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  Genetic Etiology of Metabolic Syndrome

What is the purpose of the
GEMS Study?

Dr. Ruth McPherson, Director of the Lipid Clinic at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, wants to identify the genes (pieces of DNA), which increase the risk for developing "Metabolic syndrome". We would like to identify the genes associated with high triglycerides and other related diseases such as glucose intolerance, low good cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity.

If you are slightly above ideal body weight but have no abnormal blood fats or blood sugars, you may have a "protective gene" that prevents the development of the Metabolic Syndrome.

GEMS is a worldwide study in which approximately 2000 people will be participating from Europe, the USA and Canada. We have already recruited 800 individuals from the Ottawa region with the "metabolic syndrome".


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