Human Ingestive Behaviour (Kissileff) Laboratory

Study Participant Information

Welcome to the volunteer information page. The information included is designed to help both current study participants and potential participants. If you think anything is missing please tell us. We are also happy to have face to face chats. Both Students and Staff are welcome to participate in our studies. If we need to recruit for a specific study we generally advertise for volunteers within the University via posters round the campus, email, staff and students magazines. However those not connected directly to the University are also welcome. Sometimes we will also advertise in the local press. Our colleagues in local NHS trusts may also recruit volunteers for us.

Am I suitable?

We welcome volunteers above the age of 18, of both sexes, of any ethnic background, either normal weight, over weight or obese, who are in good health. The advertisements for specific studies will detail the type of volunteers we are looking for at any given time.

What is involved in a Study?

The first step is to contact the laboratory. If we have any studies needing volunteers we will give you a brief outline of the study and ask you a few questions. Differing studies often require different types of people. You may not be suitable for the current study. If this is the case we will ask if you wish your name and contact details to be kept on file for future studies.

If you are suitable for the current study, we will then ask you if you wish to become a volunteer. When volunteering for a study you will be asked to come to the laboratory for a screening session. During this you will be asked to fill out a number of questionnaire. You height and weight may also be taken (certain studies may require a medical examination but this is the exception not the norm). You will be given a study number, and a volunteer number. Please remember these in case you need to contact us.

You will then be given a number of appointments (dates and times - generally on no more than four separate days). These will normally be the same days and times each week to fit in as much as possible with your schedule. On these occasions you will come to the Kissileff Laboratory at certain times (generally meal times). You may also be given diaries to fill in and instructions to follow the night before and/or the morning of an appointment day.

On study days you will come to the laboratory to have a meal or meals, fill out some more questionnaires and/or perform some tests. The rest of the day you will be free to carry on your studies or work as normal. You may also be given some questionnaires to take away with you to complete at differing times during a study day.

Once a study has been completed we will invite you back to the laboratory and we will explain its purpose. You will have the opportunity to ask us any questions and provide us with your comments and feedback.


If you are interested in volunteering to take part in a study please
leave a voice mail message on: 0151 794 1454 (24 hour answer phone)

Please leave the following details

  1. Your full name (please spell any difficult names).
  2. Age and gender.
  3. Sufficient contact details such as email (please spell any difficult or unusual e-mail addresses) and phone numbers (daytime and evening and preferred times of contact).
  4. An address if you wish.

Missing or Changing Appointments

We understand it is not always possible to meet appointment times. If you find you cannot make an appointment please inform the laboratory as soon as possible. We can then arrange a more suitable time for you. Again, if you need to withdraw from a study could you please inform us before your next appointment. Please contact us on the following numbers:

Phone / Voice mail: 0151 794 1454 (24hr answer phone)

Please give

  1. Your full name (please spell any difficult names).
  2. The time and date of the appointment you missing.
  3. The name/number of the study you are currently participating in and your volunteer number.
  4. Contact details such as email and phone numbers (unless you are withdrawing).


We actively encourage participation in our studies. However, for your own safety it is essential you inform the researcher of any food allergies AND any relevant medical conditions (e.g. epilepsy) before a study commences ( this will be treated in confidence see below). Moreover, if you are currently taking any prescription medications (i.e. drugs) it may not be appropriate for you to take part in a study at this time. Certain foodstuffs can interact to produce side effects with or undermine the effect of a drug (e.g. fruit juices can interfere with anti-depressant medication). If you are unsure we recommend you discuss this with your own Doctor.

Such conditions do not necessarily mean you will be excluded from participating in a study. Moreover, in the unlikely case that it does there may be other studies you could participate in. If you have any special needs please contact us and we will try and accommodate them.

General Information

Studies in the Kissileff laboratory are performed to enhance scientific knowledge and to promote good health. Some studies may also examine new ways of treating specific medical conditions.

All data is held in accordance with the Data protection act and is handled and stored in a way to ensure the anonymity and confidentiality of all those who participated. The data will not be passed on to any third party without obtaining permission from all those involved beforehand (i.e. each volunteer). Studies are designed to conform to both national and institutional codes of conduct and ethics to ensure the safety and comfort of all those involved. Volunteers do have the right to withdrawal from a study at any time.

We will try and inform volunteers as much as possible about the nature of the study before it starts. You will be fully debriefed about the nature of the study once you have completed it. You will then be given the opportunity to provide us with feedback on the study and your experience of it. We take your opinions very seriously and will try and act upon your comments to improve future studies.

We respectfully ask that you don’t tell other volunteers still participating in the same study the nature of the study.

If you have any questions we will be more than happy to discuss them with you.