Cześć! We are scientists at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We are part of an international study on women’s health with Jagiellonian University in Kraków. The goal of our research is to understand some of the things that affect menstrual cycles, reproduction, and bone health. For this project we will be looking at hormones, physical activity levels, diet, and genetic markers in women in Poland and Polish American women. We aim to better understand the ways genes and environment together affect women’s reproductive health.
This international project with Jagiellonian University in Kraków is investigating women’s reproductive health in two different countries: the United States and Poland. We are looking for second and third generation Polish American women in Illinois aged 18-45*, in good health, non-smoking, not pregnant or nursing, and not on hormonal contraceptives. If this is you, please consider being a part of our study!
What you will do: For this project, we need to measure lots of things about how you live and what is going on in your body. This project will last for one menstrual cycle. The research will include surveys of reproductive health, ethnic identity, gender identity, and adverse experiences. Additionally, the research includes anthropometric measurements, bone density measurements, diet and physical activity tracking, urinary collections, blood draws, and saliva samples for genetic analysis.
Please check your eligibility and register here: bit.ly/StoLat2
|Our Study Team in Poland! From left to right: Mary |
Rogers (UIUC), Agata Orkisz (Jagiellonian University), Katie
Lee (UIUC), and Anna Pawińska (Jagiellonian University)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why are you doing this research with Polish and Polish American women?
A: Reproductive hormones affect things like being able to have a baby and health risks, such as risk for breast cancer and osteoporosis. There are heritable, genetic effects on fertility, but environment and lifestyle also plays a big role in affecting your menstrual cycle.
We are really interested in the effects of different environments on women’s reproductive health. Looking at related populations in two different places is one way to help answer questions about how environmental factors affect human reproduction.
Our lab spent the past two summers in a rural region of southern Poland where many people grow up and live or work on small farms. In the U.S., we are recruiting in urban and suburban centers, where women are likely living very different lifestyles. Doing this research with Polish and Polish American women helps us look at a lot of different environmental and genetic effects on reproductive traits!
Q: What do you hope to learn?
A: We are learning more about menstrual cycle hormones and how environment and early life experiences can affect these hormones later in life. We are looking at things like physical activity, body composition, and genetics. This research is important for things like understanding what factors help a woman have a successful pregnancy, breast cancer risk, osteoporosis risk, and simply knowing more about normal variation in menstrual cycles. Most women don’t have menstrual cycles with hormone patterns that look exactly like the ones you learned in biology textbooks!
Q: What do participants do?
|Clancy lab undergraduate Zarin Sultana (left)|
measuring a participant's elbow breadth.