Behind the Scenes VIB: 350 participants for 150 days

SYSCID partner VIB has started what seems like a sample collection marathon running a 6 month longitudinal study including 350 patients collecting saliva, stool, and blood samples. While most samples are collected at the beginning of each month, in May the participants are collecting daily samples. Next to detailed questionnaires, the participants also reveal their eating habits and level of exercise creating in-depth background data.

The aim of the study is to gain new insights into our gut microbiome and to create a new reference for research worldwide. Today, even though we know which bacteria are present, we know nothing about a normal variation and can thus not make any predictions with regards to diseases; this will hopefully change soon…

Participant kit