Environmental exposures, such as pollution, diet, and stress, for example, contribute to the development and exacerbation of human disease. Understanding the mechanisms of how these exposures lead to environmentally induced injury and inflammation will allow the research team to devise better preventative strategies and treatments.
Participants may be asked to contribute the following biological samples: blood, urine, saliva, household dust, cheek cells, hair, nasal cells, stool, nail clippings, exhaled breath condensate, sperm, skin cells, and sputum. These samples may be used to establish cell cultures and immunologic studies. Participants may also answer predefined questionnaires regarding health and exposures.
The Environmental Exposure and Injury Study has two objectives:
- To identify the interaction of host and environmental factors in the response to injury and the development of disease.
- To develop better methodological tools that quantify host-environmental interactions in health and disease.
To be eligible to participate in this study, an individual must meet all the following criteria:
- Compliance with all study procedures and availability for the duration of the study.
- Provide informed consent.
- Proficiency in reading and speaking English.
- Male or female, aged 18 years or older.
- Able to travel to the NIEHS CRU for study visits.
- Agree to have samples stored for future use.
- Verbal confirmation that you are not currently pregnant or lactating.
- Free from illnesses or conditions that, in the investigator’s opinion, places the participant at undue risk for complications associated with study procedures.