COVID-OzGenetics Research Project

What is the purpose of the research?

  • To determine if there is a genetic and/or environmental link as to why some people experience severe symptoms and others have mild symptoms of Covid-19 infection.
  • This information may lead to new testing methods, and/or treatments that could benefit future generations.

What does participation in this research involve?

  • Providing informed consent.
  • Completing a short 10-minute online questionnaire at 4 time-points on your symptoms and severity of your Covid-19 infection as well as your recovery.
  • Completing a Lifestyle and Environmental Risk Factors Questionnaire about your ancestry, family, occupation, residential history, diet, physical activity, lifestyle behaviours e.g. smoking, alcohol and exposure to chemicals and pesticides.
  • Provide a biological (blood) sample for genetic analysis and biomarkers.

Who can participate?

  • Any person living in Australia who has had a positive diagnostic Covid- 19 test and is 18 years of age and over.

Will I get paid?

  • On completion of the initial questionnaire and once we have received your biological sample you will receive a $80 gift card for reimbursement of your time, travel, parking and other expenses that you may have incurred as a result of participating.
  • On receipt of the follow up questionnaires and your biological samples you will receive a $40 gift card for reimbursement of costs associated with participating in the follow up time points.

Do I have to attend the University of Queensland?

  • No. You will not have to attend the University of Queensland to participate in this study.
  • Questionnaires can be completed online, or we can send you a paper copy.
  • You can provide a blood sample by attending your nearest pathology collection centre.

Can I access my results or genetic data?

  • No. This research is not designed to provide any clinical results to participants. It is not standard research practice to return genetic findings to participants.

Will I be given the results of the research project?

  • We intend to provide periodic updates of the project’s progress and results via email and on our website.

Proceed To Participate:

If you wish to participate, you can do so by following one of the steps below:

  1. Online Participation
    • Confirm that you have had Covid-19.

I confirm that I have had Covid-19.

*Note: If you would like to participate in this research project as a Control (have not had Covid-19), please contact the research team to express your interest.
  Ph: 07 3346 2089 Email: covidozgen@uq.edu.au

  1. Offline Participation
    • Download the Covid-19 Participant Information Consent Form here.
    • Complete the Participant Information Consent Form by providing the required details and sign it.
    • Send the signed pdf document to covidozgen@uq.edu.au

If you have already participated and would like to withdraw, you can do so by following the steps below:

  • Download the Covid-19 Withdrawal Form here.
  • Complete the Withdrawal form by providing the required details and sign it.
  • Send the signed pdf document to covidozgen@uq.edu.au

 

Watch how this study could lead to new treatments by understanding why there are differences in the severity of symptoms between Covid-19 patients.

More Information About This Project

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Research Team
Ph: 07 3346 2089
Email: covidozgen@uq.edu.au

Research Project Manager
Anjali Henders
Ph: 07 3346 6474
Email: a.henders@uq.edu.au

Zoom Call Us:

**Note: Bookings are accepted Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm. After hours bookings can be arranged. Proceed to book a zoom call that suits you best and we will confirm the appointment as soon as we can.

Your decision whether to take part and then withdraw, will not affect your routine treatment, your relationship with those treating you or your relationship with The University of Queensland.