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Your Environment. Your Health.

Sample Collection Registry for Quality Control of Biological and Environmental Specimens and Assay Development and Testing

Open for Recruitment

Study Background

Sample Collection Registry for Quality Control of Biological and Environmental Specimens and Assay Development and Testing

Open for Recruitment

Researchers are interested in developing a registry protocol to obtain biologic and environmental samples anonymously from adult volunteers for use in laboratory tests and studies. The samples will be used to determine if new tests are sufficiently valid and precise to be used in research studies and for quality control purposes.

For more information on this study, please visit the the Clinical Trials Study webpage.

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You may be eligible for this study if you are a male or non-pregnant female age 18 and over.

What will you do?

  • Samples to be collected will include blood, urine, saliva, household dust, cheek cells, hair, nasal cells, stool, nail clippings, exhaled breath condensate, sputum, skin cells or sperm. 
  • Specimens may be collected during a one-time sample collection, or participants may be asked to provide specimens on several occasions over a specified period, not to exceed 1 year. 
  • Eligible participants will be asked to come to the clinical research unit to have their blood drawn and any noninvasive samples retrieved. Prior to blood draw, researchers will administer a brief past 24-hour questionnaire for research purposes. Specimens will be collected using standard clinical protocols. 
  • Participants will receive monetary compensation for providing samples for this protocol. 

What sample(s) are currently being collected?

  • We are collecting a number of types of biologic samples (i.e. blood, cheek cells, nasal cells, hair, exhaled breath, nail clippings, saliva, stool, urine, sputum, skin cells and/or sperm) and environmental samples (household dust) at the NIEHS Clinical Research Unit. The samples will be made available to NIEHS investigators for assay development/testing and for quality control. 
  • Blood Sample - Participation in the study would involve donating one or more blood sample(s) that in total would amount up to no more than 200 ml or approximately 13.5 tablespoons. Blood samples may be collected up to 5 times per week. The blood draw will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Qualified participants will receive $35 per blood sample. 

Why Participate? 

  • Be part of a research study to help scientists at NIEHS improve the quality of studies investigating the role of environmental, dietary and genetic factors in disease risk. 
  • Receive compensation for your time and effort (compensation is according to the type of biological sample donated).

Study Location

Sample collections are conducted at the NIEHS Clinical Research Unit located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Protocol Number: 10-E-0063

Enrollment and Contact Information

To volunteer or learn more, contact Nicole Edwards at (919) 316-4976.

Principal Investigator

Stavros Garantziotis, M.D.
Stavros Garantziotis, M.D.
Medical Director, NIEHS Clinical Research Unit and Principal Investigator
Tel 984-287-4412
Fax 919-541-9854
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop CU-01
Durham, N.C. 27709
Rebecca Church
Rebecca L. Church
Clinical Research Coordinator
Tel 984-287-4421
111 T W Alexander Dr
Modular Clinic
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
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