Cytokine Production by Cord Blood Cells

Study Name: Inflammatory Cytokine Production by Cord Blood Cells from Health Newborns

Principal Investigator: Michael Clare-Salzler, M.D.

Study Coordinator: Melissa Rawley-Payne, M.A.

Phone: 352-846-0605


What is the Cord Blood Cytokine Production Study?

This research study evaluates umbilical cord blood to look for certain immune markers that may be related to Type 1 Diabetes. The purpose of the study is to determine if newborns with no family risk of Type 1 Diabetes have high levels of certain immune markers in their blood at birth.

Who can participate?

Pregnant women who are over the age of 18 and whose newborns will be of Caucasian decent with no 1st degree relatives with type 1 diabetes may be eligible to participate. These women must also deliver at UF Health Shands Hospital.

What do I have to do as a participant?

A small amount of blood will be collected from the umbilical cord immediately following delivery. The blood will be collected once the umbilical cord has been detached from the newborn and the placenta has been delivered by the pregnant woman. The pregnant women who participate will be asked questions about family history of disease that could be passed on to their baby and about any complications with the pregnancy, labor, and delivery. The questions will be asked both before and after the cord blood has been collected.

Additional Information

Informed Consent Form (PDF)