for Abou-Donia blood test:
Prof. Mohamed Abou-Donia at Duke University is developing a blood test intended to provide
objective evidence of brain damage. The test is not specific to toxic
exposures, but still may be helpful. Brain damage can be caused by exposure to
toxic substances, pathogens, trauma, or some combination thereof. Genetics can
also play a role. The blood test under development does not identify the cause
of the brain damage, but it can still be very helpful for someone who has been
exposed to toxic substances and is suffering neurological symptoms because many
clinical tests are not sensitive enough to provide objective evidence of damage
to the brain. Other (non-chemical) causes of brain damage may be ruled out
clinically by your doctor. If you would like to participate in this study, you
need to follow these instructions.
- Print this letter,
intended for potential study subjects. Read it and keep it for your
records. If you have questions, contact Prof. Abou-Donia. Contact details
on the form.
- Print this
consent form. Sign it and keep a copy for your records. Send the
original to Prof. Abou-Donia. Contact details on the form.
- Print two copies of this
physician letter. It contains information about the blood test for
your doctor. It also contains instructions for the blood draw lab to
prepare and ship your blood sample. Bring a copy to your doctor and bring
a copy to the blood draw lab.
- Print this basic
questionnaire. Answer all the questions that you can, keep a copy
for your records, and send the original to Prof. Abou-Donia. Contact
details on the form.
- Print this aircraft-specific supplemental
questionnaire. Answer all the questions you can, keep a copy for
your records, and send the original to Prof. Abou-Donia. Contact details
on the form.
- To cover the costs of analysis, study subjects need to pay $500. For
people who are not able to work as a result of ill health, the participant
fee is reduced to $250. You can send a cheque made payable to Duke University
Medical Center with the signed consent form, basic questionnaire, and the
aircraft-specific supplemental questionnaire.