USARIEM seeking volunteers for nutrition and immune function study
The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine scientists are conducting on-site laboratory studies focusing on nutrition and immune function in Natick, Massachusetts. This study is actively seeking healthy males and females, 18 to 39 years old, from the general population to volunteer.
The studies assess how body composition influences immune function. Led by Dr. Tracy Smith, Supervisory Research Physiologist and Deputy Chief for USARIEM's Military Nutrition Division, the studies examine the complex role nutrition plays in optimizing health.
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For more information Military personnel and Civilians Needed for Nutrition Research Study.
Laboratory-based studies, such as this, offer military nutrition scientists the capability of controlling dietary intake and physiological stressors, such as amount or type of study exercise, in ways that cannot be done in military training and other real-world situations.
Study team members carefully review the requirements with prospective research volunteers during the recruitment process. The knowledge from this study will ultimately benefit the Warfighter however, military personnel are not the only individuals benefiting from and participating in MND-led research.
The careful execution of this research guided by nutrition experts will provide information that can apply to future field research and eventually used to develop ration products, menus, policies and feeding guidelines. USARIEM provides solutions through its research to optimize Warfighter health and performance in various operational settings. As the Army's trusted leader in biomedical research, one of USARIEM's specialized areas of expertise is military nutrition.
Military nutrition informs the biomedical scientific basis for developing new rations, menus, nutrition policies, and programs that enable Warfighter health-readiness and optimal performance. Within this area, researchers examine how the unique physiological demands facing military personnel impact their nutritional requirements and performance outcomes.
USARIEM is a subordinate command of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command under the Army Futures Command. USARIEM is internationally recognized as the DOD's premier laboratory for Warfighter health and performance research and focuses on environmental medicine, physiology, physical and cognitive performance, and nutrition research. Located at the Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts, USARIEM's mission is to optimize Warfighter health and performance through medical research.