The Diapers Project pilot study has reached its half-way point and parents are beginning to collect samples at home on the weekends. Here is a video by Dr. Winston (PI) showing how to collect samples at home.
Here is a webinar that we did to explain the Diapers Project and answer questions that parents might have about enrolling their children in the project.
This project is just for infants (0-2 years) at Ohio State University daycare facilities. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
After a long summer of sampling the environment at child care centers and waiting on human subjects review, we are set to start the Diapers Project this month (December 2020). We’ll be collecting diapers and banking feces for future testing to look at transmission of enteric pathogens and how infant’s microbiomes influence transmission and symptoms of disease.
The DIAPRS Project is a collaboration that formed out of the Math and the Microbiome Workshop that took place at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at the Ohio State University in October of 2018. The project goal is to use high-frequency sampling over a long period of time in daycare centers to understand the scales at which microbes (mostly bacteria and viruses) in infants’ guts change as infants are exposed to more things in their environments. Some particular exposures we are interested in exploring are: diet changes, pets and other animals, other infants and children, and enteric disease events. Thanks to a pilot grant from the Infectious Disease Institute, we are starting the project in Summer 2020 (an interesting time to be starting). We’ll be adding updates about the project here as we pursue this interesting area of study. Feel free to contact us using the information in the footer.