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Study of Health in Pomerode – SHIP-Brazil
Universidade Regional de Blumenal (FURB)
Global Health and Neglected Diseases
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Blumenau, Campus III, Rua S
Profa. Keila Zaniboni Siqueira Batista
Profa. Keila Zaniboni Siqueira Batista and Tatiana Lucia Caetano.
English and Spanish
Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project with Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
The Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP) is a population based study assessing a multitude of risk factors, resources and determinants of health and diseases in the adult population of West Pomerania, the north-eastern region in Germany, conducted by the University of Greifswald. In Brazil, we are conducting a similar study, evaluating the population of Pomerode (SC), a city funded by immigrants from Pomerania about 160 years ago. The SHIP-Brazil study was designed to be conducted exactly in the same manner as the original study in Germany, to allow comparability of the results.
What is the aim of the project?
This project is a multicenter study, which is part of a study of life and health in Pomerode, conducted by the University of Blumenau, in order to stratify the factors of environmental, behavioral and genetic risk existing (or not) and their relationship to various diseases. The study is anchored in Pomerode SHIP project conducted in German Pomerania region. This study is already in progress for over 10 years at the University of Greifswald, and the collaboration of researchers there also allow us the use and comparison of data obtained in Germany in this project.
What techniques and methods are used?
The study population consisted of a random sample of 7 strata of age and sex from 20 years to 10-year intervals; considering the population by sex for each age group, prevalence of 50% ± 5% (95%), 20% for losses and 20% for analysis of confounding, totaling 3,091 persons in the population of 27,759 inhabitants Pomerode (IBGE 2010). Individuals who reside in the municipality for at least 6 months and have 20 years or more will be included in the study. Will be excluded from the study individuals who possess no limitation of physical or mental that prevents you from answering questionnaires or conduct tests or refuses to sign the consent form. A broad general questionnaire with socioeconomic, demographic, lifestyle, medical care and mental variables will be applied. Further examinations of the heart and carotid ultrasonography, full abdomen and calcaneus (to estimate risk of bone fracture) will be performed. The participation of individuals in the study and their side projects was filed in the University of Blumenau Research Ethics Committee under No. 33/2012. In this project we will evaluate the samples collected from January 2014 to June 2015, when the first phase of examination of the Study of Life and Health Pomerode is planned with the participation of about 3,100 volunteers. In this study it will be obtained blood, stool, urine, cervical swab, throat swabs, saliva, nose swabs, tongue scrap and gingival pocket samples. The samples are processed and stored at -80°C, as applicable, and the results will be compared with other information collected in the study. Tests to be performed include clinical chemistry, hematology, urine analysis, serology, microbiology.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Get involved and aid with techniques applied to the project, learn the fundamentals and principles of the techniques, acknowledge its clinical importance, have some practice with these laboratory methods, and contribute to the development of this project. Students will be involved in sample processing, analysis and biobanking, especially general clinical laboratory tests. The laboratory testes involved include serum glucose and HbA1c, Hematology, Urinalysis, Kidney and Liver Function, and stool Parasitology. Students will be able to follow the examinations, interpret the results, and help with sample processing for storage in the Biobank. A visit to the examination center no follow the physical and clinical examinations is also scheduled.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a presentation - The student will prepare an abstract - The student’s name will be mentioned in a future publication
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Basic laboratory training is required for a full accomplishment of the aims. Familiarity with basic clinical laboratory techniques is a plus.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students - Graduated students (less than 6 months)
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