Be a Su-Poo-Hero!

Becoming a stool donor with BiomeBank is very special. Your donation is used to create microbiome-based therapies that can save lives.

What is the Stool Donor Program (1:30)

Why donate?

Your poo contains complex community of tiny microscopic organisms that could make a difference in the lives of millions of people. The healthy microbial communities collected in the stool samples you donate to BiomeBank will be used to help us:

  • Make donor derived microbiome-based therapies to treat people with recurrent C.difficile infection
  • Learn how and why different microbial species influence our health
  • Discover and develop next generation microbiome-based therapies to treat chronic disease

You will be reimbursed for your donations.

The steps involved in becoming a donor

To become a BiomeBank stool donor, you should:

  • Be fit and healthy
  • Between aged between 18 and 50, inclusive
  • Live in the Adelaide Metropolitan Area or be able to regularly 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 lived in a area that may have exposed you to Bovine Spongiform Encephalophathy (Mad Cow Disease)
  • Be a current smoker or have smoked in the last 90 days
  • Have had a gut disorder including irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis) or suffered from any symptoms of gastrointestinal disorder, or any gastric related cancer or any surgery
  • Have had any of the following infectious diseases: HIV, HTLV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C
  • Have been diagnosed with any auto-immune disease, heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, stroke
  • be a recipient of any viable, non-viable human cells or tissues or had a transplant

If you think you’re eligible then please send us a message below we’ll get back to you via email with more information about the next steps.

Once we’ve done the online assessment then the next step is to visit our facility in Thebarton. It’s close to public transport and has free onsite parking. At this point we’ll conduct a clinical interview, as well as stool and blood screening, and take a nasal swab.

 
Once you’re an approved donor, your donation period will go for 8 weeks. You will be encouraged to donate onsite multiple times per week. Donations must occur onsite at our Thebarton facility to comply with TGA regulations. You can do your business and go about your business in as little as 15 minutes.
 
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.
 
If you do not meet the screening criteria to become a stool donor for the FMT program, you may elect to donate anyway for our research programs. 

Ready to make a difference?

If you’ve checked the eligibility criteria above and think you are suitable for our Donor Program then please send us a message.

Help us develop new treatments that will save lives.