The UAE’s ‘Healthy Future 2020’ survey has hit its first milestone, with 5000 Emiratis having now volunteered to take part.
Initially launched in 2014, the Study, led by New York University Abu Dhabi, aims to gain the responses of 20,000 Emiratis between the ages of 18 and 40, in order to conduct research into the links between genetic and environmental factors and the health of the nation.
It is hoped that the responses will allow the Emirates to target factors impacting the nation’s health, with lifestyle related disease rates continuing to rise exponentially - especially those of obesity, diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Participants who register to take part complete an online questionnaire, before providing body measurements, and blood, urine and saliva samples. The collected data is then analysed before participants are invited back for follow-up checks and questions.
The study’s principal investigator, Dr Raghib Ali, was full of praise for the report’s work to date. He said: “I would like to thank every one of the 5000 participants for their contribution and to congratulate the Public Health Research Centre team for their achievement.
“To really understand the causes of diabetes and heart disease, and how we can prevent them, it is very important for the study to have the full 20,000 participants. We encourage all interested UAE Nationals to visit our clinics to take part and help us to build a healthier future for the UAE.”
Anybody who is interested in taking part in the study can sign up at registration and assessment centres located in the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Blood Bank, Healthpoint Hospital in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain Regional Blood Bank or UAE University in Al Ain.