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Healthy Volunteers Needed for Study on Eating Disorders

St. Patrick's Mental Health Services

About St. Patrick's Mental Health Services

St. Patrick's Mental Health Services is Ireland’s largest, independent, not-for-profit mental health service and aspires to be the recognised leader in:
1. the provision of quality mental health care
2. the promotion of mental health awareness
3. the protection of the rights and integrity of those experiencing mental health difficulties

What's Involved

We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers based at St Patrick's University Hospital and Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. Our research aims to better our understanding of eating disorders and the impact that these disorders have on the ageing process.

We are currently looking for healthy volunteers to help us with our study: Impact of Eating Disorders on Biological Ageing. In this study, healthy volunteers will act as controls; a comparison group to the participants with a diagnosis of an eating disorder.

We are looking for volunteers who are:
(1) Aged 18+
(2) BMI between 18.5 - 25.0
(3) Willing to provide a blood sample
(4) Have no history of psychiatric illness including substance dependence.

Healthy volunteers will be asked to attend St Patrick's Mental Health Services to meet with a doctor on the research team and provide a fasting blood sample. Participants will then be asked to complete a clinical assessment with the doctor. The entire process is expected to last no more than 90 minutes.
Every attempt will be made to ensure that meetings are scheduled to suit the needs of the participants and reimbursements for travel costs will be made available.

We hope that this study will help clarify the biological effects of eating disorders upon the body with regards to the ageing process.

What's required for this position

We are looking for volunteers who are:
(1) Aged 18+
(2) BMI between 18.5 - 25.0
(3) Willing to provide a blood sample
(4) Have no history of psychiatric illness including substance dependence.

  • Fitness/ Health/ Beauty
  • Research/ Journalism/ Media

Level of English required for this role:
Fluent English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: Once Off

Hours required: 1hrs Once off

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
St Patrick's Mental Health Services, James' Street, Dublin 8 K7YW

Also available in these counties
Dublin - City, Dublin - Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown, Dublin - Fingal, Dublin - South Dublin County, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Wicklow

Screening details for this role:

  • Formal Interview

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Reimbursement of expenses

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

The information gathered during this study will contribute to scientific knowledge on the ageing process and inform further research. Knowledge gained may be useful in clarifying the biological effects of Eating Disorders upon the body.

Getting there

The following transport options are within a 5-minute walk from the hospital:
1. Rail: Heuston Station
2. Luas: Red Line Heuston Station stop
3. Bus: 13 and 123 to James' Street or 25A, 25B, 66X, 67X, 79, 79A to Heuston station

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Dublin City
Volunteer Ireland is delighted to acknowledge the support of:
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