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Your Environment. Your Health.

Environmental Polymorphisms Registry – DNA Registry for Diseases

Open for Recruitment

Study Background

Environmental Polymorphisms Registry – DNA Registry for Diseases

Open for Recruitment

Additional Information

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.

For more information on this study, please visit the Clinical Trials Study webpage.

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Must be 18 years of age or older.

The only exclusion criteria is age. Participants must be greater than or equal to 18 years of age. Otherwise, there are no health status criteria for participating in this study; participants may be healthy or have preexisting conditions.

Participants will not be excluded based on gender, ethnicity, race or religion.

What will you do?

  • Donate a Blood Sample - Provide a small blood sample (approximately 1 tablespoon)
  • Read and sign an informed consent form
  • Provide date of birth, gender, race and ethnicity
  • Periodically update contact information
  • Agree to be recontacted to volunteer for follow-up studies based upon your genotype, health or disease status. 

Why Participate? 

  • You will receive $20.00 for participating in the EPR to compensate you for your time and travel expenses. 
  • The EPR is sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The EPR is designed to help researchers develop new and better ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating common health conditions in individual patients and whole populations.

Study Location

Sample collections are conducted at the NIEHS Clinical Research Unit (CRU) located in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina.

Protocol Number: 04-E-0053

Enrollment and Contact Information

Nicole Edwards
Study Coordinator
Clinical Research Unit (CRU)
Tel (919) 316-4976
Nicole P. Edwards

Principal Investigator

Shepherd H. Schurman
Shepherd H. Schurman, M.D.
Associate Medical Director, NIEHS Clinical Research Unit
Principal Investigator, EPR
Tel 984-287-4411
Fax 301-480-3416
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop CU-01
Durham, N.C. 27709
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