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Research Abstracts Online
January 2008 - March 2009

University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Medical School
Department of Medicine

PI: Sidney A. Jones

Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms Related to Diabetes and Dys-metabolism in Somali Immigrants

In contrast to many non-Caucasian populations, baseline phenotypic and genotypic information has not been compiled in Somali immigrants to Minnesota and there are no published data on this topic. As such, public-health agencies and health-care providers are unable to specifically characterize the relative risks encountered by this population for development of obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome-related co-morbidities upon their immigration to the midwestern United States environment. This project attempts to characterize prevalence of single nucleotide molyporphisms (SNPs) pertaining to diabetes and metabolism in immigrating Somali people. The researchers have drawn blood samples from over 100 Somali immigrants and are in the process of performing SNP analysis of these samples.

Group Member

Shaban Nazarian, Research Associate