Researcher: Tribes vary greatly on medical studies

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Native American public health investigator says tribes are interested in taking part in medical research studies but vary greatly on what is considered culturally acceptable.

Linda Burhansstipanov (bur-han-stih-PAN'-awv) with the Native American Cancer Research Corp. spoke Wednesday at a summit hosted by the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health in Sioux Falls. The Research Center for American Indian Health brings together health researchers within South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota to build tribal programs to improve health among Native Americans.

Burhansstipanov says tribes are interested in taking parts in research in issues affecting their communities, primarily involving diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart conditions. But the way specimens are stored and how samples of hair and blood are taken can be different for each tribe.

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