Current Studies

research1Head, Neck, and Breast Cancer

The UAB Division of Otolaryngology, UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care, and University Center for Exercise Medicine (UCEM) Core Muscle Research Laboratory are sponsoring a pilot exercise trial evaluating a novel exercise prescription for Head, Neck, or Breast cancer patients that is designed to determine the effects of radiation and chemotherapy on muscle strength of the upper extremity and other disease-related symptoms.  Each participatant will exercise under full supervision three days per week at UAB. 

To participate in this study, candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Adults 19 years or older with Head, Neck, or Breast cancer
  • Able to attend 3 exercise sessions per week at UAB for 8 weeks
  • Must pass pre-exercise screening


For more information, please contact Craig Tuggle at 205-975-6231 or by email at tugg12@uab.edu.


Spinal Cord Injury
The Center for Exercise Medicine (UCEM) Core Muscle Research Laboratory are sponsoring a novel combination exercise program vs. HP diet on body composition and metabolic health in SCI individuals with type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance.  Each participatant will exercise under full supervision three days per week at UAB. 
To participate in this study, candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Individuals must have complete or incomplete spinal cord injury (tetraplegia or paraplegia)
  • Able to attend 3 exercise sessions per week at UAB for 8 weeks
  • Must be manual wheelchair users

For more information, please contact Ceren Yarar-Fiser at 205-996-7938 or by email at cyarar@uab.edu.



Exercise Intensity Study

 An Exercise Intensity Study is being conducted by the UAB Departments of Human Studies and Nutrition Sciences.  To participate in this 20 week study, candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Caucasian or African-American Women between the ages of 21-40
  • Be available for four one night overnight stays at UAB over the course of the study
  • Willing to participate in an exercise program that will consist of bike riding and treadmill walking

If you are diabetic, smoke, or are more than moderately overweight, you will not qualify. Participants may improve their fitness level and receive information that includes daily caloric expenditure, physical fitness level, bone density, and body fat composition.  You may be compensated for your time.  For more information or to sign up for the study, please contact Brandon Kane at 205-975-3806 or by email at kane0032@uab.edu.



TIGER Study

TIGER Study -

The TIGER Study is designed to investigate how variation in DNA sequence may influence levels of body fatness and fitness both prior to and following a 30-week exercise program.  We are looking to enroll men and women who meet the following criteria:

  • Between the ages of 18-35 yrs
  • Healthy
  • Fairly sedentary for at least 30 days prior to joining the study
  • Motivated to exercise!

If you are an actively competing UAB athlete or member of the ROTC, have an adverse medical history or should not exercise (as determined by your doctor), have a known metabolic disorder that may alter body composition (e.g., hypothyroidism), and are pregnant or lactating – you will not qualify for the study.  For more information, please visit our website at www.tigerstudy.org.  For questions or to sign up to be a participant, please contact Matt Herring at 205-975-8262 or by email at mph8@uab.edu.


Guys: Are you ages 17-22? Inactive? Slightly overweight? (BMI 25-35)

Participants will be randomly assigned to short bursts of high intensity exercise or moderate exercise.

  • ·Compensated up to $600   
  • ·6 weeks of workouts           
  • ·Work out 3 or 5 days/wk (20-60 min)      
  • ·6 clinic visits for lab tests (morning)
  • ·Total 8 week commitment
  • ·On UAB campus (Webb Bldg)

Please call for further information 975-9273

Please know your current weight.