BRI is inviting Seattle-area adults to participate in the Sound Life Project, a groundbreaking research study to build a baseline of knowledge over time about the human immune system to better understand disease.

The Sound Life Project is a trailblazing research initiative by Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI), designed to understand the healthy immune system. Together with researchers, clinicians and volunteers across the Puget Sound, we’re ushering in a new era of medical innovation. The Sound Life Project aims to understand how the immune system functions in health, so that we can ultimately improve health and wellness for millions of Americans living with diseases of the immune system like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer. With your help, we can make it happen.

Study Goal

BRI scientists will examine the immune systems of volunteers who do not have an autoimmune disease, with the goal of understanding what constitutes a “normal” baseline. The ultimate goal of the Sound Life Project is to lay the groundwork for better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent immune system diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis. 

How You Can Participate in Research

Participation starts by volunteering to give blood and share health information for research into human immune health and disease. Your participation could lead to the next breakthrough.

The first step is signing up. Our team will get in touch with you to answer your questions, ask a few screening questions of our own and schedule an appointment that's convenient for you. At your appointment, we create your health profile and you give blood. Each sample is labeled by number only to ensure confidentiality. Participants will receive free parking and a stipend.

More Info

The Sound Life Project is the initial phase of a research partnership led by the new Allen Institute for Immunology. BRI’s role is to provide detailed information about healthy immune systems to serve as a foundation for existing and future disease research programs. The collaboration will result in a better understanding of how the immune system ages, environmental influences and how diseases develop. 

How to Sign Up

To join the study, visit Sound Life Project.org.

 

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December 9, 2019

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