Current GEM Study Recruitment

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Genes 4 Buffalo

Did you know that the first person to have their genome sequenced was a volunteer from Buffalo, NY?

Genes for Buffalo is a research project designed to continue this proud tradition by collecting saliva samples from adult Buffalonians (18 years or older) to contribute to the worldwide search for causes and cures of human diseases.

By creating a database of DNA sequences (genetic material) from Buffalonians and anonymously link it to a list of diseases they suffer from, we will be able to search for sequences that affect many medical conditions. The database is made such that no personal information like your name or address or doctor is kept, and so that your personal medical information is not viewable. This helps ensure your privacy.

Currently, this research study is being carried out at multiple UBMD Clinics at the Conventus Medical Building, with plans to expand collection points soon! If you have any questions or want to learn more please contact the GEM director of outreach activities at (716) 881-7510 or For any further inquiries, please contact the Principal Investigator for the study, Richard Gronostajski at (716) 829-3471 or

Principal Investigator: Richard Gronostajski, PhD