One example of CTRAL’s outreach efforts include community presentations to various organizations.  Presentations have been made to the Rotary and Lion’s Club of Caldwell, participants of Forevercise, and luncheon groups at the Caldwell Senior Center.  We have also presented to members of the Better Breathers Club whose goal is to support patients and caregivers affected by chronic lung diseases such as COPD.  If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your group, send email request to
In celebration of the newly opened Human Clinical Research Facility (HCRF), CTRAL hosted a participant open house in addition to the Grand Opening for anyone who wished to tour and view the new addition to the department.  Many faculty from the university, along with President Young and Congressman Flores, were able to tour the facility and commemorate the work that CTRAL has done and will continue to do.
A recent community outreach that CTRAL participated in was the College Station 2018 Senior Games.  This event encourages the senior citizen population to engage in a healthy lifestyle both physically and socially through recreational competitions.  The message of the games is a cause dear to CTRAL’s mission, hence the staff was eager to take part by providing wellness measurements. These assessments comprised of handgrip strength, body composition, and nutrition information in relation to protein intake.  The faculty genuinely enjoyed having the opportunity to interact with the senior population to convey a message that has a direct impact on the participants that walk through our doors.
The volunteer participants are vital to our mission and research.  With a tremendous amount of dedication from the faculty and willingness of those volunteers, CTRAL enrolled participants in 16 different trials.  Several new trials were submitted for funding proposals and continue to be under development.
CTRAL continues to promote and recruit for studies through mass emails, flyers, and community outreach efforts.  Spreading the word about CTRAL and our mission to friends and family is appreciated. Make sure to like our facebook page ( to keep up with CTRAL events and share with your family and friends! We look forward to another eventful year here at CTRAL and with the help of our participants hope to continue advancing our research!

Ongoing Trials

All of our studies begin with a screening visit (approx. 1-2 hours), followed by one or more study days (approx 5-9 hours) due to intake of nutritional supplements or exercise intervention.

For subjects with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and matched healthy volunteers, these studies include:

–Nutritional supplementation in patient with stable COPD and in those recovering from an acute exacerbation of COPD: the effects on metabolism and –clinical status

–Effects of oral nutritional supplement and acute resistance exercise in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

–Effects of low dose of Fish Oil (EPA+DHA) vs. combined EPA+DHA and HMB supplementation on protein metabolism, muscle mass and functional capacity in moderate to severe COPD

–The effects of acute resistance exercise on protein and amino acid metabolism in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

–Skeletal muscle response to leg exercise in subjects with and without COPD

–Fiber metabolism in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

We also have studies focusing on other chronic conditions and healthy volunteers including:

–Omics Profiling of the Response to Food and Variability of Weight Loss with Bariatric Surgery

–Omics Profiling of the Response to Food and Variability of Weight Loss in Medically Supervised Very Low-Calorie Diet

–Daytime Sleep in Subjects with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

–The relation between the meal macronutrient distribution and plasma metabolites to model the composition of meals of patients with diabetes II and cardiovascular disease

Our team is always coming up with new ideas and working on new projects. Keep an eye out for additional opportunities in the coming year!

If you or someone you know is interested, please contact us

Phone: 979-422-1789 (call or text)


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