Pennington Biomedical Research Center studying the impact testosterone has on male soldier performance, now accepting participant applications


BATON ROUGE, La(BRPROUD) The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is now accepting applications for people interested in lending their body to a study researching the impact testosterone has on male soldier performance.

During strenuous military missions, warfighters must perform at their best, despite being underfed and sleep deprived during periods of high physical demand. These conditions are associated with performance declines. Pennington Biomedical is building on its long-standing relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense to explore how maintaining normal testosterone levels can preserve male warfighter performance by preventing muscle loss during strenuous missions.

In field conditions, soldiers burn far more calories than they consume and sleep much less.  Their hormone levels drop, so they lose muscle and are less alert.  Scientists are trying to find out if a supplement that helps warfighters maintain normal testosterone levels will prevent the loss of muscle and alertness.

Participants have to come to Pennington 50 days in a row.  This includes:

  • 7 daily clinic visits
  • 21 days inside the clinic for the simulated field portion: exercise, sleep deprivation, underfeeding
  • 22 daily clinic visits to track recovery
  • Compensation is $7,500
  • No alcohol, nicotine products, caffeine

Those interested can call 225-763-3000 or email

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