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UM seeking participants for research study

MISSOULA — The University of Montana School of Pharmacy is seeking members and descendants of the Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai Tribes for participation in a genetic research study.

The field of research is called pharmacogenetics and its focus is on how a person’s genetic make-up affects an individual’s response to the prescribed medications. In particular how they respond to the various pharmaceuticals used to treat cancer and its collateral effects.

Participants will be part of a focus group discussing how genetics can improve the use of medications in American Indian communities. The focus group discussion will take place on the Flathead Reservation. Compensation and food will be provided.

The study has been given the green light by the Tribal Council and Tribal Health. The UM research group regularly reports to the Tribal Council and Tribal Health, and meets monthly with the Community Pharmaceutical Advisory Council.

The CPAC is comprised eight tribal members that include, among others, Tribal Councilmen Vernon Finley.

The mission of the CPAC is to: increase tribal input about pharmacogenetics research; work together to build trust and strengthen the partnership between researchers and the tribal community; provide advice about the cultural approaches to conduct pharmacogenetics research projects involving the Tribes; and discuss the tribal interest in the research.

For more information, contact UM doctorial student Chelsea Morales, Fort Belknap Gros Ventre, at 406-647-0577 or email at:

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