Researchers at the Quadram Institute Bioscience are looking to enrol family members of the PEARL participants (siblings, fathers, guardians, (step-) grandparents and (step-) great-grandparents of PEARL babies) in a research study to understand which microbes can be shared among family members and how these might affect the health of whole families.

We all have a community of trillions of bacteria and other beneficial microbes in our gut, called the microbiota. These microbes play a critical role in protecting our health, right from the earliest moments of life. The microbiota helps us to break down and digest food and is critical in programming our immune system so that we can fight off infections.

The Quadram and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital are launching this research to better understand the importance of beneficial microbes in the development of the infant microbiota and beyond during an individual’s lifetime. This will help define microbial ‘signatures’ that are beneficial to health and lead to new therapies to promote health and prevent disease.

If you are related or affiliated to a mother who is currently participating in the PEARL study and would like to know more, please download the PEARL-AGE Participant Information Sheet (see below for age-related versions) which will give you an idea of what the study is about and what we will be asking you to do. You will be offered the opportunity to be part of the ‘PEARL-AGE’ cohort.

If you would like to register your interest in the study, please complete the form below and we will contact you. Alternatively, you can e-mail to register your interest.

PEARL-AGE Participant Information Sheet

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