Columbia University Seeks Participants for Focus Group

July 13, 2022

Columbia University is seeking participants for a study that explores issues of trust in a type of medical research called precision medicine research. The study looks at a person’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle. It can help physicians improve prevention and diagnosis of diseases and develop new treatments.  

To participate, you must be:  

  • A deaf or hard of hearing adult 
  • A blind or low vision adult 
  • An adult with a mobility disability 

Your views are valuable. 

Participants will be asked to join a 2-hour online focus group to share their thoughts about precision medicine. No prior knowledge about precision medicine research is needed in order to participate in this study.  

The study will help researchers understand what deaf or hard of hearing adults, blind or low vision adults and adults with mobility disabilities think about how precision medicine researchers and research institutions can be more responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities 

The focus group will be conducted using the online app, Zoom. It will be available in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language. CART Captioning will be available, as needed. Participants choose the language that works best for them. Focus group dates and times will be scheduled soon. 

$50 gift cards will be provided for participating in the focus group. 

If interested, please contact Research Assistant, Madeleine Gibbons-Shapiro, at [email protected]. Participants will be asked to complete a short online survey about their background and convenient times for participation. Please let Madeleine know if there are any accommodation requests.  

Please contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Maya Sabatello, at [email protected] if there are any questions.  

Thank you in advance for your help.