Recruiting Subjects: Appetite Study UCD

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UCD are leading an EU study in older subjects focused on appetite to prevent malnutrition

Focused on Poor Appetite Leading to Malnutrition in older people – UCD need to recruit older subjects >65/70y with poor appetite (they will do a phone based screen to determine this) to recruit into a dietary intervention study wherein they will be allocated to a plant protein dietary supplement with/out exercise intervention and will measure a range of parameters relating to appetite, malnutrition, immune function, etc.  

The 60 subjects in Dublin will be part of a larger study with colleagues in Germany, France and Italy.The study involves testing the effect of a plant protein supplement provided by research team, with/out a gentle exercise intervention, for 12 weeks.

A dietitian and sports scientist will help everyone complete the study.

People often don’t realise they have poor appetite, as it gradually declines with age (anorexia of ageing), illness, bereavements, etc.

Therefore, UCD are looking for older subjects who "don't enjoy food as much as they used to" or "don't eat as much/ as regularly as they used to".


There is a website that volunteers, or their relatives/carers, can sign up to:

or alternatively email or call 087 2166496

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