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The perceptions of vulnerable community members related to extreme heat episodes

Help us learn more about community members’ experiences related to extreme heat episodes! Please consider completing this 30-question survey, which will help the Virginia Climate Center at George Mason University learn more about how extreme heat episodes affect residents of Alexandria. This completely anonymous survey is open to any adult 18 or older who lives in Alexandria, and should take around 15 minutes to complete. Your input is greatly appreciated!

Extreme Heat Survey

 For more information, please contact the faculty PI for this project, Dr. MB Mitcham:

 IRBNet: 2162983-1

Additional information about the purpose of the study:

The purpose of this research is to investigate the impact of intense heat on susceptible groups and to pinpoint possible approaches for reducing unfavorable health consequences. Climate change-related extreme heat events present serious health concerns to the general public, especially to those who are more vulnerable owing to age, pre-existing medical issues, or socioeconomic status. Policies and public health professionals can create targeted interventions to lower heat-related morbidity and mortality by knowing the unique vulnerabilities and effects faced by these communities.


Help Prevent or Delay the Onset of Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes Study

The Department of Nutrition and Food Studies is currently conducting a clinical study aimed at helping individuals at risk of developing type 2 diabetes to prevent or delay its onset. Interested individuals will be screened by phone and eligible and interested participants will be invited to take part in the study.

The intervention involves educating participants on how to improve their dietary habits based on their body's reaction to different foods, while various biomarkers related to diabetes and cardiovascular disease are measured to assess the impact of the intervention.

To participate, individuals must be between the ages of 45 to 65, have a BMI between 25 to 39.9 kg/m2, and Hb A1c levels between 5.7 and 6.4.  A1c can be measured as part of the screening process.

Participants may receive:

  • Free nutrition therapy for 1 month
  • Free blood analysis
  • Free nutritional assessment
  • Free body composition analysis
  • Free continuous blood glucose monitoring
  • $150 compensation

For further details, please get in touch with Blessing Seidu at or Dr. Raedeh Basiri at

COVID-19 Social Distancing and Symptom Modeling

COVID symptom modeling

You are invited to participate in a research study that aims at understanding of movement patterns during stay-at-home orders and after they are removed, and linking these movements to the possibility of modeling spread of pandemics. The research will have a direct impact on understanding COVID-19 spread as well as potential overall understanding of people movement during pandemics.

Participants of the study will receive $10 electronic gift cards to iTunes or Google Play app store to help purchase needed apps, as well as $10 gift card for every completed month of participation.

The study participation includes two components:

1.     Completion of daily symptom journal:

2.     Collection of GPS data by a tracking app installed on a cell phone. Detailed instructions how to install and use the app will be provided.

To sign up for the project, please fill and sign the consent form at: After signing the consent you will be contacted with more detailed instructions.

The consent form includes a more detailed study description. This research is being conducted by a team led by Dr. Janusz Wojtusiak in the College of Public Health at George Mason University. He may be reached by email for any questions related to the study or to report a research-related problem.

You may contact the George Mason University Institutional Review Board (IRB) Office at 703-993-4121 or IRB@gmu.eduif you have questions or comments regarding your rights as a participant in the research. This research has been reviewed according to George Mason University procedures governing your participation in this research. Please refer to the IRB study number 1596465-1 when contacting the IRB office.

Mason: Health Starts Here

Lifting Weights

Earn $35 and help us better understand students’ mental and physical health, experiences and perspectives, and a variety of factors that may affect college success.

Mason: Health Starts Here is a first-of-its-kind transdisciplinary student cohort study to understand and improve the health and well-being of university students. This research will follow a broad sample of young adults, specifically Mason students, over time to capture the diversity of their experiences in college and how it affects their health and well-being.

A unique feature of this study is that students will have access to their health information, receive feedback on their health, and be able to share in translating the cohort study findings into actionable solutions.  Watch our brief video here or visit the Mason: Health Starts Here website to learn more and email us at to sign up.

IRB# 1432539-1