Genetics Study

  • *Travel Not Required*

Genes are the instuctions that tell our bodies how to work, and they play a role in telling our bodies how much to sweat. Genes are passed down from parent to child and family members share some of the same genes. The goal of studying genes is to identify those genes that are responsible for excessive sweating and ultimately to use this knowledge to find a way to control or cure the excessive sweating in affected individuals.

In order to accomplish this, this study is looking for affected individuals to sign a HIPAA form and an informed consent, to complete a medical and family history form and to submit a sample of their buccal cells. This is accomplished by rinsing the mouth with Scope mouthwash and spitting into a small container. No travel is required and there is no cost to participants. Kits are sent through the mail and a stamped, self addressed envelope is provided for study materials to be returned.

This study is particularly interested in identifying families with multiple affected members, but even isolated individuals are accepted into the study.

The researchers would like to asure you that any materials you submit will be kept confidential. The study research records will be kept confidential and you will not be identified in any written or verbal reports. Although no specific results will be provided to individuals, in the long term they believe their study will improve the lives of families affected by hyperhidrosis.

In exchange for your participation, they will do their best to keep you updated on the results of the studies they do.

If you answer YES to any of the following questions, and live in the US you are probably eligible to participate in this study:

  • Has a doctor ever told you that you have Hyperhidrosis?
  • Do you experience excessive sweating when you are not overheated or in an anxious state?
  • Do you experience a sudden increase in the amount of sweat from your hands or feet when stressed?
  • When you walk barefoot, do you leave puddles on the floor?
  • Do you have any immediate biological relatives who were diagnosed with hyperhidrosis?
  • Contact Information:

Drs. Robert D. Burk and Steven M. Keller

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Ullmann Building Room 515

300 Morris Park Avenue

Bronx, New York 10461

United States

Contact: Betsy K. Vibert, MS CGC; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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