School of Psychology

Research Study on Gluten Sensitivity.

You will be eligible to participate if you are aged between 18-65 years, have been avoiding gluten-containing foods, i.e. by following a gluten-free or gluten-restricting diet for at least 1 month (due to experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms within 8 hours of consuming gluten) and are willing to continue with this throughout the study. You must not have coeliac disease or be allergic to wheat/gluten. You must not plan to lose weight or follow a weight loss diet during the study. Females must not be pregnant or breastfeeding.

The study involves: 

  • Visiting the Human Appetite Research Unit (HARU) in the School of Psychology on two occasions at least 24 hours apart: Visit 1: Screening visit (approx. 60minutes) to assess your suitability to take part; Visit 2: A test day where you will need to remain in the research unit from 8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Consuming 2 slices of bread (either gluten-containing or gluten-free) at both breakfast and lunch during the test day
  • Completing a range of questionnaires, throughout the test day, about your gastrointestinal symptoms (including your bowel movements), any other symptoms (e.g. headache), mood and emotional wellbeing.
  • Completing some questionnaires about your symptoms, mood and food intake at home at the end of the test day and at the end of the following 2 days (approx. 10minutes/day)

As part of the screening visit, we will ask you to provide information on your general health, diet and symptoms plus any tests you have previously had to rule out coeliac disease. If you have not been tested for coeliac disease before, we can perform the test on you, provided that you are willing to provide a blood sample.

We are ready and waiting to start testing, so please do contact us at any point if you are interested, or if you would like any further information.

  • Contact: Fiona Croden - - 0113 3435753
  • Ethical approval reference number: MREC17-100
  • Closing date for participants: 30 November 2019