Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the study needed?
· The gut microbiota is the group of microorganisms (very small living things, such as bacteria and fungi) that live inside and on the surface of our digestive system (e.g. gut, colon, intestines).
What does taking part in the study involve?
Before you can take part in the study, you will be asked to:
Work Package 1 (WP1) is an observational (single-visit) study aimed at evaluating the baseline gut microbiota composition and its association with individual differences in brain and behavioural functioning. WP1 involves one study appointment (+ screening visit).
What is the difference between Work Package 1 (WP1) and Work Package 2 (WP2)?
What do you mean by MRI?
What do you mean by faecal sample? How will this be collected?
· By ‘faecal’, we refer to a sample of your poo/stool.
What do you mean by urine sample? How will this be collected?
· By ‘urine’, we refer to a sample of your pee.
What do you mean by blood sample? How will this be collected?
· By blood sample we refer to a venous blood sample, which is taken from your inner elbow.
What are the supplements I will be asked to take?
Please note you will only be provided with supplements if you are participating in WP2. This section is not relevant for volunteers taking part in WP1.
Am I eligible to take part?
Study inclusion criteria
Study exclusion criteria
What MRI contraindications would prevent me from being eligible for the study?
Do I have to take part?
What should I do if I want to take part?
What happens after the initial screening questionnaire?
I found out I am eligible to participate in the study. What happens next?
What happens during the screening visit?
Sometime before your study appointment, we will invite you to the University of Reading to attend a screening visit, which will last approximately 30 minutes. The screening visit is a great opportunity to meet the researchers involved in the study, and most of all to ask any questions you may have.
What happens during the study appointment(s)?
Before arriving on the day of your study appointment
At the Harry Nursten Building/Hugh Sinclair Unit
At the Harry Pitt Building/ School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences
Are there any benefits for me in joining the study?
· Participating in the study will benefit the development of research and give you an idea of how research is conducted.
How will I be reimbursed?
· You will be paid via bank transfer following the end of your participation in the study.
Are there any risks for me in joining the study?
Faecal and urine samples
Blood sample collection
How do I withdraw if I want to do so?
· The study will be most valuable if few people withdraw from it, so it is important to discuss any concerns you have with a member of the study team before you agree to participate.
What data will you collect from me and how will my data be kept?
We will always protect your privacy and ensure that your data is handled in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679.
· Your personal data will be kept confidential and securely stored for five years, in a coded form, whereby data and observations will be linked to the personally identifiable information only through a code available only to the Principal Investigator of the study.
· The anonymised data collected during the study will be analysed and the results of our study will appear in scientific publications.
· Until the end of the study, all data entered on eNutri will be temporarily stored by the password- protected Google Firebase technology (a reliable and widely-used platform developed by Google for creating mobile and web applications).
What happens to the results of the study?
Can I know the results obtained from my faecal, urine and blood samples, or from my MRI?
Who is organising and funding the study?
Who has approved the study?
Who do I contact if I have any concerns?
Can I be removed from the study?
It is unlikely but possible that you could be removed from the study.