Rockefeller University Mosquito Study
Are you a mosquito magnet? This scientific study is seeking volunteers to find out why some people are particularly attractive to mosquitoes. We think that female mosquitoes may target humans whose blood is particularly full of proteins or other nutrients important for producing healthy eggs and may target humans whose blood has more of these proteins and nutrients. We also think that humans may release odors that either attract or repel the mosquitoes and that these smells are produced by the bacteria that normally live on our skin and interact with our sweat. It is possible that different skin bacteria may explain differences in how people smell and how frequently they are targeted by mosquitoes.
We first need a way to separate out people who are frequently-targeted by mosquitoes from people who are rarely-targeted by mosquitoes. In this pilot study, we will determine the best way to do make this distinction. We will also figure out the best way to measure the health of mosquito offspring and the best way to survey the types of bacteria that live on every human's skin. Understanding why mosquitoes choose to bite particular groups of people may eventually allow us to develop new tools to reduce the spread of deadly mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and West Nile fever.
If you are interested in helping us find the answers to these questions, you can call 212-327-SMELL (7635) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time to inquire about current studies that you may qualify to participate in. You can also follow the conversation on our Facebook page.
We are currently enrolling volunteers to participate in this study:
LDI-0731 Pilot Study: Isolation of Cues that Drive Mosquito Preference for Certain Human Hosts
The Rockefeller University Mosquito Study seeks to recruit normal subjects to track down the why certain people are targeted by mosquitoes
- This study will consist of up to but no more than 20 visits. During the first visit, you will go through the consenting process. During this time, we will ask you a series of questions to determine if you are a good candidate for this study. We may also record your height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, and forearm circumference. If we determine that you are a good candidate, you will be invited to participate in the study and we will schedule a time for your first study visit. On the day of this visit, you must avoid using antibacterial soap as well as any scented personal care items such as sunscreen, body wash, body mist, cologne, or perfume. If you are not willing to follow these personal care instructions, please let us know. Each visit for this study is expected to take approximately 1 hour.
- On this and subsequent visits we will test how attractive you are to mosquitoes. You will be tested in a warm humid room, but you will not be bitten by the mosquitoes. Depending on the results of the mosquito testing, we may also take a small blood sample from you and swab your skin to collect skin bacteria.
- Financial compensation is offered for your participation.
- This is an IRB-approved human subjects protocol.