to get started, we need your current address where we can mail the box, your birth date, age, gender, race, dietary history (how long are you on vegan diet), gastro-intestinal disease history and if you took any antibiotics in the last 3 months.

Andreea Soare, MD
Washington University
660 S. Euclid Eve. – Campus Box 8113
St Louis, MO, 63110-1093

Tel. +1-314-362-2394
Fax. +1-314-747-1050


6 Responses to “Vegan Research Subjects Needed”

  1. jose Says:

    should i email or call if i want to participate?

  2. Jack Norris RD Says:


    I’m sure either way is fine.

  3. Lisa A. Says:

    Are those two separate studies? One on diet and gut bacteria and one on long-term effects of calorie restriction in humans?

  4. Jack Norris RD Says:

    I think it’s one study. They consider a vegan diet a low-calorie diet.

  5. Ariann Says:

    I guess they don’t know the vegans I know!

  6. Sam Says:

    Most of the vegans I know eat upwards of 3000 calories a day! Ha!

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