Researchers at the Quadram Institute Bioscience are looking to enrol family members (siblings, fathers, guardians, (step-) grandparents and (step-) great-grandparents) 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 (PEARL) which will give you an idea of what the study is about and what we will be asking you to do.