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6th Nov 2020
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Alder Hey are looking for families of four members to take part in a research study to learn more about how healthy adults and children are protected against respiratory infections.
Many children and adults carry bacteria in their noses and mouth and constantly share these bacteria with family members. The types and numbers of bacteria we carry change with our age and lifestyle habits. This change makes some people sharing households more likely to get a respiratory infection. We hope that by studying bacteria in the nose, mouth and hands of family members and how different factors influence their change over time, we can use this information to better prevent and treat respiratory infections in the future.
Who can take part?
Families of 4 members, two adults 18-60 years and two children aged 28 days-17 years, who are generally healthy. Parents and children over the age of 11 must give consent/assent.
What will happen?
If your family is eligible and you choose to consent, an experienced member of the research team will show you how participants can collect samples of fluid from inside the nose, a small amount of saliva and hand swabs. Then you will be asked, all family members, to collect samples at home every two weeks for six months.
More information will be shared at sign up including the consent process.
How to sign up or find out more
If you have any questions or would like to sign up please contact the research team on:
Alder Hey Children's Charity