HALT Study

Study Type

General Health & Wellbeing

Study Purpose

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a condition that results in liver damage due to a build-up of fat in the liver. NASH is a common condition but since most people with NASH feel well, they are not aware that they have a liver problem. NASH can lead to severe cirrhosis, a condition that can cause permanent liver damage and scarring.

Researchers at Pennington Biomedical are conducting the HALT research study to evaluate if a study drug can cause weight loss and decrease liver fat in patients with NASH.  

About the Study

Participants will visit the Pennington Biomedical outpatient clinic for a screening visit to determine eligibility for this study. Once enrolled, participants will receive study medication and visit the Pennington Biomedical outpatient clinic for 9 study visits.

Study Design

Number of Visits:

  • 1 screening visit
  • 9 study visits


  • Body measurements (height, weight, etc.)
  • Vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, etc.)
  • Blood tests
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Physical exam
  • ECGs (to test heart health)
  • MRIs

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, participants should:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have been diagnosed by their doctor with either:
    • NASH
    • Obesity/Overweight and Type 2  diabetes

*Other study qualifications will be assessed during the screening process.*

Study Duration

Participation in this research study will last approximately 4-6 months.


Compensation of up to $800 is offered for the completion of this study.

Study Contact

If you are interested in volunteering for the HALT research study, click here to screen online, call 225-763-3000 or email clinicaltrials@pbrc.edu.

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below to screen online.


Please do not fill out this questionnaire for anyone other than yourself unless you are their legal guardian.
If you know someone who may be interested please direct them to the site or have them call us directly at 225-763-3000.


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