Help Us Build a Blood and Tissue Bank
What is the purpose of this study?
Researchers studying hematology are collecting samples and clinical information to learn more about non-malignant (not cancerous) blood disorders to find better treatments for these disease and possibly other diseases as well. Non-malignant blood disorders include anemia, bleeding and thrombotic disorders, myelodysplastic disorders, neutropenia and white blood cell disorders, such as thalassemia, hemophilia and sickle cell disease.
Who can participate?
Adults and children (all ages) with a known or suspected non-malignant blood disorder may be eligible to donate samples to the research repository.
- Adult Studies
- Hematology - Fanconi Anemia
- Hematology - Hemophilia
- Hematology - Thrombosis
- Hematology - Sickle Cell and Hemoglobin
What is involved?
You or your child may donate samples of blood, bone marrow, skin tissue, buccal cells (cells inside wall of the mouth), urine, cord blood, spleen, and bone. Your medical information will also be collected. Your name will never be published or released to a non-Cincinnati Children's researcher.
Samples can fall into one of three categories: leftover/discarded specimens (samples that are leftover from procedures performed for clinical care), extra draw (samples are being drawn for medical purposes and extra sample is taken for research), or for research only (blood, bone marrow, urine, and buccal cells can be donated for research only). If you or your child chooses to contribute, you can select which type(s) of samples researchers may collect and store. The samples you choose to donate are usually collected at the same time procedures are being performed for clinical care. Adults may choose to provide bone marrow for research purposes only.
Samples for this study will be stored only when sampling and testing for your medical care are satisfied and complete. If there is only enough sample obtained for medical care purposes, then no repository sample will be stored.
What are the benefits?
Neither you nor your child will receive a medical benefit from donating samples to this repository. The information learned from any research studies using the samples may benefit future patients with non-malignant blood disorders or other diseases.
Neither you, nor your physician, nor anyone in your family, will receive the results of any research done on your specimens and the results will not be put in your health records. Therefore, results from any research done on your specimens will not affect you or your child’s medical care. This helps protect you and other members of your family from harm that might be caused by this information.
Will I get all the facts about the study?
Parents interested in having their child participate, as well as adults, will meet with a study coordinator who will explain all of the details of the study. The study coordinator will review the consent form and will be sure that all questions are answered. The consent form goes over all of the procedures, the risks, the benefits, and who to contact with questions or concerns. Study procedures will not begin until a parent/guardian or adult has signed this consent form. A child of a certain age may need to sign the consent form and/or give his/her verbal agreement.
What are the risks and discomforts of the study?
A detailed list of possible risks will be provided to those patients interested in knowing more about the study.