Whether you are an elite athlete or simply interested in the science of peak athletic performance, we welcome you to get involved with our research efforts. 

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Help us reach our goal of 10,000 participants!

Similar to other genetic studies, the ELITE Study at Stanford requires a large sample size to statistically power the enormous size of the human genome. Thus, collaborators, athletes, and sports enthusiasts must come together to achieve the goals of the ELITE Study and help accelerate high-impact advances in human performance.

If you are an endurance athlete looking to participate in the ELITE Study, you can do so today by filling out our secure enrollment forms. And if you’re a researcher looking to collaborate with us on the ELITE Study, reach out to either Brianna Bourne at or Maléne Lindholm at to express your interest in joining the ELITE Study research team.

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NOTE: You do NOT need to come to Stanford to participate in the ELITE Study.

Once you have participated, help us with recruitment by spreading the word, especially via social media if possible. Our accounts are linked here: Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook, and on the side menu linked above. Learn how to apply the ELITE brand to your posts here:

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Join as a research collaborator

We welcome all enthusiastic researchers to join us on this scientific endeavor! In order to power this genetic study, we need a large sample size and have set a goal of 10,000 athletes, which requires recruitment from sites both within the US and internationally. At its most basic level, your collaboration with us would consist of recruiting participants to be a part of the ELITE study. We will provide you with materials to help promote the study. We hope that you partake in the research at whatever level of involvement suits you best–whether that be recontacting athletes you have previously tested for VO2max and who you know have attained our threshold levels, contacting athletes you think might qualify, promoting the study to athletes who come into your lab and attain our threshold VO2max levels, using social media to promote the study, or posting flyers advertising the study in spaces you think qualifying athletes might see them.

We hope you decide to collaborate with us. If wish to join us in this research, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact our project manager, Maléne Lindholm, at or our clinical research coordinator, Brianna Bourne at

Community Outreach

Not a researcher but still interested in getting involved with the ELITE Study? We need your help with this research! There are many ways you can get involved and assist us with recruitment for this study:

  1. Spread the word to anyone you know who might qualify to enroll in the study, whether that be your teams, clubs, workout groups, past and present.
  2. Connect with us and promote the Study via social media. Our accounts are linked here: Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook, and on the side menu linked above. Learn how to apply the ELITE brand to your posts here:
  3. Let us support you! We are happy to support you and your community however we can, whether that means discussing the study with you, or helping you gain access to VO2max tests if you have not yet been tested.

If you are interested in getting your community involved in the study, please fill out this form and one of our study coordinators will follow up as soon as possible!

The ELITE Study can allow us to better tease apart the molecular mechanisms through which exercise exerts its beneficial effects. The study has the potential to unravel the complex pathways that underlie the protective effects of endurance exercise and to identify molecular targets for intervention, hence improving the quality and quantity of life of people around the world.

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Click the button below to enroll in the ELITE Study as a participant.

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We also invite faculty, students, staff, alumni, friends, and external organizations to collaborate with ELITE Study at Stanford. If you wish contact the ELITE team or stay in the loop with research updates, please fill out the form below or contact us directly at