Medical researchers need blood and tissue samples to study the cause of disease to develop new methods of diagnosis and treatment. Healthy tissue samples are compared with people who have developed disease to identify change.

What is the Volunteer Blood Donor Registry?

We are a not-for-profit service established by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute to support research in the Parkville precinct that uses human blood and other tissue samples such as saliva, urine and nasal swabs.

Registered healthy volunteers donate a small amount of blood (no more than five tablespoons at any one time) and tissues for ethically approved medical research.

Your white blood cells can help research

Blood is made up of plasma, red and white blood cells, and platelets. One type of white blood cell, the monocyte, undergoes a process to become an osteoclast. Osteoclasts are a type of bone tissue and are responsible for the breakdown and maintenance of our bones.

Research into osteoporosis has used blood samples from more than 30 volunteers. These samples have contributed to the understanding of osteoclasts in bone related pathologies and will assist the development of new treatments.

Volunteer to contribute to medical research today