Genome-Wide Association Studies of Adiposity in Samoans

Director: Stephen McGarvey
Research Theme: Persistent Disparities in Health and Human Capital
Location: Independent State of Samoa
Funding: NHLBI

McGarvey examines the role of genetic variation in influencing the extent of obesity in Samoa. In-depth dietary, physical activity, socio-demographic and village environmental information is collected from more than 3,000 adult Samoans residing throughout the developing country of Samoa. Genome scan methods will be used to identify across the whole genome susceptibility loci for obesity in this population.