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Scleroderma & Gut Microbiome

You are invited to register your interest to participate in a research study, Scleroderma and Gut Microbiome (SSc-Gut) which will look at the microbes present in the gut by testing a single stool (faeces) sample. The study will compare people with scleroderma to those that don’t have scleroderma to see if there are any differences. If you choose to register you will be potentially included as a study participant with scleroderma, a “Case” participant.

The study is being conducted by the following people:
Dr Marline Squance, Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre (ARRC) ; Assoc. Prof Glenn Reeves, Senior Staff Specialist Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) Health, and Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre (ARRC).

Before you decide to register your interest it is important for you to understand why the research is being done, what you will need to do and consider if you meet the criteria listed for a “case” participant. Please take the time to read the following summary information below.

Why is the research being done?

The research purpose is to find out about the gut-microbiome of people living with scleroderma and compare this to people without the illness to see if they are different or the same.

Who can participate in the research as a “Case” participant?

1. Persons above 18 years of age
2. Persons who have a diagnosis of SSc,
3. Persons who do not have a cancer diagnosis
4. Persons who do not have a diagnosis of diabetes treated with metformin, please note persons with dietary controlled diabetes can be included.
5. Persons who have not had a recent infection requiring additional antibiotic medications.
6. Persons that have ability to read and comprehend the English language.

What choice do you have?

Whether or not you decide to participate in this research is entirely voluntary. To discuss the study further or to register your interest please contact the study investigator Dr Marline Squance on 02 49214021 or marline.squance@health.nsw.gov.au or contact qld@sclerodermaaustralia.com.au for more information.