Share your views on the use of routinely collected blood samples during pregnancy, the ARTEMIS study
Maternal booking blood samples are given by every woman having NHS pregnancy care and are stored for 2 years in case women are exposed to infection which may affect the mother or baby. If this happens, the samples can be tested for existing antibodies to determine if the woman is protected.
These stored blood samples can, with safeguards to protect women’s privacy, be tested for any antibodies. This can either be done by using whole samples which are routinely thrown away after 2 years or by taking tiny amounts from the samples while they are in storage. At Imperial College, we were able to use these samples to look for when COVID-19 first began to spread in North West London and identify women who were at increased risk of catching COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic. This showed that the stored blood samples may be useful to investigate future outbreaks of infectious diseases.
You can read the paper here.
We want to explore how these samples, which would otherwise be thrown away, can be used to benefit the women who give them, their families and their communities. We feel strongly that the women giving these samples should be central in designing and setting-up this sort of research and in determining how it is best used.
Any woman or person planning pregnancy or who has been pregnant.
What will I be asked to do?
Members will be asked to fill in an online survey which takes 10 minutes.
When and where?
The questionnaire will be available to complete online, from October-December 2022.
Will I get anything for taking part?
There is no reimbursement for this opportunity, but we offer our heartfelt thanks for helping us progress this important research area.
Share your views on the use of routinely collected blood samples during pregnancy, the ARTEMIS study Discussion
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