Monday, May 13, 2013

Health - Healthy males required for UCT Genetic Study on pain perception

On sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Keelyn van Breda - Exercise Science and Sports Medicine masters student about her study regarding the genetic and psychological association of pain perception in ultra-endurance athletes. The University of Cape Town and Medical Research Council’s Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Research Unit is recruiting volunteers for a study that aims to investigate a specific gene within the human since this gene has been shown to have an association with pain perception and certain personality traits. Interested participants should be male of Caucasian descent between the ages of 25 and 50 years, exercise no more than twice a week (no more than 20 –30mins running/cycling/swimming), not have competed for the past 3 years or participated in any endurance exercise such as running, cycling, swimming of more than 30 minutes. Volunteers will be required to complete three psychological questionnaires, accessing specific personality traits and donating 5ml venous blood through the veni-puncture of a forearm vein. For further information send an email to

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