The Syracuse Lead Study Expands Recruitment

The Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition at Syracuse University’s Falk College is expanding recruitment for the Syracuse Lead Study. Additional zip codes are 13202, 13206,13210 and 13224 in addition to the existing areas of 13203, 13204, 13205, 13207 and 13208. The study is examining environmental toxins (lead) that collect in our system and how that impacts stress response and cardiovascular health.

“Recruitment will continue until we reach our goal of 300 participants,” says Dr. Brooks Gump, principal investigator for the Syracuse Lead Study and the Falk Family Endowed Professor of Public Health at Syracuse University. In addition to residence in the outlined zip codes, participants need to be 9, 10 or 11 years of age and consider their race as black or white. Participants and their parents/guardians will be compensated for their time with a stipend of up to $120.00.

The study consists of two appointments which involve a blood draw, collection of hair and urine samples, body measurements, two echocardiograms, questionnaires and computer games. Appointments will occur on and off-campus and will take approximately 7 hours total.