Physiological and Behavioral Regulation of Feeding After Spinal Cord Injury

Status: Not yet recruiting
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Intervention Type: Other
Study Type: Interventional
Study Phase: Not Applicable

The overall purpose of this research is to understand the reasons why persons with spinal cord injuries eat more calories than they need to burn, stay alive, and function. This research will investigate how quickly food moves through a participant's body, the hormones in the participant's body that control energy and digestion, and a participant's impressions of hunger after eating a meal. This will be compared in persons with and without a spinal cord injury.

Participation Requirements
Sex: All
Minimum Age: 18
Healthy Volunteers: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

• Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Participants:

• Adults (≥ 18 years) with tetraplegia (C5-C8) or paraplegia (T1-L2) SCI

• Chronic SCI, denoted as ≥ 12 months post-injury

• American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale164 A, B, and C

• Persons with tetraplegia self-report they are able to feed themselves

• Self-report on a bowel care program every-other-day

• English speaking

• Control Group (Healthy) Participants:

• Adults (≥ 18 years) without a SCI (will be sex- and age-matched to persons with SCI)

• English speaking

United States
University of Miami
Contact Information
Gary J Farkas, PhD
Dinorah Rodriguez, BSN
Time Frame
Start Date: November 1, 2022
Estimated Completion Date: August 8, 2024
Target number of participants: 32
Experimental: Spinal Cord Injury Group
Participants who have a spinal cord injury will receive two meals on two separate visits between five to seven days.
Active Comparator: Control Group
Participants without a spinal cord injury will receive two meals on two separate visits between five to seven days.
David R Gater, Mark S Nash, Gary J Farkas
Collaborators: The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
Leads: University of Miami

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