MISSION: Southwest Research and Information Center is a multi-cultural organization working to promote the health of people and communities, protect natural resources, ensure citizen participation, and secure environmental and social justice now and for future generations

Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC), a not-for-profit educational and scientific organization that is a partner in the University of New Mexico METALS Superfund Research Program, is seeking a part-time Community Liaison to help implement a new research study, called Thinking Zinc (or, Béésh Dootł’izh Bantsáhákees), in the Blue Gap-Tachee, Black Mesa and Tselani-Cottonwood area of the Navajo Nation.

Many different metals are found in abandoned uranium mine and milling waste sites throughout the Navajo Nation. These metals can get into your body through food, water or dust. Studies have shown that metals such as uranium and arsenic can damage cells in your body. There is information that damage from metals may be reduced when enough zinc is present. This research study will ask whether taking daily zinc pills at the USDA recommended daily allowance helps to protect the body from the effects of exposure to harmful metals.

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Research Volunteers Needed

We are conducting research to understand if taking the daily recommended level of zinc protects our bodies from the effects of heavy metals in the environment.
 

To participate, you are:

  • 21-64 years of age
  • Not diabetic
  • Not allergic to zinc
  • Not pregnant or nursing

You will...

  • Have 4 study visits over 9 months
  • Take a zinc supplement pill daily
  • Provide blood and urine samples each visit
  • Receive a gift card each visit

Interested?
For more information
or to participate:

E-mail:
zinc@sric.org

Phone:
877.545.6775

Web:
www.sric.org/Zinc


 

Community Liaison Wanted

Community Partners

  • Red Water Pond Road Community Association
  • Tachee Uranium Concerns Committee
  • Blue Gap/Tachee Chapter

Research Partners

  • UNM METALS Superfund Center
  • UNM College of Pharmacy
  • Southwest Research & Information Center
  • Indigenous Education Institute

Research Sponsors

  • NIEHS Superfund Research Program
    1P42ES025589
  • UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center P30
    CA118100
  • UNM Clinical Translational Science Center
    UL1TR001449



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