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We are inviting healthy adults to provide a blood sample that we can use to establish a normal reference range for a potential new diagnostic test.

Why is the research being done?

The aim of this study is to establish if a new test we have developed can detect increased complement activity. Complement is a family of proteins that form part of our immune system. Usually the complement system turns on when the body senses invading microorganisms, but sometimes it can turn on in patients with certain medical conditions even when there is no invading microorganisms. Right now there are no simple tests to identify increased complement activity in a blood sample. In order to determine if our new test will be useful, we need to know the baseline level of complement activity in people who are not sick.

Who can participate in the research study/trial?

Healthy adults aged 18 - 80 years.

What will study participants be asked to do? What does the study involve?

You will be asked to provide a single blood sample of 16mL (approx. 3 teaspoons) from a vein in your arm.  The following information about you will be collected:

  1. Your age at time of consent
  2. Your gender

Interested in participating?

Read the Participant Information Statement here

If you would like to participate in the study please contact the Principal Investigator,

Dr Ritam Prasad, Calvary Mater Newcastle
ritam.prasad@health.nsw.gov.au or call 0444580215