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EPR: DNA & Your Environment

Environmental Polymorphisms Registry

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The Environmental Polymorphisms Registry is a long-term research project to collect and store DNA from up to 20,000 North Carolinians in a biobank. By donating blood to the project, you will help scientists discover changes in our genes as a result of environmental exposures that may increase or decrease our risk for common diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Who Can Participate?

  • Adults and children 8 years of age or older

What Is Required?

  • Small blood sample (approximately 1 tablespoon)
  • Periodically update contact information
  • Agree to volunteer for follow-up studies based upon your genotype, health, or disease status
  • You can receive up to $20 for participating

Who Is Running the Study?

The study is run by physicians at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in collaboration with exercise scientists at UNC.

Interested in Hosting Recruitment Events?

If you are a corporation, church, community group or other organization of any type, and would like to host a recruitment event, please contact Jamie R. Glover at 919-287-4382. If your organization holds employee health fairs, it would be a good opportunity for employees to learn more about environmental diseases and participate in research.

Lead Researcher

Shepherd H. Schurman, M.D.

Shepherd H. Schurman, M.D. earned a BA in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology from Northwestern University and an MD from Chicago Medical School. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at Rush University Medical Center and was a research fellow at the NIH at both the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) where he later served as a Staff Clinician. As a physician-scientist, his research at NHGRI involved gene therapy for adenosine deaminase deficiency, and mouse and zebrafish transgenic models for cartilage hair hypoplasia. At the NIA, Dr. Schurman researched premature aging syndromes including Hutchinson-Gilford progeria and Rothmund-Thomson syndromes. Dr. Schurman also researched DNA damage and polymorphisms related to diseases of aging in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Currently at NIEHS, Dr. Schurman is the associate medical director of the Clinical Research Unit and the Lead Researcher for the DNA & Your Environment Study.

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