By: Dave Gordon
Researchers at the DIPEx Health Experiences Research Unit based at the University of Oxford in England are seeking Jewish subjects who have some experience, either themselves or through a family member, with health issues that are more prevalent within the Jewish population. Specific diseases being investigated include Tay Sachs, Gaucher and cystic fibrosis, as well as broader experiences of being a carrier of genetic conditions. Although these health issues are not uniquely Jewish, the focus of this project is the way in which they are experienced within a Jewish context. DIPEx plans to publish the study in a Jewish Health section on their website, healthtalkonline.org.uk. Researchers are specifically seeking out Jews from the Orthodox community in order to present a balanced set of experiences and to raise awareness of issues that may be experienced specifically by this group. Individuals who would like more information about becoming involved in the project can contact Dr. Sara Ryan at email@example.com.