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2-year anniversary measurements

2 year anniversary

What will happen at my 2-year INTERVAL donation?

In addition to your usual donation we will collect an additional small sample of blood for our research; this will be similar to the sample we collected at the beginning of the study. This sample will be very important to the findings of the research.

What will happen if I am deferred at the time of my 2-year INTERVAL donation?

Although you will not be able to give your usual donation you will still be invited to attend your Donor Centre to give a small sample of blood for INTERVAL; this will be similar to the sample we collected at the beginning of the study. This sample will be very important to the findings of the research. To make an appointment to do this we would be very grateful if you could contact your Donor Centre directly. You can find details for all the centres here.

What will happen after my 2-year INTERVAL donation?

Your 2-year donation may be made several days or weeks before your 2-year anniversary of joining INTERVAL. At this 2-year anniversary date we will send you a link to an online questionnaire to complete. The information you provide in this questionnaire will be very important to the findings of the research.

The study information sheet advised that some donors would be invited to take home and wear devices to measure physical activity over a period of seven days – will I be invited?

At the time of your 2-year anniversary of joining INTERVAL we will send you a link to an online questionnaire to complete. In this questionnaire we will ask you if you are willing to wear a physical activity monitoring device over a period of 7 days. Your permission will also be sought to retrieve your name and address for the purposes of sending the device in the post. We will be randomly selecting individuals to take part in these measurements; therefore, even if you are willing to take part, you may not be selected.

Can I continue on the INTERVAL study after 2 years?

Yes you can. Close to your 2-year donation you will receive an invite from us to join INTERVAL Phase II. It is entirely up to you if you wish to join. If you do decide to join, you will be able to continue donating at the interval you were allocated at the beginning of the study. If you would like to know more about INTERVAL Phase II, please click here or click the ‘INTERVAL Phase II’ link at the top of the page.

When will I get to know the results of the study?

All participants will complete their involvement in the study in June 2016. It is only at this point that we will start to analyse the study outcomes. This is likely to take some time and we anticipate that the results will not be available until early 2017. At this time we will widely publicise the results for example in scientific journals, donor communications and on the INTERVAL study website.