Thanks to a very healthy response from our study members, the BC Generations Project has successfully met an ambitious goal to collect baseline blood and urine samples from more than 10,000 additional people throughout BC.
While close to 30,000 people completed a health and lifestyle questionnaire when they joined the Project, not everyone had the opportunity to provide blood and urine samples at the same time. In April 2013, we began reaching out to those participants and inviting them to donate their samples at one of our regional partner labs (provided by LifeLabs, BC Biomedical and Valley Medical Laboratories).
We’re thrilled to report that as of June 2014, we have met our goal! To date, we’ve received more than 10,400 additional baseline samples, and specimens continue to arrive in our lab every week. Even more impressive is the fact that more than 60% of participants who live in a community without a laboratory were still willing to donate (by visiting another town with lab services).
We offer a big thank you to all who have donated their samples to the project. And if you have received a lab requisition from us that you haven’t yet used, we still welcome your donation!