Are you a male aged 30-59 who does not have frequent stomachaches and has no history of pancreas disease? If so, you may be eligible for a 1-visit research study to help learn more about acute and chronic pancreatitis. Compensation provided.
Pancreatitis is a painful inflammation of the pancreas—an organ in the abdomen that helps the body break down food and regulate blood sugar. Acute pancreatitis occurs suddenly and lasts for a short time, while chronic pancreatitis reoccurs over time and often becomes a long-term health problem. Researchers do not fully understand why some cases of pancreatitis resolve quickly and others do not.
The purpose of this study is to help researchers compare people with and without pancreatitis in order to better understand how pancreatitis progresses over time and to find out if certain genetic factors play a role in the development of chronic pancreatitis. Researchers hope their findings will lead to better ways to identify, treat, and prevent pancreatitis in the future.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
• Males ages 30-59
• Have not had a stomachache or abdominal pain more than 6 times over the past year
• Have not been nauseated (feeling like you want to throw up) in the past year
• No personal history of pancreas disease, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, cancer (except non-melanoma skin cancer), organ transplant, or HIV/AIDS
• No history of acute illness of any kind in the past 6 months
• No family history of pancreas disease
• Not pregnant
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
Participation involves one visit during which participants will complete questionnaires, provide a medical history, and provide specimens such as blood, urine, saliva, and stool samples.
IRB:PRO17010550B - Prospective Evaluation of Chronic Pancreatitis for Epidemiologic and Translational Studies (THE PROCEED STUDY)
DURATION: About 1 hour
VISITS: 1 visit
UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Montefiore, and UPMC Shadyside