<How to participate in research at health check-up venues> “Study on SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Titer Measurement in Human Serum and Utilization of the Results”

This page provides information for participation in the Study on SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Titer Measurement in Human Serum and Utilization of the Results at the venues for the routime health check-ups. Details are provided below. Your written consent to participate in the study will be requested, followed by collection of a blood sample during your health check-up.

YANAGIMOTO Shintaro
Division for Health Service Promotion (The Health Service Center)
E-mail address for inquiries concerning the research only: research[*a*t*]hc.u-tokyo.ac.jp
(Please do not send any inquiries concerning health check-up, medical treatments, and use of the Health Service Center to this address. They will not reach the relevant persons in charge.)

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Currently antibody titers can be measured at the following health check-up venues.

Date: February 1st-3rd, 16th-19th, Health check-up for staff and faculties (Hongo Health Service Center), Target: Attendees of health check-up only
Date: February 9th, Springtime special medical check-ups (Komaba Health Service Center), Target: Attendees of health check-up only
Date: February 12th, Springtime special medical check-ups (Kashiwa Health Service Center), Target: Attendees of health check-up only

STEP 1 Preparation

You need not make a reservation for the participation in the study (if you are required to make a reservation for the health check-up itself, please do so). In order to alleviate congestion at the health check-up venue, please read the explanation carefully beforehand. Also, if you prepare the consent form in advance, the blood test can be performed smoothly.

1-1 Explanatory notes
The explanatory notes provide the outline of the research. Please read the description carefully. You will be able to ask questions at the health check-up venue.

 

1-2 Web Questionnaire (first time participants) (If you are participating in the research for the first time, please answer this questionnaire regardless of your affiliation or status.)
Please complete the online web questionnaire by noon on the day of your reservation. Also, please provide your body temperature at the time. The questionnaire can be answered after the consent form is submitted, but in principle, your blood will be collected after this questionnaire has been answered. The answers to the questionnaire are especially important for this research, and we kindly request that you complete the answers. For those who decided to not participate in the research having listened to the explanation, the contents of the questionnaire and information from the application for the research will be deleted without delay.

1-2b Web Questionnaire for medical professionals (second time onwards)
If you are a medical professional and this is your second time or more to have your blood taken, please answer this questionnaire.

1-2c General Web Questionnaire (second time onwards) (currently being prepared)
If you are not a medical professional and it has been a year since your first examine, please answer this questionnaire.

 

1-3 Consent form
Please complete this form in advance so that the examination process may go smoothly.

1-3b Consent withdrawal form
This is necessary should you wish to withdraw your consent to participate. This is not required at the time of participation.

STEP 2 Collecting blood

There will be blood collection booths at the venue. Please bring your university ID and come at the designated time. If the health check-up item includes collecting blood samples, then it is possible to collect the sample at the same time. If you are not participating in the study, your blood will be collected for the regular health check-up only. There is no disadvantage in the health check-up if you do not participate in the study.

2-1 The research doctor will verify your ID, confirm your consent and answer any questions you may have.

2-2 The research doctor will check your answers to the web questionnaire.

2-3 If you would like to participate, we will collect the completed consent form and provide you with a spitz for the blood draw.

2-4 A sample of your blood will be collected (if your health check-up item includes taking of blood samples, it will be possible to take the blood at the same time), completing the process.

STEP 3 Returning of results

Currently, we are ready to return the results after about a month from when the blood was taken. We appreciate your understanding that there may be changes in the estimated return dates due to processing circumstances.

You can check the results by online reporting system. There is a description of antibody titer in the comment column of your checkup results. Please access the page from here.

We will check the information on your application, the answers to the questionnaire and health check-up information before returning your results, in order to make sure that you meet the requirements as a research participant. If you do not answer the questionnaire, the results will not be returned. As measurements are performed once a certain number of samples have been collected, the results are not returned to us on a daily basis.

Based on the current known and unknown information and the various guidelines on how to respond to the novel coronavirus, we do not think you need to see a medical professional or change your daily life according to this measurement results as long as you have good physical condition. Therefore, we will not be contacting you regarding the results if you do not wish to have the results returned or do not come to collect the results.

STEP 4 Your cooperation in one year’s time

Please consider rejoining the study in a year’s time. We expect this study to yield important insights, and so we greatly appreciate your cooperation. We would like to request those that are engaged in medical care work at the university, concurrent work or as part of your regular course, provide further blood samples and complete additional questionnaires (for medical professionals) when you start work or transfer to a different division. We also ask that you do the same should you come into contact with a patient infected with the novel coronavirus as part of your work. We would like to evaluate the changes in antibody titers of medical staff and the impact of work-related events (such as patient treatment) on antibody titers. Please be aware that you are not obligated to participate a second time, even if you had previously participated. If you wish to do so again, please participate in the research.

Should you wish to do so, please apply from this page. Please note it may not be possible for everyone to participate due to the number limiting the people who can participate. We will provide an update on the recruitment status through the research introduction and recruitment pages. Please also note that the recruitment may be canceled due to changes in the research plan.