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BWH/Harvard Northport IBD Study to begin next month

2016 BWH/Harvard Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis study to begin in November

In 2011  Dr. Josh Korzenik, The Director of the Crohn’s and Colitis Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), one of the leading IBD researchers in the country, and his team conducted a study of Northport residents through health questionnaires and medical record confirmations. He discovered a health cluster of Northport residents with either ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease that was 10 to 15 times higher than national standards. This was one of the largest health clusters of these illnesses he has ever seen.

The causes, and a cure, for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease have long baffled the scientific community.  Northport’s historical exposure to specific heavy metal toxins may be a contributing factor to the abnormally high number of residents with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Dr. Korzenik is moving forward next month with a new epidemiological case-control study of Northport residents; focusing on a possible correlation to chronic exposure to heavy metals triggering ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

In March I asked for volunteers for this new study. Participants needed are residents diagnosed with either Crohn’s or Colitis, as well as residents who do not have either of these illnesses (a control group).  I received many volunteers to participate.  Thank you!   However, I do not want to miss anyone who may want to participate in this ground breaking study.

If you have not already contacted me* to volunteer and you are willing to participate in this study, both diagnosed residents and non diagnosed residents, please e-mail me as soon as possible.  The study begins in the next two weeks.  

Contact Info:  jamie_paparich@hotmail.com   or  northportproject@hotmail.com

* If you are not sure if you contacted me already please feel free to e-mail again!

The study is simple, and will take only a few minutes of your time.  You will be contacted by the research team, either by telephone or e-mail depending on your preference, to give your consent to participate in the study.  A questionnaire and a kit including scissors and nail clippers to obtain hair and nail samples will be sent to your home.  You will then send the packet back to the researchers, and the assays will be done at their lab.

Thank you so much to the community for your amazing support in volunteering for this much needed study!

 

Contact Info:  jamie_paparich@hotmail.com   or  northportproject@hotmail.com

NEW HARVARD CROHN’S/COLITIS STUDY- Volunteers Needed

New BWH/Harvard Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis study on Northport residents underway;    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

 

In 2011 the results of a community lead health survey conducted in Northport, WA caught the attention of Dr. Josh Korzenik, the Director of the Crohn’s and Colitis Center at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Through BWH, one of Harvard Medical School’s teaching hospital, his team conducted their own survey of current and former Northport residents to investigate the possibility of a health cluster of resident’s diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.  Of the 119 participants, 17 had confirmed cases of either ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.  According to Dr. Korzenik  “That’s about 10 to 15 times what we’d expect to see in a population the size of Northport.”  This confirmed his suspicion of a health cluster, (an unusually high occurrence of a disease or illness diagnosed in a group of people in close proximity of time and location.)

The causes, and a cure, for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease have long baffled the scientific community.  Therefore, the discovery of this cluster could provide researchers and the medical community with an invaluable opportunity to better understand if environmental factors cause or trigger the diseases.

Northport’s historical exposure to specific heavy metal toxins, from the air emissions and solid discharges from a Canadian smelter located 3 miles up river, Teck Resources, may be a contributing factor to the abnormally high cases of of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease diagnosed in residents.

Dr. Korzenik is moving forward with an epidemiological study of a correlation to chronic exposure to heavy metals and diagnosed cases of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Dr. Korzenik and his team are currently preparing their Institutional Review Board (IRB) to move forward with this study.   To conduct an accurate study he will need residents diagnosed with either ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, as well as a control group of residents who do not have these illnesses.

The IRB process takes 1-2 months to complete.  In preparation for the study we are reaching out to the community to ask for volunteers to participate in this study.  Both impacted and non-impacted residents are needed.  The process to participate will be easy, a kit being sent to each participate, all of which can be done from home and sent back to Dr. Korzenik, free of charge.  The results of your participation will be invaluable, providing information that could lead to discovering the cause, and possibly even a cure, to these debilitating illnesses.

If you would be willing to participate in this study, or would like more information on it, please e-mail me at:  northportproject@hotmail.com

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