Residents of Mexico City are affected by high levels of air pollutants from cars, trucks, industry, and dust. Additionally, areas within Mexico City have high rates of tuberculosis infection. In this study, we are trying to understand how the high levels of air pollution affect the body’s immune response to infections such as tuberculosis.
How can you help?
If you are a healthy adult between the ages of 18 and 65 and weigh at least 110 pounds, you may be eligible to participate – see the Study Details tab to learn more. If you are interested in volunteering, please click the Contact Form tab above or contact us directly by email or phone (848-445-6049).
Title of Study: Air Pollution Particle Effects on Human Antimycobacterial Immunity
Principal Investigator: Stephan Schwander, MD, PhD at the Rutgers School of Public Health
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to research a group of cells in the blood that make up the body’s defense system (immune) and how their ability to fight off infections, such as tuberculosis, is affected when they are exposed to particles in air pollution material.
Who Participates: The study is recruiting healthy, non-smoking adults between the ages of 18 and 65, who weigh at least 110 pounds.
Study Procedures: You will be asked to complete a short screening questionnaire over the phone to determine if you are eligible for the study. The screening questionnaire usually takes about 5 – 10 minutes.
You will be asked to come to the EOHSI clinic for up to 2 visits.
If you are TST (the tuberculin skin test) negative or do not know you TST status, during the first visit you will be tested for tuberculosis (TB) exposure using the TST and you will have your blood drawn. Approximately 110 ml (7 Tablespoons) of blood are drawn. The visit should take less than 1 hour. You will be asked to return in 2 or 3 days for a second visit so that the TST can be checked. The second visit will take about 10 minutes.
If you are TST positive, you will have a blood sample (about 10mL or 0.5 Tablespoons) drawn during the first study visit. This blood will be sent to a lab for testing. Depending on the results of the testing, you may be asked to return for a second visit. At the second visit, another blood sample (about 100 ml or 7 Tablespoons) will be drawn. Each visit will take about 30 minutes.
Compensation: You will receive up to $60 for participation in the study.
CONTACT US IF INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING
Email: ResearchStudy@eohsi.rutgers.edu | Phone: 848-445-6049