You are invited to take part in this virtual study on physical activity, gut health and stress reactivity. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition affecting the large intestine and characterized by abdominal cramping, pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation. IBS has shown to be associated with anxiety and depression, both of which continue to be a growing concern in today’s society. Our research aims to investigate the benefits of physical activity and fitness on stress reactivity in IBS patients and the potential benefits for mental health.


Who is eligible:

Eligible participants should meet all of the criteria listed below:

  • Female aged 18-50 with IBS
  • Have computer, webcam access and smartphone access (iOS 9.0 or later, Android 4.3 or later) for 2 hours during study visit
  • Have access to equipment for bodily measurements (scale and measuring tape)


What will the study measure:

  • Physical activity levels, dietary assessment and mood assessed through questionnaires
  • During the virtual visit you will perform a cognitive task, during and after which we will collect measures related to heart rate, heart rate variability, gut reactivity and mood


Will there be any samples being collected:



What is the total duration of the study:

This research study consists of a 30-minute screening interview (via phone) and 2-hour virtual visit conducted through the videoconferencing platform Zoom.


Will there be a compensation to participate:

By participating in this study, you will be compensated ($20) and receive a FREE smartphone application (valued at $9.99). If you think you can be eligible for this study, please contact us via, we will be happy to hear from you!


Contact us to know further information:

NeuroFit Lab –  
Emma Nicholson, BSc – Master’s Student:



Dr. Jennifer Heisz (Principal Investigator) and Ms. Emma Nicholson (Master’s student). 

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