Involvement Opportunities

  • Participants Needed for KSI Dehydration Study

    VOLUNTEER STUDY PARTICIPANTS WANTED for a paid research study being completed by the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut. 


    Primary Study Purpose: To investigate the dose-dependent influence of a commercially available sodium bicarbonate lotion (AMP Human PR Lotion; on measurements of hydration (i.e., urine and blood samples), fluid regulation, cardiovascular functioncognition, and stress biomarkers with or without fluid consumption during exposure to heat stress. 

    Secondary Study Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of a disposable biosensor (Nix, Inc. Biosensor; on measurements of hydration (i.e., urine and blood samples), fluid regulation, cognition, and sweat kinetics with or without fluid consumption during exposure to heat stress. 

    Tertiary Study Purpose: To measure the differences in improvement regarding hydration (i.e., urine and blood samples), stress, fatigue, balance, and musculoskeletal strength and endurance with the implementation of an amino-acid beverage focused rehydration protocol after the completion of exercise performed in the heat. 

    Eligibility Requirements: 

    • Healthy males between the ages of 18 – 45 years old 

    • Recreationally active individuals (confirmed with VO2max minimum of 45 ml/kg/min) with no prior history of adverse reactions to the heat 

    • Body Mass Index of ≤28 

    • Must be comfortable with the completion of multiple blood draws  

    Participants should expect to complete approximately 31 hours of data collection over 16 separate visits with tasks that will be completed both within the laboratory and at home. This study was approved by UConn IRB, Protocol #21-0054 under the advisement of Principal Investigator Dr. Douglas Casa. 

    For more information, contact: Jeb Struder at

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