The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation Repository for Neuromyelitis Optica
Please help us! We need NMO blood samples.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with NMO, please help us with a blood sample donation to our Biorepository. Blood samples are vital for NMO research. Many developments in NMO treatment come from doctors and researchers looking at blood samples in the laboratory.
Only a limited amount of NMO samples are available worldwide, making accessibility to NMO biosamples by our research scientists an urgent need. You can help us meet this critical need by donating your samples and raising awareness of our repository program.
Already donated? Donate again and often!
Longitudinal draws are also a critical part of creating solutions for NMO. Scientists need to examine multiple samples of your blood over periods of time to study the changes in each sample. Longitudinal draws are just as important as your first sample donation.
How to donate
Donating is easier and faster than you think. Below are the many ways you can donate your samples:
There are 10 collection sites in the contiguous United States where you can go to donate your samples. We will work with you to determine feasibility of travel for you to donate at one of these sites. See contact information below to reach our Repository Nurse.
Our NMO Repository Study Nurse will go anywhere in the contiguous United States to meet you at your nearest doctor’s office or clinic. Our Repository Nurse will work with you to schedule your appointment. See contact information below to reach our Repository Nurse.
The NMO Patient Day Blood Draw has been extended to a three-day period, so attendees won’t have to miss any Patient Day sessions.
Schedule your sample donation:
- Martha Mann, RN: Clinical Research Nurse
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: Department of Neurology: Neuromyelitis Optica
- 5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75390-8806
- Phone: 858-333-1704 | Email | Web
What happens to your sample
Your samples will be stored at the GJCF biorepository. This is like a library where your samples will be kept with some de-identified details of your environment and medical history. A computer stores this information, so that researchers can find the samples they need.
We need your family members’ blood samples
Blood relatives of NMO repository participants may enroll as “control” subjects. Samples from your immediate family could yield important information about genetic and environmental factors related to NMO. Contact us for details about this important aspect of our repository.
The GJCF International Clinical Consortium and Biorepository
The GJCF International Clinical Consortium and Biorepository (GJCF-ICCBR) mission is to connect scientific, clinical, industry, and agency expertise, resources, and advocacies to solve NMO through innovative prevention, diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational strategies that benefit patients throughout the world.
Our worldwide repository is in development. Please check back for updates.
Click here to learn more about the GJCF Repository for NMO, its operations and available samples and data.