Exercise at the Limit - Inherited Traits of Endurance

The ELITE study is an international collaboration aimed at discovering the genetic determinants of physical fitness in the world’s most elite endurance athletes. We hope to distinguish the role of genetic predisposition from environmental factors such as training.

Simply put, we are looking for the fittest people in the world.

We seek individuals with extremely high maximum oxygen uptake (VO2max), defined as >65 ml/kg/min for men and >55 ml/kg/min for women.

Participation requires valid consent, saliva sample for DNA analysis, health questionnaire, and qualifying VO2max value. Materials can be shipped to you with pre-paid return packaging; no cost or travel is required.

For more information about different aspects of the project contact us at elitestudy@stanford.edu. You may also contact one our study team members directly, including the Clinical Research Coordinator Brianna Bourne (bbourne@stanford.edu), the Project Manager Malene Lindholm (malenel@stanford.edu or (650) 823-0358), the International Collaborations Coordinator C. Mikael Mattsson (mikaelm@stanford.edu), or the Principal Investgator Euan A Ashley (euan@stanford.edu).

For general information regarding questions, concerns, or complaints about research, research related injury, or the rights of research participants, please call (650) 723-5244 or toll-free 1-866-680-2906, or write to the Administrative Panel on Human Subjects in Medical Research, Administrative Panels Office, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5401.