Austin, TX—June 30 2014 – Spot On Sciences has announced a collaboration with Dr. Brian McFarlin from the University of North Texas to support his research entitled, “Comparison of Blood Biomarkers between Traditional Blood Spots, HemaSpot, and Serum in Women of Differing Obesity Status.”
Dr. McFarlin’s research focuses on two main areas: 1) the physiological and immunologic consequences of weight gain and loss; and 2) the use of nutritional countermeasures to maximize immune health after exercise. Since 2004, Dr. McFarlin has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and obtained more than $1.5 million in externally-funded research grants.
“We have been pleased to work with Spot On Sciences as part of this exciting research,” said Dr. McFarlin. “Comparing the HemaSpot was important for us because it makes it significantly easier to collect blood samples from our patient subjects and, from the work to date, we have found that using HemaSpot is much easier than using traditional blood spot cards,” said Dr. McFarlin.
The HemaSpot™ blood collection device, developed by scientists at Spot On Sciences, is based on dried blood spot (DBS) technology. This patent pending device allows for patient blood sampling to be performed anywhere the patient is without the need for an intravenous blood draw. This simple device makes blood sampling convenient for the patient, improves the quality of the blood sample, reduces repeat analyses, and in some cases can be stored for years at room temperature.