YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The faculty of Health Science is currently undertaking a study to find out whether there were genetic variations that lead people to develop paralysis following infection with the polio virus in Canada and the United States.
They want to invite you to take part in their Polio Genomics Research Study. If you chose to participate in the study you would be helping researchers gain important knowledge and understanding about why some people developed paralysis and others did not and how the immune system may have responded to the polio virus.
The information could help development of therapies for polio and related virus. Those interested can call our toll free office line: 1-888-541-2821, or email us at [email protected]. They will be connected to our Polio research team that will be able to answer any questions. Subjects who have had paralytic polio are eligible to participate in the study, with no age requirements.
Our goal is to enroll 3,000 paralytic Polio cases
and 3,000 controls. We hope to enroll all subjects by the end of this year. We
will also ask their spouses if they would like to participate in the study as a
control arm. We will obtain contact information and arrange for a 10-15 min
telephone interview. During the interview a research nurse will explain the
study, and obtain verbal consent, she will also obtain some clinical
information, as well as contact information for your attending physician, hospital,
Upon obtaining verbal consent, a package will be sent to the participant including two copies of a written consent forms, FTA card (FTA Cards are index-sized cards developed for the collection and storage of DNA from organic samples with easy to follow instruction, as well as a stamped returned envelope.) Participants will sign the consent form and using the FTA card and instruction will collect cells from inside their cheeks, package the samples in the appropriate envelope and send the signed consent form and the FTA card/sample back to our office.
Participants do not need to visit our office. If you have any questions they can contact the office or email us during this process. Toll free office line: 1-888-541-2821, or email us at [email protected]