Become a blood donor for medical research

Become a blood donor for medical research

lluminate newsletter index page, March 2019
March 2019


Healthy blood samples are compared with samples
from people who have developed a particular disease.

The Institute is seeking healthy volunteers to sign up to the Volunteer Blood Donor Registry (VBDR).

The VBDR is a not-for-profit service established by the Institute and Melbourne Health to support research in the Parkville precinct that requires the use of human blood.

According to Dr Lina Laskos, clinical translation ethics and compliance manager, the registry provides blood samples to ethically approved medical research for diseases such as cancer and inflammatory disorders.

“Medical researchers are often seeking blood samples so they can study the cause of disease to develop new methods of diagnosis and treatment,” Dr Laskos said.

“To assist in identifying change, healthy blood samples are compared with samples from people who have developed a particular disease.”

To find out more or to register as a donor, visit the Blood Donor Registry website.