9/11 Respiratory Health Study for Healthy Volunteers

  • In this study, we are trying to answer the following question: How did dust cause persistent breathing problems among 9/11 WTC responders? In order to find out, we are comparing first responders with respiratory ailments to healthy people.

    These heroes risked their lives to save others. Now is your chance to help them. We need healthy volunteers to help us find out how 9/11 affected their health.

    How can you help?

    If you are a healthy, non-smoking adult, between the ages of 30 and 60, with no known respiratory problems, you may be eligible to participate – see the Study Details tab to learn more. If you are interested in volunteering, please click the Contact Form tab above or contact us directly by email or phone (848-445-6049).

  • 911-wtc-responders-2_thumbTitle of Study: Upper Airway and In Vitro Cellular Epigenetic Changes Associated with WTC Dust

    Principal Investigator: Robert Laumbach, MD, MPH

    Purpose: To determine if persistent respiratory disorders in World Trade Center responders are associated with changes in cells.

    Who Participates: The study is recruiting non-smoking adults between the ages of 30 and 60.

    • 20 members of the WTC Health Program at EOHSI who have respiratory symptoms are being recruited
    • 20 healthy adults, with no respiratory problems, are being recruited. The healthy adults may or may not be from the WTC Health Program.

    Study Procedures: The study involves up to 2 visits to the EOHSI Clinic. The first visit (about 2 hours) includes:

    • a physical exam and medical interview
    • a breathing test (spirometry)
    • measurement of nitric oxide in your breath
    • allergy testing by skin prick
    • collection of sputum and nasal cells

    If you are eligible, you will be asked to return for a second visit (about 30 minutes) for a blood draw (20 ml or about 1 Tablespoon).

    Compensation: You could receive up to $150 for taking part in this study according to the following schedule:

    • $50 for allergy testing
    • $50 for physical exam and specimen collection
    • $50 for blood sample

  • If you are interested in participating in this study...

    Please fill out the form below and hit send. We will then contact you to gather other necessary information.

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    Or for more information you may contact Dr. Kathleen Black:
    Email: kgblack@eohsi.rutgers.edu | Phone: 848-445-6049