Childhood Health and Immunity Post-burn (CHIP): Assessing the immune response to vaccination followi

Childhood Health and Immunity Post-burn (CHIP) Study

Objective: Assessing the Immune Response to Vaccination Following a Burn Injury

The Fiona Wood Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Western Australia and the Telethon Kids Institute, is conducting the CHIP research project. This study aims to understand the long-term impacts of burn injuries on the immune system, particularly focusing on identifying potential immune deficiencies in children who have sustained a burn injury.

What is the purpose of this research?

Previous research in children with burn injuries indicates that burn injury can impact the immune system, causing it to not function as well as it should. Vaccines enhance your immunity and shield you from illnesses. However, burn injuries might impact vaccine effectiveness, and analysing blood samples can help us comprehend the reasons behind it.

To do this we will follow two research groups of young people aged between 11 and 13 (who are scheduled to receive their year 7 vaccinations). 

What does participation in this research involve?

Participating in this research will require individuals to give us some blood samples before and after they get their Year 7 vaccines. These samples will allow us to look immune cell functions before and after vaccination, and to see if this changes over the 12-month period.

Participation Information Sheets and Consent Forms

Burn Injury Group

Parent Information Sheet & Consent Form – Burn Injury Group | CLICK HERE 

Participant Information Sheet & Consent Form – Burn Injury Group | CLICK HERE 

Uninjured Participants - Comparison Group

Parents Information Sheet/Consent Form – Control Group |  CLICK HERE 

Participant Information Sheet/Consent Form – Control GroupCLICK HERE 

Additional Information and Contact

To learn more about the CHIP study, please contact Lucy Barrett, our postdoctoral researcher and project lead. 


Phone: 0432 087 066.

Approved by Child and Adolescent Health Service ethics committee RGS number: 0000005988 v.1 08/05/2023

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