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RESEARCH

You can Make a Difference through Research!

South Texas Blood & Tissue partners with a wide range of researchers to help support new treatments for disease and improve therapeutic processes. We need people like you to join the effort and donate blood, blood cells and more. You can help by joining our Research Registry.

By filling out the form below, you are agreeing to be contacted about research opportunities.

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Join the Registry

Pleae provide your name and contact information if you're interested in research in partnership with South Texas Blood & Tissue.

Filling out the form below means that you agree to being contacted about research opportunities. You must be 18 years or older to join the Registry.

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Studies you could participate in

All of Us Research Program

South Texas Blood & Tissue is partnered with All of Us, a research program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that aims to help speed up and improve health research.

All of Us is looking to recruit one million or more people across the U.S. to join. People who join will share information about their health, habits, and what it’s like where they live. Using this information, researchers can look for patterns and may learn more about what affects people’s health.

If you decide to participate, you can share health data online, fill out health surveys, and share electronic health records. You also may be asked to share physical measurements and blood and urine samples.

*You must be 18 years or older to participate.

All of Us Research Program

South Texas Blood & Tissue is partnered with All of Us, a research program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that aims to help speed up and improve health research.

All of Us is looking to recruit one million or more people across the U.S. to join. People who join will share information about their health, habits, and what it’s like where they live. Using this information, researchers can look for patterns and may learn more about what affects people’s health.

If you decide to participate, you can share health data online, fill out health surveys, and share electronic health records. You also may be asked to share physical measurements and blood and urine samples.

*You must be 18 years or older to participate.

New eczema research

Do you have eczema? We’re looking for volunteers to participate in a paid research study that could help diagnose skin conditions. In order to improve the way eczema and other skin conditions are recognized we first need images of such skin conditions to reference. That’s where you come in.

You are eligible to volunteer to participate if you have eczema, are over the age of 18 and currently not pregnant. The study consists of taking approximately 44 photos at 4 different timepoints (a total of about 176 photos) including full body, from the comfort of your own home. These photos will be uploaded to a secure platform from your own device and will be used to help teach AI models to recognize specific skin conditions. All data collected in this study, including the images you provide, will be treated as strictly confidential in compliance with data protection laws and regulations. Participants will receive up to $425 in compensation.

Ready to get started? Use the link below.

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Psoriasis research

We’re looking for volunteers to participate in a paid research study that could help diagnose skin conditions like psoriasis. In order to improve the way we recognize these conditions, we first need images of all different skin diseases to reference. That’s where you come in.

You are eligible to volunteer for this study if you are living with psoriasis, over 18 and currently not pregnant. The study consists of taking approximately 49 photos at 4 different time points (a total of about 196 photos) including full body, from the comfort of your own home. These photos will be uploaded to a secure platform from your own device and will be used to help teach AI models to recognize specific skin conditions. All data collected in this study, including the images you provide, will be treated as strictly confidential in compliance with data protection laws and regulations. Participants will receive up to $425 in compensation.

Ready to get started? Use the link below.

Link

All of Us Research Program

South Texas Blood & Tissue is partnered with All of Us, a research program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that aims to help speed up and improve health research.  

All of Us is looking to recruit one million or more people across the U.S. to join. People who join will share information about their health, habits, and what it’s like where they live. Using this information, researchers can look for patterns and may learn more about what affects people’s health.

If you decide to participate, you can share health data online, fill out health surveys, and share electronic health records. You also may be asked to share physical measurements and blood and urine samples.

After registering on BioLinked, you may be contacted about joining All of Us, or you can join directly and learn more here.

*You must be 18 years or older to participate.

CAR T Therapy

One of the ways South Texas Blood & Tissue is working to advance cancer research is through working with CAR T therapy makers.

CAR T therapy is a type of immune cell therapy for cancer patients in which a healthy donor – or sometimes the patient – donates specific white blood cells, with all other blood components returned to the body. This blood donation is then sent to researchers who can genetically engineer the cells to fight cancer.

Taking part in a study like this would mean you would spend a few hours donating blood cells through an apheresis machine. You could be compensated up to $550 for your time and travel for the day.

After registering on BioLinked, you will be contacted if you’re eligible to participate in this study. For questions or more information, please email Research@SouthTexasBlood.org or call 210-731-5589.

*You must be between the ages of 18-30 to participate.

FAQs

No. Signing up means you are interested in being contacted about potential research opportunities. Opportunities might include donating blood, specific types of blood cells, or more. If you are eligible for a study, you may be contacted by our staff, who will explain what the study involves. Participation is completely up to you.

It depends. You may get contacted immediately or it may take some time. It will vary if or when those that have joined the Registry are contacted. Some of our studies have strict criteria (age, blood type, etc.), and we will invite those that match the criteria to participate. For other studies, we will reach out to a large number of registrants in a random order until we have the number of participants required. 

If you have not heard from us and would like to know what opportunities are currently available, you are always welcome to call or email our Research Department at 210-731-5589 or research@southtexasblood.org to learn what studies we have underway and if you’re eligible to participate.

Typically, the studies at South Texas Blood & Tissue involve the collection of blood, specific blood cells, or other blood components to be used in the development of new treatments and therapies or to help improve medical products or processes.

Your information is stored in a secure database and only a few restricted staff from STB&T will have access to your information. We will never sell your information to a third party without your consent.

Yes! At any one time, we are part of a number of different studies that each have their own, unique eligibility criteria. Many of them are open to everyone including current blood donors, those that have never donated blood before, and those that have been disqualified (also known as deferred donors.)

No. We are partners in research with therapy developers, biomedical researchers, and others who initiate the research study and collaborate with additional teams to conduct the work.

About Us

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For more than 45 years, the nonprofit South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has focused on a critical purpose: to save and improve lives.

Inspired by a group of physicians, our organization was formed to provide blood to the South Texas region – ensuring a safe and adequate blood supply through proper testing, storage and distribution to hospitals. This essential service allows front-line workers to focus on the direct care of patients, with confidence that this lifesaving resource will be there when it’s needed most.

But we didn’t stop there. Over the years, we’ve evolved as the needs of our patients and hospitals have changed, driven to save lives in as many ways as possible.

We couldn’t do this without donors like you. We understand that the gift of donation is a personal, powerful choice that has the potential to touch a life. Today, we offer many ways to make a difference that include:

Our team has also expanded its programs, partnering with leaders within the healthcare industry to develop a wide range of therapies.