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The QBC study: Quality of Life and Biomarkers in Communities

Principle Investigator: John Adgate, PhD, MSPH

COMIRB No: 14-1880
Version Date: June 23, 2015


Office of the Chair

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Campus Box B119
13001 E. 17th Place
Aurora, CO 80045
303 724 4692 office
303 724 4620 fax

June 29, 2015


I am writing to ask for your groups help in recruiting participants for an important study assessing the impacts
of oil and gas development in Northern Colorado.
The goal of this research is to better understand how citizens respond oil and gas development in their
communities. Our findings will help government agencies, local public officials, and private organizations do a
better job of understanding the impacts of this development on residents. Our research is non-partisan and
funded by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences.
Any health measures or answers to any questions will remain completely confidential. Participant names or
other personal health information will not be released. Results of this study will be released only as
summaries based on grouped data, so that no individuals answers can be identified. Participation for each
person should take no more than 1 hour at a time for up to 6 visits to our office in Greeley, Windsor or Fort
Collins over a 6-9 month period.
For the visits, we will ask questions about each participants health, collect height and weight data, measure
blood pressure and blood vessel health, collect a blood sample, collect a small hair sample, and collect cheek
cells from the inside of the mouth with a swab. Participants will be compensated with a $30.00 Visa gift card
per visit.
In order to qualify for this study, each individual must be 18 or older and Greeley-Windsor participants should
live within two miles of an oil or gas well. Additionally, they cannot be a smoker (tobacco or marijuana), live
with a smoker with regularly smokes at home, or be any of the following:, pregnant; have a history of
diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or chronic inflammatory diseases; be taking statins or any
anti-inflammatory medications; or be regularly exposed dust, fumes, or solvents.
Interested individuals meeting this criteria who would like to participate in the study can call 970-829-7490 or
e-mail and let us know the best time(s) and phone number(s) for us to contact
them. We can provide you with a letter similar to this that you can give to potential participants. A member
of our research team will then contact them to ask few questions to determine if we can include them in this
part of the study as well as answer any questions they may have.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact me at or

John L. Adgate, PhD

Professor and Chair
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health



Colorado School of Public Health

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