Wildfires and Health
Stanford University

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"Help us to understand how wildfire smoke exposure impacts health"
Age: 6 - 90 years old
Healthy Volunteers: Yes
Keywords: Allergy, Asthma, Wildfires, PM2.5, Air Pollution
Type: Understanding Allergies Observational Study
200 Participants
You are invited to participate in a research study designed to improve our ability to understand and accurately diagnose allergic disease, especially if exposed to wildfire smoke. We hope to learn more about which allergy cells in your body will accurately diagnose allergies and which cells tell us about how severe or persistent a particular allergy is likely to be. Wildfires in California and elsewhere are increasing at an alarming rate and will only get worse with climate change. Little is known about the short-term or long- term health impacts of exposure to wildfire smoke, such as that which infiltrated the Bay Area last Fall. The Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research at Stanford University is one of the few centers doing wildfire and health research, especially in those with preexisting asthma and/or allergies.

You are invited to participate in a unique study with the potential for high impact understanding allergies and immunology. During the summer months, we will be collecting baseline health data from all community at large. Involvement in this study is a one-time event. However, you may need to come to the Center for more than one visit depending on the procedures performed. We may also need to contact you when the Bay Area is exposed to wildfire smoke, to collect samples. We will look for health outcomes, cardiovascular and immune changes.

Update: Given the COVID-19 pandemic, many studies have changed to remote sampling. We mail kits to your home and the samples are returned in a prepaid envelope.
This study requires

If you decide to participate in this study, we may perform several procedures and you may be asked to complete questionnaires about your allergies and asthma. Each questionnaire will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

This research study seeks to understand and accurately diagnose allergic disease. It may include procedures including but not limited to finger-prick testing and/or a blood draw. The procedures performed in this research study come with limited risk with the most common risk of discomfort during the research procedure(s).

Who can participate
  • Children and adults
  • With or without preexisting asthma and/or allergies
Benefits and risks of participating
Your participation may contribute to advancing the knowledge of asthma and allergic disease in association with wildfire smoke exposure. The results will help us to determine the impact of wildfire smoke exposure on allergies and immunology and overall health.

Participants Rights Questions, contact 1-866-680-2906
$25 for a blood draw.
Study duration and period
In-person visits take approximately 30 minutes. For in-home sampling, the kit takes 15 minutes to complete.
Recruitment period
From Aug. 12, 2019 to Aug. 12, 2021
Stanford Children's Health | Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
725 Welch Road
Room 183
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Mary Prunicki
Research Topic
  • Allergy
  • Asthma
  • Healthy volunteers
  • Wildfire

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