Thank you for your help in getting us to the finish line this month. As of early March, we have completed our second clinical exams for the MASALA study and have seen a total of 748 (83%) people from our original sample of 906 participants! We have also added another 257 new participants to our study. We welcome this new group of participants to MASALA and thank them for enrolling in this ground-breaking, long-term study of South Asians in the United States. To those who could not attend the second clinical exam, we hope to see you when we host our next exam visit (hopefully in 2019).

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We are busy analyzing the new data, and we hope to share the results with you by early summer. We will be starting our community forums around the Bay Area and the greater Chicago area in the summer and fall of 2018. We hope to see you, your family, and  friends at these community forums  so that we can share what we are learning about heart disease in South Asians. In the coming weeks, we will email you with the dates and locations for these Community Forums, so please stay tuned!  As always, please feel free to reach out to us with questions, comments, or suggestions.

With gratitude,

Alka Kanaya and Namratha Kandula

MASALA Study Principal Investigators

Read more in our current newsletter: MASALA Pulse Spring 2018