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Human Subject Research Opportunities

Human participants are critical to the success of our research studies. Human Physiology studies cover a wide variety of research of the human body.

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Acute Hot Tub Study

We are currently recruiting healthy paraplegic individuals for a study investigating the acute effects of hot tubbing. The study involves one screening session (60 min) and one experimental session (up to 3 hours), which includes 60 min in a hot tub. Subjects must be fasted from food and caffeine on study day and must refrain from all over-the-counter medications and exercise for 24 hours.

Upon participation, subjects will be compensated up to $40.

Eligible? Spinal cord injury at T4 or below (paraplegic; motor complete), Ages 18-50; no smoking, heart disease or other chronic diseases; women must not be pregnant or currently breast-feeding; men must not be undergoing treatment to increase sperm counts

If you are interested in participating, please contact Emily Larson via Email: or phone: 541‐346‐4507

EMG Analysis of Scapular Stabilizer Muscles

We are currently recruiting healthy and active 18-28 year old individuals for participation in a single session where you perform shoulder exercises while connected to surface electromyography (EMG) sensors that record how much your muscles activate.

If you’re interested in athletic training, physical therapy, rehabilitative careers, and/or Graduate/Professional School, you may enjoy being a part of this research! We can be flexible and find a time for your voluntary session that suits your schedule!

If you are interested in participating, please contact Jamie Destache via Email:

Hot Tub Study for Women

The DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY at the UNIVERSITY OF OREGON is currently recruiting women with a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 30-45 for a study investigating the effects of long-term heat exposure on cardiovascular and metabolic health.

The study involves sitting in a hot tub 3-4 times per week for 8-10 weeks (one hour per session), with testing at the beginning, middle, and end of the 8 weeks to look at possible changes in cardiovascular and metabolic health.


  • Female
  • Between age 18-40
  • Body mass index (BMI) between 30-45 kg/m2
  • No smoking, heart disease, or diabetes (slightly high blood pressure and pre-diabetes are okay)
  • Not pregnant or currently breast feeding



  • Screening session (<1 hour)
  • 30 heating sessions over 8-10 weeks (1-1.5 hours each)
  • 8 experimental sessions: 3 prior to and 3 following the 8-10 weeks of heating, 2 after 4-5 weeks of heating (2-4 hours each).


If interested please contact Brett Ely, M.S. at

Upon participation in this study, subjects will be compensated for their time up to $400.