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What is the PIER project?

PIER - Public health Impact of Exposure to antibiotic Resistance in recreational waters - is a 4 year Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funded research project led by Prof Dearbháile Morris at NUI Galway. The PIER Project will investigate if exposure to antibiotic resistant bugs (AR bacteria) in recreational waters affects people's health and well-being. 

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PIER participants Q & A

Click on the questions below to find out all about the PIER study and what participation involves!

What is the PIER research project and what will it tell us?

What is antibiotic resistance?

Why is this research important?

What will we do?

Who can participate in PIER?

Why should I participate? What's in it for me?

What does participation in the PIER colonisation study involve?

How do I collect the faecal sample?

Are there any risks?

What if I have medical concerns?

How long will it take?

Can I change my mind and withdraw from the project?

What information will be collected?

What will the information be used for?

How will my information be stored?

Can I find out the results of my sample?

Who can I contact with questions?

Does this study have ethical approval?

How can I sign up?