Things to consider when applying to be a BiomeBank stool donor
FMT involves collecting stool from a healthy person and delivering it into the bowel of a person with a disease with the aim of treating that disease. At BiomeBank, we collect stool from healthy donors to treat patients with Clostridioides difficile infection. This is a potentially life-threatening infection that can be resistant to antibiotics. FMT is a highly effective treatment for this condition.
To become a stool donor for the FMT program, you should be:
- Fit and healthy.
- Between 18 and 60 years of age inclusive
- Live in the Adelaide Metropolitan Area or be able to travel to Thebarton for donations
You should not:
- Have any active medical problem
- Be pregnant
- Have received oral antibiotic therapy for 3 months prior to entering the program
- Have travelled to any locations with a high risk of transmissible infection within the last 3 months (influenza, gastroenteritis, COVID-19, Ebola etc)
- Be a current smoker or have smoked in the last 90 days
Other selection criteria apply
Individuals who do not meet the screening criteria to become stool donors for the FMT program may elect to donate for research and development of microbial therapies.
You will undergo clinical assessment to ensure your stool is safe to be transplanted. This will include a medical interview and examination as well as stool and blood testing and a nasal swab.
Your donation window will be 8 weeks where you will be encouraged to donate onsite multiple times per week if possible. Time slots will be available in both the morning and afternoon; it is recommended that you choose a time slot near when you usually go to the bathroom. It is recommended that donors eat fibre rich foods and drink plenty of water leading up to and during your donation window. You will be reimbursed for your donations.