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Personalized Environment and Genes Study (PEGS)

Formerly the Environmental Polymorphisms Registry

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Powerful science for integrating genomic and environmental data to understand human health

Join PEGS to help scientists improve the prevention and treatment of diseases

The Personalized Environment and Genes Study (PEGS) collects health, exposure, medical, and genetic data to discover how the environment and genes affect our health.

Who Can Participate?

  • Adults living in North Carolina

What Is Required?

  • Blood and urine samples.
  • Optional samples may be requested and include stool, saliva, dust in your home, and others.
  • Completion of surveys to answer questions about your health, diet, lifestyle, and environmental exposures.
  • Periodically complete recontact surveys to update your information.

Why Should I Join?

By Joining this study, you may help scientists:

  • Find genetic and environmental factors that increase our risk of various diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, allergies, asthma, cancer, and many others.
  • Better understand the causes of various diseases.
  • Find better ways to prevent diseases.
  • Compensation is provided based on the surveys completed and samples collected.

Who Is Running the Study?

The study is run by researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Lead Researchers

Janet E. Hall, M.D., M.S.

Janet E. Hall, M.D., M.S.

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Learn More About Janet E. Hall, M.D., M.S.

Janet E. Hall, M.D., M.S. is an internationally known clinician and clinical researcher. She received her Masters of Medical Sciences in exercise physiology and her M.D. and Internal Medicine training at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. She completed her training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and rose to the rank of Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She had continuous NIH extramural grant funding until moving to the NIEHS intramural program in 2015. Hall was elected to the Association of American Physicians in recognition of her contributions to both the science and academics of medicine and, as a leader in the field, is a former President of the Endocrine Society.

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Alison A. Motsinger-Reif, Ph.D.

Alison Motsinger-Reif, Ph.D., is Chief of and a Principal Investigator in the Biostatistics and Computational Biology Branch. Overall, her group focuses on the development and application of modern statistical approaches for understanding the etiology of common, complex diseases. As the field of human genetics increasingly accepts a complex model of phenotypic development involving many genetic and environment factors, it is increasingly important to develop analytical strategies that incorporates this complexity.

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Last Reviewed: January 9, 2024