Children's Hospital Colorado

Genetic Causes of Asthma in Children of African Descent Research Study

April 23, 2019
Children and teenagers with and without asthma
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Researchers at Children's Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado want to learn more about the risk of asthma in children with African ancestry.

We are seeking kids and teens with asthma and kids and teens without asthma who have African ancestry to participate. This will allow us to compare the results between different study groups.

Participants will receive compensation for their time.

Purpose of the study

We hope to learn more about what influences asthma and allergic disease. We think that traits for asthma and allergic disease are inherited or genetic, and are passed down from one or both parents to the child. In this study, we will collect genetic information (such as DNA) from blood and nasal samples. This is important because it will help us identify new genes that increase the risk of having asthma.

Research study details

Your child may qualify for this study if they have African ancestry and:

  • They have been diagnosed with asthma
  • They do not have asthma or a chronic respiratory disease

Study participants will attend one clinic visit. Clinic visits take place at Children's Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado, and will include the following forms and tests:

  • Questionnaires
  • Breathing tests
  • Blood and nasal cell collection

This research is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Contact us

If you are interested in this research study and would like to learn if your child is eligible to participate, please call 720-324-9993 or email us.

Principal Investigator: Kathleen Barnes, PhD, University of Colorado

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