FMT donors hard to find

Recruiting healthy donors for faecal microbiota therapy (FMT) can be challenging due to large numbers presenting with gastrointestinal parasites, say Australian researchers.

Dr Sudarshan Paramsothy (pictured), a gastroenterologist from the University of New South Wales and colleagues recruited potential donors through advertisements for the FOCUS (Faecal Microbiota Transplantation in Ulcerative Colitis) trial.

Of 116 potential donors, only 12 (10%) passed required pre-screening, blood and stool testing and detailed screening