Nutritional Research Study

Great Lakes Clinical Trials is looking for male and female volunteers between the ages of 18 and 79 for an investigational research study involving the daily consumption of 4 servings of a variety of muffins and rolls containing either corn oil or coconut oil over two 4-week periods.

What is the Purpose of this Study?

The main objective of this trial is to study the effects of corn oil and coconut oil on your cholesterol measurements (lipid profile). Certain components of your lipid profile are the most commonly used markers used to determine a person’s risk of having cardiovascular disease. Researchers will also study the effects of the corn and coconut oils on your blood insulin levels and markers of inflammation.

If you take part in this study, you have an equal chance (like flipping a coin) of getting one of the following during the first treatment period:

  • Study Foods made with Corn Oil
  • Study Foods made with Coconut Oil

What is my time commitment to the study?

You will be asked to visit our clinic on 7 occasions over approximately 3 months. The study visits will last between 30 and 120 minutes.

Is there a Study Stipend?

There is no cost for participation in this study. All tests and procedures are free of charge and we do not bill insurance. For your participation you will receive $10 for the initial screening visit, $15 to complete the screening visit, $100 for visits 2 and 4, $50 for visits 3, 5, and 6, and $150 for visit 7 for a total of $525 for completing the trial.

You may be able to participate if you:

  • are between 18-79 years old
  • have elevated cholesterol levels
  • are willing to consume study-related foods (muffins and rolls) daily, during two 4-week test periods
  • are able to visit our clinic 7 times over approximately 2 months

Note that other entry criteria will apply and can be discussed with our study staff.

If you are interested in joining this trial, visit our website at or call our site directly at (773) 275-3500 to speak with one of our staff members today.