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.
Shepherd H. Schurman, M.D.
Associate Medical Director, Clinical Research Unit
Principal Investigator, Environmental Polymorphisms Registry
P.O. Box 12233Mail Drop CU-01Durham, N.C. 27709
Adam I. Schiffenbauer, M.D.
Staff Clinician, Environmental Autoimmunity Group
10 Center Dr
Clinical Center Surgical Wing
Bethesda, MD 20892-1627
Rita Volochayev, Ph.D., C.R.N.P., C.P.M.N.
Family Nurse Practitioner
10 Center Dr
Magnuson Clinical Center
Bethesda, MD 20892
Emily Learner, Ph.D.
Project Director, EPR
- Tel 919-287-4353
EPR Steering Committee
The EPR Steeing Committee is composed of
- Stavros Garantziotis: Medical Director, Clinical Research Unit and EPR Steering Committee Chair, NIEHS
- Shepherd H. Schurman: Associate Medical Director, Clinical Research Unit and EPR Principal Investigator, NIEHS
- Perry J. Blackshear: Group Leader, Polypeptide Hormone Action Group, NIEHS
- Fred Miller: Chief, Environmental Autoimmunity Group, Office of Clinical Research, NIEHS
- Jack Taylor, Group Leader, Molecular & Genetic Epidemiology Group, NIEHS
- Paul Watkins, Director, UNC Institute for Drug Safety Sciences
- Subject matter experts – as needed for specific requests
- Michael B. Fessler, Acting Chief, Immunity, Inflammation, and Disease Laboratory and Principal Investigator