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Studies Recruiting Volunteers

We are currently recruiting participants for the following studies. Please contact our study coordinator at (206) 667-6840 or toll free at (866) 648-1917 for more information if you would like to participate.

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Normal Healthy Volunteers

We are currently enrolling healthy families with 3 or more generations. We are particularly interested in studying 3 generations that include a woman, her children and the woman’s mother. If you are a woman with children, you would be the primary person we would study. 

In addition, we would request cheek swab samples from your mother and your children. We are also interested in women without a prior pregnancy and male volunteers whose mothers are living and available to participate. See below for more details on participation.

Normal Healthy Pregnant Volunteers

We are looking for women who are either currently pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Ideally we collect blood samples before pregnancy, during each trimester, around the time of delivery, and after delivery. In addition we collect a sample of umbilical cord blood from the placenta after delivery. See below for further details.

Scleroderma Participants

Scleroderma patients are invited to participate in our study. Guidelines are similar to those for normal healthy volunteers, See below for more details.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Participants

We are investigating pregnancy in women with rheumatoid arthritis.  Participation requirements are similar to those of healthy normal pregnant volunteers. In addition, we may schedule a short physical exam along with each blood draw.

Type 1 Diabetes Participants – Juvenile Controls

We have recently completed our primary study of Type 1 Diabetes. This type of diabetes most often affects children and adolescents, and it has been challenging to recruit age-matched healthy controls. Therefore we are looking for healthy children aged 6-18 years old who are willing to provide a blood sample. We would also ask that some family members, especially the mother of the child provide a cheek swab sample (or blood draw).  See below for details.

Other Affiliated Studies

Reproductive Health – Preeclampsia and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Collaborative studies between the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are investigating adverse pregnancy outcomes.  We are specifically looking at preeclampsia, a disease related to high blood pressure. This condition is thought to be related to abnormal immune function.  If you are interested in learning more about this study please contact our Study Coordinator, Dawn Stief at 206-667-6840 or toll-free at 1-866-648-1917.

General Guidelines for Participation

Healthy normal participants and scleroderma participants

Scleroderma participants and the primary participant who is an adult healthy woman are requested to complete a short questionnaire that contains questions regarding health and reproductive history and to give a blood sample. 

All other family members can provide either a cheek swab sample or a blood draw. For participants giving blood we require about 2-3 tablespoons (30-50cc).

This can be drawn here at the Prevention Studies Clinic located on the Fred Hutchinson South Lake Union Campus or at a convenient phlebotomy lab and sent to us.  Cheek swab sample collection is simple and can be sent and returned through the mail.

Pregnant rheumatoid arthritis and pregnant healthy normal participants

Pregnant participants are asked to provide blood samples before pregnancy (if possible), during each trimester, around the time of delivery and after delivery. We ask for a sample of umbilical cord blood from the placenta after delivery. Samples before and after pregnancy are about 4-5 tablespoons; samples during pregnancy are about 3 tablespoons.

All primary participants are also requested to complete a short questionnaire that contains questions regarding health and reproductive history and a pregnancy follow-up questionnaire to obtain information on the recent pregnancy. For pregnant participants we also ask for cheek swab samples (or a blood draw) from family members.