Help Giselle with her ASU Doctoral Research.

  • March 31, 2013 · 10:00 AM

My Friends,

This is a little bit outside of the usual scope of our meetup group, but I agreed to post this for Giselle.  This is a great and unique opportunity to be a part of research that extends the current body of knowledge within the nutrition and health promotion field.  Giselle was kind enough to forward me her ASU Institutional Research Board (IRB) that approves her research.  Unfortunately, I am not able to make attachments here.  Please contact Giselle directly (her contact information is below) if you are interested in participating in her study and obtaining the specifics with respect to her study.


Below is a copy of her advertising information for the study.  Giselle hopes to conclude her research by April 2013, so please, if you are interested, please contact her.


ASU cactus pads study


Volunteers Needed


Researchers at School of Nutrition & Heath Promotion want to learn about the effects of cactus pads (nopales) and cucumber intake on cholesterol levels. This research study is for adults with slightly high cholesterol

Would the study be a good fit for me? Are you:

  • 18-70 years old
  • Live and work in Phoenix metropolitan area
  • Do not have diabetes or heart disease

What would happen if I took part in the study? You would

  • Eat 2 cups/day of nopales or 2 cups/day of cucumbers for 16 days.
  • After 2 to 3 weeks of no intervention, you will receive the alternative treatment for an additional 16 days.
  • Anthropometrics, blood pressure and blood samples will be collected before and after each dietary intervention


Participants will receive the test foods, test results, and up to $100 in incentives, one set of ear phones and one pen drive to thank them for their time.

Individuals willing to attend a preliminary screening visit to verify moderately high cholesterol levels, willing to follow the protocol for 7 weeks, and willing to have blood taken on eight occasions may be eligible to participate.

Those interested should complete the online survey:

or contact at (602)[masked]

Giselle Pignotti, MS

Doctoral Candidate & Teaching Assistant

School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Arizona State University



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  • Cate

    I don't meet the criteria for the cholesterol is good :-)

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds like a cool study. I can't do it, but thanks for posting it here! :)

    February 22, 2013

  • Giselle P.

    Hi everyone, I appreciate the opportunity to talk about my study here. If you have any question about the study I would be happy to answer them.
    Another way to help me is to refer this study to others that might be interested in participating.
    Also, I would love to hear some suggestions on where I could advertise/recruit participants
    Thanks again,

    February 20, 2013

  • Mary

    I love this idea as I've worked with numerous patients in the past. Giselle, you'll need to let people know what Slightly High Cholesterol is. What are your parameters? I've had many patients that used Nopales for diabetes control. I'd be very interested in your research.

    February 19, 2013

    • Giselle P.

      Great question Mary. We are including participants with LDL cholesterol of 130mg/dL or more, that are not taking medications. We do have a screening blood draw to verify the LDL cholesterol level.

      February 20, 2013

    • Giselle P.

      Most of the research, although there is not a lot, evaluated the effects of nopales on glucose levels. We will be looking at that as well, but our primary outcome is cholesterol.

      February 20, 2013

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