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Frequently Asked Questions

Your encrypted data is stored in a private, secure database used to locate people with specific medical, family and social backgrounds that match up with research opportunities.

Only you and a few authorized team members at our blood center can see your answers to questionnaires. Your information will never be shared with anyone else unless you consent in writing. You have trusted us for decades as a blood donor, and we will never break that trust.

Many scientists contact our blood center for help with clinical trials and basic research. The researchers are often looking for people with very specific conditions or symptoms. When a researcher contacts Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, we will search the BioLinked database to see if anyone matches the need.

Absolutely not! If your history matches a researcher’s need, one of our medical staff will contact you. If you are interested in participating, we will explain what the researcher needs and how that may affect you. The choice to move forward is completely yours. Unless you agree, the researcher will never know your identity.

Possibly, but each clinical trial/study is different. Compensation can depend on the length of the trial, the treatment or procedures performed and is dependent on the amount budgeted for the clinical trial/study.

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is an important part of the community. We recognize that there is great potential to make an impact in healthcare by connecting extraordinary donors with lifesaving research.

Joining the registry only takes a couple of minutes. Click “Get Started” to be taken to the online registration form.

Select Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center from the drop-down menu as your referring organization.

The webpage is optimized for desktop, though you can still register on your mobile phone, tablet or other smart devices.

    • Create your account by clicking “Register”
    • Fill out the form to the best of your knowledge. It does not need to be completed to be registered.

The information you provide on the questionnaire will be used only to qualify you for future studies.

If you qualify for a study, you will be contacted by our staff, who will explain what is needed. The choice to move forward with participation is completely yours. Unless you agree, researchers will never know your identity.

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If you need additional help registering or have more questions about participating in research, please email or call (713) 791-6653 

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