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Your Environment. Your Health.

DNA & Your Environment (Environmental Polymorphisms Registry – DNA Registry for Diseases)

Study Background

The Environmental Polymorphisms Registry (EPR) is a long-term initiative to collect approximately 20,000 DNA samples from individuals. These DNA samples will be used to examine risk factors for common health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, asthma, and Alzheimer’s disease. Genetic data, along with health information (e.g., family history of disease, environmental exposure, socioeconomic status, and lifestyle data) will be used to select participants for voluntary follow-up studies to help researchers prevent, diagnose, and treat common health conditions in individual patients and whole populations.

By donating a blood sample to the EPR, you will be helping scientists discover changes in our genes that make us more or less sensitive to environmental factors and that can increase or decrease our risk for disease.

Principal Investigator

Shepherd H. Schurman
Shepherd H. Schurman, M.D.
Associate Medical Director, Clinical Research Unit
Principal Investigator, Environmental Polymorphisms Registry
Tel 984-287-4411
Fax 301-480-3416
shepherd.schurman@nih.gov
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop CU-01
Durham, N.C. 27709

Collaborating Investigators

Adam I. Schiffenbauer
Adam I. Schiffenbauer, M.D.
Staff Clinician, Environmental Autoimmunity Group
Tel 301-451-6270
adam.schiffenbauer@nih.gov
10 Center Dr
Clinical Center Surgical Wing
Bethesda, MD 20892-1627
Not Pictured
Rita Volochayev, Ph.D., C.R.N.P., C.P.M.N.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Tel 301-451-6266
rita.volochayev@nih.gov
10 Center Dr
Magnuson Clinical Center
Bethesda, MD 20892

Project Manager

Not Pictured
Jamie R. Glover
Project Director, EPR

Tel 919-287-4382
jamie.glover@nih.gov

EPR Internal Advisory Committee

The EPR Internal Advisory Committee is composed of:

  • Michael B. Fessler, Chief, Immunity, Inflammation, and Disease Laboratory, NIEHS, and EPR IAC Chair
  • Shepherd H. Schurman, Associate Medical Director, NIEHS Clinical Research Unit, Clinical Research Branch, and EPR PI
  • Frederick W. Miller, Deputy Chief, Clinical Research Branch, and Chief, Environmental Autoimmunity Group, NIEHS
  • Jack A. Taylor, Chief, Molecular & Genetic Epidemiology Group, Epidemiology Branch, NIEHS
  • William C. Copeland, Chief, Genome Integrity and Structural Biology Laboratory, NIEHS
  • Steven R. Kleeberger, Chief, Environmental Genetics Group, Immunity, Inflammation, and Disease Laboratory, NIEHS
  • Alison Harrill, Geneticist, Molecular Toxicology and Genomics Group, Biomolecular Screening Branch, National Toxicology Program, NIEHS
  • Subject matter experts – as needed for specific requests
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