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Arpana Gupta, PhD, and Tien Dong MD, PhD, G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience, are conducting a study on the effects of weight and discrimination in Mexican and Filipina women. The main purpose of this study is to examine how stressors such as social isolation and discrimination relate to eating behaviors and diet patterns, and how these behaviors affect your brain and gut connections.

You may be eligible if you are:

  • Female
  • Filipina or Mexican ancestry
  • Premenopausal
  • Overweight or obese (BMI  25)
  • Not pregnant or nursing

Study participation consists of:

  • Screening phone call to determine eligibility
  • Two (2) stool samples
  • Two (2) 3-day diet diaries
  • One (1) blood samples
  • Online questionnaires about diet and mood
  • One (1) in-clinic visit to collect physical measures & medical history (1 hour)
  • One (1) Brain MRI Scan (2 hours): An MRI uses magnets, not radiation, and is safe as long as you do not have metal in your body. The MRI is noninvasive.


  • Earn up to $285 (up to $675 if you choose to participate in the 3 & 6-month follow-up appointments ($195 each))
  • Free parking provided

For more information email the study team: GuptaLab@mednet.ucla.edu

Protocol ID:IRB #20-002326