General Participant Information

Introduction

Information regarding experiments during the FAT LAB exhibition at the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, May 16th – June 29th 2014.

Research Team: Science Gallery Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Jennifer Fortune, Department of Physiotherapy, School of Medicine, Trinity Biosciences Institute,TCD: Joanne Lysaght, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine,TCD: David Hevey, Department of Psychology,TCD:Laura Twomey, Johann Issartel, School of Health & Human Performance, Faculty of Science and Health, DCU.

FAT LAB Participant panel

You have received this information leaflet form because you have indicated that you wish to take part in experiments conducted during the FAT LAB exhibition at the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin. FAT LAB is delivered by Science Gallery in partnership with Trinity Biosciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin.

The experiments explore different aspects of the theme of FAT, using simple computerized tests, questionnaires and scale ratings, fitness tests and measurement of various physiological parameters. These hands-on, real data collecting experiments are connecting with research groups working in the area of nutrition, obesity and food and health research - in Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, TCD; School of Medicine, TCD; Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and School of Psychology; School of Health and Human Performance, Dublin City University. These will include research currently being carried out in the areas of sensory motor perception and coordination, changing physiological parameters in response to activity levels, energy expenditure, fitness, obesity and cognition, and on the type of food we eat as well as body image and perception of obesity.The experiments will explore these relationships across the lifespan - young adults (18 years and up), middle aged and older people.

If you wish to take part in these experiments please read this leaflet carefully to make sure you fully understand the nature of the experiments being conducted. After reading this leaflet and if you still wish take part in experiments in FAT LAB you will need to register to take part in FAT LAB experiments. You can come back to Science Gallery FAT LAB exhibition to consent to take part 7 days after receiving all the information about the nature of FAT LAB experiments.

Part of one of  the experiments involves use of a device which uses a tiny electrical impulse through the body (bioelectrical impedence). Visitors with electrical medical implants,pacemakers or similar devices are excluded from taking part in this.

This registration process requests you complete a General Consent form and General Questionnaire  to take part in FAT LAB. You will then be provided with a unique Participant ID number to use in order to take part in any experiments. An individual Participant information Leaflet and Measurement Consent form is also available to sign, for each for each experiment you wish to take part in.You are under no obligation to take part in any experiments in FAT LAB.

Any information provided will remain anonymous and will be securely stored on a remote server and access will be given to only researchers involved in this project and for this project only.

As you walk around the gallery you will see that there are a variety of different experiments being conducted. A mediator will be available at each experiment station to explain what experiments are being conducted and to answer any questions you may have.

 

PLEASE NOTE RESEARCH RESULTS TAKE TIME TO PROCESS AND WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU SPECIFIC INDIVIDUAL FEEDBACK AFTER EVERY EXPERIMENT. FEEDBACK OR RESULTS CANNOT BE EMAILED TO ANY PARTICIPANTS DUE TO THE ANONYMOUS NATURE OF THE STUDY.

There is a 7 day reflection period of time from receiving this information and consenting to take part in the FAT LAB experiments.

Please note that if English is not your first language or if you have difficulty understanding the nature of any element of the experiments being carried out, the Science Gallery mediator team will be able to explain any specific exclusion criteria to you.

Contact emails for researchers:

Jennifer Fortune (fortunej@tcd.ie), Joanne Lysaght (jlysaght@tcd.ie), David Hevey (heveydt@tcd.ie),Laura Twomey (twomey.laura@gmail.com), Johann Issartel (johann.issartel@dcu.ie)