COPE Partner's Project

We have heard from many COPE Study participants that their partners, who are involved in their child's life, may also be interested in helping scientific research. Partners are tragically underrepresented in research about young children and we are thrilled to make changes to address that! Our study invites partners to contribute new information by completing questionnaires and providing biospecimens through the mail or in person. Those that choose to participate will be compensated for their time.

After completing the consent form, baseline questionnaires and the survey portion of our study, participants will receive a package in the mail to collect biospecimen samples, which include nail clippings, saliva and drops of blood (self-administered). Below are tips on how to safely collect biospecimen:

First, wash hands with soap and wipe nail clippers clean with an alcohol swab. Using a nail clipper, gently clip your whole nail as a single piece, when possible (recommend >2mm width). Next, place the nail samples in the small yellow envelope provided and seal it.  

Saliva collection should be completed first thing in the morning, prior to consuming any food or beverages, brushing one’s teeth or smoking. First, rinse your mouth with water and spit it out. Open the marked tube from the biospecimens kit and after allowing saliva to pool in mouth, tilt head forward and fill tube with saliva to the fill line. Lastly, secure the tube with its cap and place the tube in plastic bag.

Wash your hands with soap and water. Rub your upper arm, just below the shoulder, until it begins to feel warm (about 30 sec). After cleaning your arm with the alcohol pad, secure the Tasso on your arm and start a timer for 10 minutes. When blood is past the second line of the Tasso, peel the device off and remove the tube by twisting and pulling down. Twist the cap firmly on the tube to close it and place sample in refrigerator until it is ready to be sent back. Lastly, wash your hands with soap and water.

More detailed instruction will of course be provided, should you choose to participate in the study!

If you (or your partner) may be interested in partaking in the Partner's Project, email