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Granulocyte Donations Needed

A pediatric patient with a rare blood disease and a fungal infection needs your help. Severe aplastic anemia occurs when a patient’s bone marrow doesn’t make enough new blood cells. When not enough white blood cells called granulocytes are formed, the body is at risk of life-threatening fungal infections. However, transfusions of granulocytes from blood donors can help fight infection.

Within 24 hours of your donation, granulocytes will be delivered to a 6-year-old NIH patient to help fight fungal infection in the lungs.

Donors must come in the day before donation for medication to increase the amount of white blood cells in the circulatory system. Donors must also be group A or AB. Not sure what blood type you are? Donor center staff will find out. If you aren’t a match for granulocyte donation for this patient, you can sign up to donate for a future patient and donate whole blood or platelets in the meantime.

Shuttles are available to the granulocyte/platelet donation center in Rockville at Fishers Ln. Call (301) 496-4321 for more information on how to help save a life. 

Healthy Volunteers Needed

NIAID researchers seek healthy volunteers, 18-50 years old, for an investigational vaccine study targeting respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Compensation is provided. For more information, call 1-866-833-5433 (TTY 1-866-411-1010). Email or visit

How Does Puberty Affect Brain Development?

Your 8-year-old healthy child is invited to participate in an NIH outpatient research study that examines how puberty affects brain development. Participation includes 1-3 day outpatient visits to the Clinical Center every 8-10 months until age 17 for a physical examination, body measurements, questionnaires, MRI scans, blood draws, urine collection and x-rays. Participants must not have any chronic medical or psychiatric illnesses, nor be on any long-term medication. Parents must agree to their child’s participation. Evaluations and research procedures are free of cost. Compensation is provided. To find out if you qualify, call (301) 496-9576 (TTY 1-866-411-1010). Refer to study 11-M-0251.

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