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New Paid Research Opportunity: Bone Marrow Donors Needed

Your Blood Institute is partnering with a start-up drug company to provide mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) for age-related disease research. Researchers currently need individuals willing to donate bone marrow.  

A Florida-based research firm focused on combating aging and age-related disease is conducting clinical trials that center on the collection of MSCs, extracted from bone marrow.  MSCs are a type of stem cell found in bone marrow that have the ability to transform into different bone or tissue types within the body.

Potential participants should be between the ages of 18 and 45, non-smokers, in good health, and weigh less than 250 pounds.  Donors should live in the Oklahoma City metro area.  Please note that the procedure will occur at an outpatient surgery center in Oklahoma City and pain will feel similar to falling and bruising your hip.  

Participants are eligible to receive $500 in compensation.  If you're interested, please make sure you complete your BioProfile on the Bio-Linked website, and mark "Bone Marrow" under your donation preferences.

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A Guide: How to Participate in Bio-Linked Studies

In order to be eligible to participate in Bio-Linked studies, you must:
  • Fully complete your BioProfile on the Bio-Linked website  
  • Accept research opportunities on your BioProfile  
  • Under preferences, be sure to note your preferred method of contact, and mark the donation types you are willing to offer (see photo below)
Bio-Linked will use the information in completed profiles to determine if a potential participant meets the requirements for the research study.  Bio-Linked™ will contact you with potential research opportunities.  
 
Through Bio-Linked™ and Bio-Sharing™, participating blood centers provide the blood cells necessary to support breakthrough studies could lead to new treatments and cures.