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:
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