Almond Immune Study Participants Needed

Thanks for your interest in the Almond Immune Study. This study will test the health benefits of almonds. Almonds will be available in raw or dry roasted form. The primary goal of this study is to determine whether eating almonds daily for 28 weeks can improve immunity and how well the body responds to influenza vaccine in older men and post-menopausal women.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is eligible for the study?

Investigators are looking for  men and post-menopausal women who are 40-70 years of age, living close to Loma Linda area, who can commute to the Nutrition Research Center in Loma Linda University. Volunteers must not be sensitive or allergic to nuts. If you have any autoimmune disease (like rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis etc.) or any severe kidney or liver disease, you may not be eligible for the study.

What is expected of participants?

Participants must be willing to commit for a duration of 28 weeks. During this time, participants are expected to attend all scheduled meetings and visits. Participants must be equally willing to consume almonds or abstain from eating them  while continuing their usual diet and other routines or lifestyle habits.  Participants will also be asked to restrict the consumption of other nuts for the duration of the study.

How can I participate?

You can let us know if you are interested in the study by any of the following 3 ways::

  1. Fill out the screening form.
  2. Send us an email to almondstudy@llu.edu
  3. Call us at 909-558-8382
     

How long will the study last?

The study will last for 28 weeks (7 months) starting from the start to finish. Participants are expected to visit the clinic 7 times during the study (about once a month). At these visits, almonds  will be provided (if you are randomized to the almond group), body measurements including height, weight and body composition will be taken. Participants will also be completing some questionnaires. During three of these visits, blood samples will be collected from all participants.

Will it cost me anything?

There is NO cost to the participants for any of the study-associated intervention or tests. In fact, as an incentive, participants will receive the results of their body composition assessment, which will be performed by a state-of-the-art body impendence analyzer. In addition, participants will receive $200 as a compensation at the end of the study, upon successful completion of all study protocols.  

Required Dates

Dates will be provided soon 

Who is conducting the study?

This study is one of the many dietary studies conducted by a team of nutrition researchers at Loma Linda University. The protocol of Almond Study is approved by Institutional Review Board (IRB), which is the independent committee of physicians and public health professionals, to make sure that there is no harm toward participants and possible benefits, not only for participants, but also for others in the future.

Dr. Joan Sabaté

Dr. Joan Sabaté

Nutritionist, Principal Investigator

Dr. Joan Sabate is a Professor of Nutrition and Director of the Center for Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyle and Disease Prevention at Loma Linda University School of Public Health. He is the Principle Investigator of the study. He is a leading researcher in nutrition. He has several decades of experience in conducting clinical trials on the benefits of many plant foods including nuts, avocado, and soybean. He has also directed considerable research in the area of Vegetarian Nutrition in the prevention of chronic diseases and the Environmental impact of vegetarian diets. He has authored more than 150 research articles many of them in high-impact journals

Dr. Sujatha Rajaram

Dr. Sujatha Rajaram

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, CO-INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Sujatha Rajaram, is an Associate Professor of Nutrition at Loma Linda University School of Public Health. She is a Co-Investigator for the Almond Study.  She has contributed significantly to the research activities at the Center for Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyle and Disease Prevention. She has served as both principal investigator and co-investigator on several clinical trials, specifically feeding studies on tree nuts, and plant omega-3 fatty acids with respect to cardiometabolic disease outcomes and healthy aging.

Dr. Ella Haddad

Dr. Ella Haddad

Registered Dietician

Dr. Ella Haddad is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Director of the MS Nutrition program at Loma Linda University School of Public Health. She is the co-investigator of this study. She is a Registered Dietitian who managed many clinical feeding trials conducted by the team. She is also a nutritional biochemist and instrumental in facilitating the laboratory research for the studies.

Dr. Ifeanyi Nwachukwu

Dr. Ifeanyi Nwachukwu

Assistant Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry

Dr. Ifeanyi Nwachukwu is an Assistant Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry in the School of Public Health, Loma Linda University. He is one of the co-investigators for this study. Dr. Nwachukwu earned a PhD in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba and worked briefly as a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Ottawa before joining LLU. He has authored/co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications. His most recent works were focused on the health-promoting properties of plant food protein-derived bioactive peptides.

Amandeep Kaur

Amandeep Kaur

RESEARCH MANAGER

Amandeep Kaur is a Research Manager at the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. She did her Master’s in Public Health at SPH. She has been working with the PI of the Almond study, Dr. Sabate, and the nutrition research team for the past five years. She has expertise in coordinating and managing the conduct of clinical trials. She has been involved with larger clinical trials like the Habitual Diet and Avocado Trail, which was a multi-center trial (UCLA, Tufts University, Penn State and Loma Linda University) with over a 1000 participants .She was the main coordinator for the Loma Linda site during the trial. Her role in Almond Study will include among other things, the coordination of recruitment and selection of participants, clinic visits, and data collection and management.

Dr. Rawiwan Sirirat

Dr. Rawiwan Sirirat

Research Associate

Dr. Rawiwan Sirirat is a research associate at Nutrition Research Center. She is a Registered Dietitian with doctoral degree of public health in Nutrition. Her main interest is in nutrition epidemiology. Dr. Sirirat has accumulated research experience over the years via multiple clinical trials as well as a large cohort study. Her experiences include nutrition data collections, quality control of the data as well as nutrition data management. She is also well acquainted with laboratory analyses of nutrition biomarkers, bio specimen processing and handling. She will be primarily involved in data and bio specimen collection and handling in this study.

Raquel Martinez

Raquel Martinez

Ph.D. STUDENT

Raquel Martinez is a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Public Health in Nutrition. She is currently a Ph.D. student in nutrition at Loma Linda University's School of Public Health. One of her main interests includes evidence-based nutrition education to help foster healthy eating habits.