How to take your sample.
Instructions for NZ participants.
 
 
We have included instructions for short hair and long hair
Important
 You will need at least 1 cm of hair to provide a sample.
Samples are taken from the back of the head. You only need to provide a small amount and you will not be left with a bald patch. 
Samples will be collected at the end of the study.
*Please include your research ID with your samples. 
 
Sample instructions for long hair

IMPORTANT

 

Each sample will need to be at least 3mm wide and 1cm long.

To provide a hair sample you will need:

 

1 x  scissors,

1 x  comb,

1 x piece of string, hair band or thread

1 x tinfoil for the storage of your samples. 

Step 1 

 

If you have long hair then tie your hair up in a bun. This will make it easier for you to provide a sample. Please only take a sample from the area of the head indicated here.

 

Please take a sample from the 'cranial bone' area of the your head. This is where you feel the shape of your head change into a pronounced bulge. 

Hair samples can be taken by members of your household. Please do not ask others due to the guidance regarding self isolation. 

Step 2 

 

Next, separate the hair (approx. half a pencil width) using a hairband. 

Important - keep the hairband on the root end of the hair sample.

Make sure that you cut the hair in front of the hair band as close to the scalp as possible.

 

Please remember to leave your string/hair band attached so that it is clear which is the root end of the hair sample. 

Step 3

 

Place your hair sample in tinfoil ensuring the hair band is still attached.

 

Fold the tinfoil into an envelope to keep your sample secure.

 

Please attach your research ID and date to each sample. Please mark the root end using an arrow. 

Step 4 

Please put both samples in an envelope ensuring that both samples have your ID, the date you took each sample and a mark showing the root end.

 

Posting your samples to us is easy. Simply pop the sample/s (still in their labelled foil parcels) into an envelope and mark it with the following address:


FREEPOST 108279
Elizabeth Broadbent
Cost Centre 2330
Department of Psychological Medicine
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Victoria Street West
AUCKLAND 1142


There is no need to visit a post office- your postage has been paid for! 

 
Sample instructions for shorter hair.

Each sample will need to be at least 3mm wide and 1cm long.

To provide a hair sample you will need:

 

1 x  scissors,

1 x  comb,

1 x hair band, a piece of string or thread,

1 x tinfoil for the storage of your samples. 

 

Step 1

If you have long hair then use a clip to separate your hair. This will make it easier for you to provide a sample.

 

Please take a sample from the 'cranial bone' area of the your head. This is where you feel the shape of your head change into a pronounced bulge. 

Step 2 

 

Next, separate the hair (approx. half a pencil width) using a piece of string or hair band. 

Important - keep the string/hairband on the root end of the hair sample.

 

Make sure that you cut the hair in front of the string/hair band as close to the scalp as possible. Please remember to leave your string/hairband attached so that it is clear which is the root end of the hair sample. 

Step 3

 

Place your hair sample in tinfoil ensuring the hair band is still attached. Fold the tinfoil into an envelope to keep your sample secure.

 

Please attach your research ID and date to each sample. Also, please mark the root end with an arrow. 

Step 4

Please put both samples in an envelope ensuring that both samples have your ID, the date you took each sample and a mark showing the root end. Postage for the return of samples has been prepaid.

 

 

Posting your samples to us is easy. Simply pop the sample/s (still in their labelled foil parcels) into an envelope and mark it with the following address:


FREEPOST 108279
Elizabeth Broadbent
Cost Centre 2330
Department of Psychological Medicine
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Victoria Street West
AUCKLAND 1142


There is no need to visit a post office- your postage has been paid for! 

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New Zealand participants contact us: covidstudynz@gmail.com

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