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Volunteers Needed for Nasal Biopsies

Thankyou for your interest in providing a Nasal Biopsy as part of the project to develop a therapy for spinal cord regeneration using olfactory cells.

Your support will help to develop a therapy to treat spinal cord injury. Special cells, called olfactory ensheathing cells from the nasal system, are very good at growing with nerve cells and are being examined to determine whether or not OECs from individuals with spinal cord injury or nasal conditions differ to those without.

Griffith University is seeking members of the public to donate one or two pieces of olfactory mucosal tissue that line the upper nasal cavity.

100 Volunteers are needed and three groups of participants will be required:

Group 1:

Participants with no known olfactory condition or spinal cord injury.

Group 2:

Participants with various types of spinal cord injuries (cervical injuries, thoracic injuries above level T6, injuries below level T6).

Group 3:

Participants with various types of nasal conditions (nasal polyps, chronic sinusitis, hyposmia).

The process involves:

1)    Complete the form below to submit your contact details. Rebecca Yao from Griffith University will then make contact and provide you with a Participant Information Sheet and Participant Consent Form.

2)    Once you’ve read and understood the information, and feel comfortable providing your consent, she will inform Dr Brent McMonagle, the ENT surgeon based at the Gold Coast to schedule an appointment.

3)    If the appointment time suits you, then you attend the appointment at that time, during which you will be given a hard copy version of the Participant Information Sheet along with a Post-Biopsy Care Sheet.

4)    You will be asked to sign the Participant Consent Form and then Dr Brent McMonagle will take you through the biopsy procedure.

Incentives: No incentives will be offered for participation in this research project aside from knowing that you have contributed towards developing a therapy for spinal cord injury.

Security measures to protect data / participant anonymity: De-identification measures will be used to ensure participant anonymity and secure storage methods will be used to protect participant data.

Exclusion Criteria: Women who are pregnant and the human foetus, children and young people (i.e.

Ethical clearance:

Griffith University Reference Number: 2016/627.

Greenslopes Research and Ethics Committee Protocol Number: 16/45.

Contact Details:

Rebecca-Qing Yao at

Associate Professor James St John at

Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research, Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery.