Participants of CHamoru ancestry needed for gout study
The Biology Program under the Division of Natural Sciences at the University of Guam's College of Natural & Applied Sciences is seeking participants for a study on genetic factors contributing to the high prevalence of gout among Pacific Islanders. The researchers are looking for individuals of CHamoru ancestry -- both with and without gout -- who are at least 18 years old to participate in the study. Participants will be compensated with a $20 gift certificate.
Participation will include a one-time interview that takes about 30 minutes, which will include a short questionnaire and the taking of body measurements, blood pressure, and blood and urine samples. The interviews will be conducted at Diagnostic Laboratory Services in Mangilao.
The research on CHamorus is part of a larger study on gout in Pacific Islanders being conducted by the University of Otago in New Zealand. The data collected by the University of Guam will be compared to other Pacific populations so researchers can note any underlying genetic factors that contribute to the prevalence of gout.
The study will be conducted until data for 150 individuals has been collected.