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Are you a current or past anabolic steroid user living within Europe or the United Kingdom? Are you male and aged 20-40 years old? Would you be interested in having your muscle mass measured with a DEXA scan?

Our research team at the University of Brighton in South East England is looking for:

1) current steroid users who have ideally been exposed to steroids for a cumulative period of 20 weeks (a shorter steroid cycle would be permitted)

2) previous steroid users who have taken steroids 1 or more years ago ideally for at least 20 weeks, but since then have been steroid free.

If a current user cycles off anabolic steroids close to the date they are sampled they will be invited back for further sampling in 20 weeks' time. During this time, they would not have exposed themselves to any further steroid cycles (i.e. would conduct a PCT & be off cycle and not be cruising on a TRT dose). By sampling these individuals close to the conclusion of their steroid cycle (where we would hypothesize their androgen receptor binding would be superphysiological) and then 20 weeks later, we will be able to investigate if a memory effect is occurring. By measuring muscle mass at the conclusion of the cycle and 20 weeks afterwards we will also investigate how much muscle is maintained/lost when someone cycles off anabolic steroids

If cycling off AAS is not in your current plans and you are a current user, you can still visit the laboratory once because we will be able to use the collect samples to better our understanding on how AAS cause muscle growth at the molecular level (in terms of androgen receptor binding and DNA interactions etc).

All participants in this research will remain anonymous. Participants will be required to have a resting muscle biopsy of the trapezius muscle, in addition to the collection of blood, urine and saliva. Participants will also have their muscle mass and body fat percentages measured with a DEXA scan. At the end of this research participants would receive all data collected (images of their Type 1 & Type 2 muscle fibers, nuclei content of their fibers etc).

All travel expenses will be covered if participants are travelling from within the United Kingdom or Europe (this includes petrol mileage/trains/flights & 1 night's accommodation if required).

On Saturday 4th April between 2-8pm participants are required to visit the University of Brighton, Brighton Campus (BN2 4GJ) for a DEXA scan. This visit will last ~45 minutes.

On Sunday 5th April between 9-11am participants are required to visit the University of Brighton, Eastbourne Campus (BN20 7SN) for blood, saliva and urine collection and the trapezius muscle biopsy. This visit will last ~3 hours.

If interested, please email Alex Kolliari-Turner on [email protected] for further details.

You can find out more information about our research by listening to the Advices Radio Muscle Minds Podcast Ep71 with Dr Scott Stevenson or The Stronger by Science Podcast Ep20 released on October 3rd 2019, both are available on all podcasting apps and YouTube.

Please email me if you have further questions as I may not see the notification if you comment on this post.

Please see the advertisement for further details.

I would be very grateful if you shared this post to aid in our recruitment.

Thank you for your time,

Alex

View attachment Advert April 2020.pdf
 

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