Do you have Type 1 diabetes, and are you interested in accelerating research into the condition? Then you’ll want to join the T1D Exchange Living Biobank!
An effort is under way to streamline the Type 1 diabetes research process by collecting blood samples needed by investigators and storing additional samples for future use. Volunteers are only asked to provide samples for qualified researchers, who are studying questions such as who will develop diabetes complications and why some people with Type 1 diabetes still make insulin.
The initial stages of participation involve answering a few questions to ensure you are eligible, enrolling by supplying your consent and contact information, and providing some diabetes-related health information. In the future, if an investigator requests a blood sample matching your characteristics, the Living Biobank will contact you to arrange a blood draw at a location convenient to you, and will provide a $25 stipend if you are willing and able to complete the draw.
To determine if you are eligible to join the T1D Exchange Living Biobank, and to see answers to common questions about the program, click here. And to speak to someone about the Living Biobank, contact the operations center toll-free at (877) 280-5345 (or directly at  342-6902) Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 4:30 PM Pacific Time.
This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.