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posted 02-03-2006 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for skulkarni   Click Here to Email skulkarni     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Dear Hum-MolGen members,

I am writing to invite you to participate in a study spearheaded by researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

We are investigating novel genes responsible for hemifacial microsomia, tracheo-esophageal fistula and similar spectrum of cranio-facial disorders. These genes were identified by cloning novel chromosomal translocations.

Hopefully, this research will lead to identification of new genes and pathways.

However, we would like to find a larger number of people with these diseases to study.

We have teamed up with several other researchers, to conduct a study that will collect blood samples and mouth swabs from people with hemifacial microsomia, tracheo-esophageal fistula.

Finally, the researchers are hoping to collect medical records from participants so they can link laboratory findings with information about diagnosis. You are free to participate in none, some or all components of the study.

To help the researchers, please respond to this email with a simple: Yes, I am interested in learning more or No, I am not interested in participating. People who indicate an interest in learning more will receive a separate email containing details about the study and a form to request an enrollment packet. No one will be enrolled in the study until they have signed the informed consent document contained in the enrollment packet.

Participating in any form of medical research is a very personal decision, and we respect your feelings about this.


Dr Shashikant Kulkarni
Developmental Genome Anatomy Project (DGAP)
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Or contact:

Chantal Kelly, MS
Developmental Genome Anatomy Project
NRB 160a
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115
(p) 617-525-4548
(toll free) 866-772-5753
(f) 617-525-4533


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