In an effort to determine the root causes for high levels of diabetes, obesity and heart problems among Emiratis, NYU Abu Dhabi in partnership with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has launched an extensive research programme called UAE Healthy Future Study. In the first-of-its-kind study, 20,000 Nationals between the ages of 18 and 40 are being invited to take part so as to establish the extent to which genetics and lifestyle conditions affect the long-term health of the people.

UAE Nationals interested in taking part can now sign up at the registration and assessment centre located close to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s main reception area. The process involves the completion of a questionnaire, as well as the provision of body measurements and samples of blood, urine, and saliva.

Participants will then be observed over several years with follow-up online questionnaires and clinic visits to understand the role of both genetics and lifestyle choices in causing obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. As UAE has come to have one of the highest rates of lifestyle diseases in the world, the findings will go a long way in determining an effective public health policy to curb the problem.

The study is being conducted in collaboration with Zayed Military Hospital, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Healthpoint Hospital, Abu Dhabi Blood Bank, Al Ain Regional Blood Bank, UAE University, Khalifa University, and Zayed University in Abu Dhabi.

All data will be treated with absolute confidentiality. Participation in the study is entirely voluntary. For more information and for participation details, please visit the UAE Healthy Future study website on www.UAEHealthyFuture.ae or contact the study team on 8002327.