Genetic and EnviroNmental Effect in weight evolution in University Students
Are You Eligible to Join?
First-year undergraduate student (age 17-25)
No medical condition that prevents normal physical activity for an extended period of time (months)
Not currently pregnant and have never given birth
Purpose of the Study
To describe the BMI evolution in undergraduate students
To investigate the environmental determinants of BMI evolution in undergraduate students
To identify the genetic determinants of BMI evolution in undergraduate students
To explore the interaction between the gene and environment on BMI level and evolution
Overview of an Appointment (15 minutes in the lab)
Saliva sample (First appointment only)
Waist and hip circumference
Hair sample (optional but helpful)
ASA24 3-day Food Recall Questionnaire (completed at home online)
General Lifestyle Questionnaire (completed at home online)
Overview of an Academic Year
Incentives for Joining GENEiUS
Experience in a lab and research setting
Gift card (after each follow-up in the lab)
Volunteer certificates for every year of completion
Do you have what it takes
TO BE A GENEiUS PARTICIPANT?
Dear first year undergraduate students,
WELCOME TO MCMASTER!
Are you adjusting well to life at Mac yet?
Are you worried about the Freshman 15?
Are all the new changes making you feel overwhelmed?
We are a group of researchers led by Dr. David Meyre, who are currently studying weight fluctuations in undergraduate years in students from all faculties. We understand that with university life, students are exposed to a lot more stress and undergo a lot of changes (eating habit, exercise, sleeping pattern). We would like to study how your genetic impact your weight fluctuation following those changes.
What to expect if you decide to be a participant?
First you need to be a first year student. We will give you a questionnaire as you walk in to your appointment in our lab on the 4th floor of the McMaster’s hospital, and we will take some measurements such as your weight, height, waist and hip circumference to have some baseline information. You will also be asked to give a saliva sample so we can look into how genes may be playing a role in the physiology of the changes that university offers!
This appointment will take about 30 minutes, and we’ll offer you a $10 gift card to Starbucks! We will book your second appointment for 6 months later and you will come back to our lab in second semester to give us new measurements. This time you will receive a $5 gift card. This will continue until you graduate from McMaster! Given your dedication to our research, we’ll happily provide you with research opportunities, help you network with other graduate students/supervisors and provide a volunteer certificate to attest to your incredible commitment!
If you would like to sign up to be part of a GENEiUS study, send us an email at and we will book you an appointment to come in.
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Main study aim
1-To describe the BMI evolution in undergraduate students
2-To investigate the environmental determinants of BMI evolution in undergraduate students
3-To identify the genetic determinants of BMI evolution in undergraduate students
4-To explore the interaction between the gene and environment on BMI level and evolution