Respiratory Health Study for 9/11 Responders

  • Many of our 9/11 heroes continue to have breathing problems even today. In this study, we are trying to answer the following question: How did dust cause persistent breathing problems among 9/11 WTC responders?

    Please join your fellow responders in helping us find the causes of these problems.

    How can you help?

    If you are a 9/11 First Responder and a non-smoker between the ages of 30 and 60, 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-firefighters-first-responders-5_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 3 visits to the EOHSI Clinic.

    If you are a member of the WTC Health Program, you may screened for eligibility after your regular monitoring or treatment visit. Screening includes allergy testing by skin prick and will take approximately 30 minutes.

    If you are eligible, based on your allergy testing, you will be asked to return for a study visit (about 2 hours). The visit will include:
    • a physical exam and medical interview
    • a breathing test (spirometry)
    • measurement of nitric oxide in your breath
    • collection of sputum and nasal cells
    • allergy testing, if not done previously

    You will be asked to schedule an additional visit 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 draw

  • 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