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The Milk Study

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The MILK Study

Milk Intervention for Longevity at KU

Now recruiting participants! Contact us:

Welcome to the Milk Study at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Find out about the Milk Study
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Frequently Asked Questions

Researchers at KU Medical Center are using advanced brain imaging techniques to investigate how dietary choices impact brain health. You may have heard about our previous research on antioxidants and brain health featured in major news outlets1-5. Our study showed a relationship between dairy food consumption and levels of an important brain antioxidant1.

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Our new Milk Study investigates whether drinking milk directly influences brain antioxidants. We invite healthy older adults who drink approximately less than one cup of milk per day to participate in our study. If you would like to participate in this exciting research, please contact us today to see if you are eligible.


Our previous research suggests that drinking milk may be linked to brain health. The MILK Study will investigate the effect of drinking 3 cups of milk daily versus low milk intake for three months. Milk will be provided to those in the milk-drinking group.

Who can participate?

Healthy older adults age 60-89 who drink approximately less than one cup of milk per day are invited to take our eligibility screener for participation.

What to expect during the milk study

The study lasts three months and includes five study visits. Some participants will be given milk to drink at home. Two of the visits include MRI scans.

Randomly assigned groups

Participants are randomly assigned to either the milk intervention group (drink three cups of milk per day) or the control group (drink one cup of milk or less per day) for the duration of the study.

Milk Study visits

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All study visits will be at Hoglund Biomedical Imaging Center on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas.


Participants receive a ClinCard, which works like a debit card, and a payment is added to the ClinCard after completing each visit. This helps to offset the costs of transportation and to compensate you for the time required to participate in the study.

Qualifications for participation include:

  • Female or male ages 60 to 89
  • In good health
  • Be able to complete MRI scans
  • No diet restrictions to dairy
  • Body weight within a normal to slightly obese range (BMI: 18.5 – 35 kg/m2)
  • Currently drink no more than one cup of milk per day
  • Light or non-smoker

More info can be found in Frequently Asked Questions.

Interested in joining or learning about the MILK Study? We'd like to hear from you.

Contact the KU MILK Study Team:

Phone: 913-730-5862
You may call, email or use the form below.


  1. I.Y. Choi, P. Lee, D.R. Denney, K. Spaeth, O. Nast, L. Ptomey, J.A. Lierman, D.K. Sullivan. Dairy intake is associated with brain glutathione concentration in older adults. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 101(2):287-93 (2015).




Last modified: Feb 07, 2020