Participant Recruitment for Research Study at the University of Toronto

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 2:10pm

A team of interdisciplinary researchers in the GEMINI Study at the University of Toronto is recruiting participants to study the effect of migration on chronic inflammatory diseases in South Asian Canadian communities.

South Asian individuals born in Canada have higher rates of chronic inflammatory diseases (e.g., inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes) than those individuals born in South Asia who later immigrated to Canada. We are interested in understanding the underlying environmental factors causing these differences and the health beliefs, health care needs, and access to health care services among 1st and 2nd generation South Asian Canadians living in the Greater Toronto Area. To do so, we are recruiting participants to study the effect of migration on chronic inflammatory diseases in South Asian Canadian communities through a 2-phase data collection process (clinical sample and interview phases). Interested individuals can choose to participate in one or both phases at U of T (UTM & St. George campuses). Please see below for the participant eligibility and contact information.

ELIGIBILITY

  • 18-29 years of age
  • South Asian* descent (including individuals who were born in South Asia or Canada)
  • Have not been diagnosed with any chronic inflammatory diseases

*South Asian countries include: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka

CLINICAL PHASE

  • Receive a compensation of $50 for providing biospecimens and completing 2 questionnaires
  • Should take less than 2 hours

CONTACT

Dr. Gary Chao

Department of Immunology, University of Toronto

geministudy@utoronto.ca

416.978.0389

INTERVIEW PHASE

  • Receive $25 for participating in a 1-hour interview
  • To share your thoughts on chronic inflammatory diseases and access to health care services

CONTACT

Dr. Ivy Dam

Department of Geography, University of Toronto

geministudy@utoronto.ca

647.849.1161

For more information, please visit: GEMINISTUDY.CA