The primary component of our current project is to organize and preserve the Muscatine Study historical data and stored biologic samples, by establishing the Muscatine Study Data and Sample Repository. Over the 49 years of the Muscatine Study, in addition to the wealth of examination data that have been collected, many blood and DNA samples from participant
examinations were saved. The construction of a repository will provide the Muscatine Study with the invaluable opportunity to organize the 50 years of data in a comprehensive, integrated database. The data in the Repository will be well documented and available in user-friendly formats. Data collection
instruments will be included, and collection methods will be described. When this project is completed, Repository access will be available for both students conducting class projects or
thesis/dissertation research, as well as research professionals at the University of Iowa (at least initially), following review and approval of a formal data analysis proposal.
The second component of our proposed project is to recontact School Survey participants who completed the Heart Health Survey during the i3C CV Outcomes Study, beginning with those from 2015, to obtain updated information with regard to their health history and their contact information. An important component of longitudinal studies is frequent contact with participants. Our goal is to develop a user-friendly approach, employing, to the extent possible, available electronic options (text messaging, email messaging, social media) to obtain information from the Muscatine Study participants.
If you have been contacted to participate, please contact us with any questions or to participate. You can view and/or download the letter explaining the study below. Thank you for your dedication to this important study!