The Viral Resistance Project seeks to understand why some people are naturally protected against viruses, and to develop new ways to combat viral infection.

We're looking for Irish Women who were exposed to hepatitis-C contaminated Anti-D in the late 1970's. Some of these women were naturally protected from the virus and showed no sign of infection. If you think you received contaminated Anti-D, or know of anyone who might have, don't hesitate to get in touch!
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What Happened

In the late 1970’s and early 1990’s pregnant Irish women were exposed to the hepatitis C virus (HCV)-contaminated Anti-D, a medication to prevent rhesus disease. Hundreds of Irish women were exposed to HCV-contaminated Anti-D but never showed any sign of infection.


What We Learned

People are exposed to viruses, such as colds and flu, all the time but only a small number of people actually become infected. Understanding why some people seem to be naturally protected can help us design new ways to combat viral infection. We think that these women have ‘super’ immune systems that protected them from HCV – and may actually be still protecting them from all sorts of other viral infections.


The Project

We are embarking on a study targeting all women who were exposed to HCV-contaminated Anti-D between the years of 1977 and 1979. This study aims to explore the reasons why some women were naturally protected from HCV and show no signs of infection. We believe these women may hold the key to fighting off this serious liver disease as well as other viral infections.


How You Can Help

If you think that you were exposed to HCV-contaminated Anti-D in 1977-1979, you could hold the key to our study. All you have to do is fill out the form in the contact section, or get in touch with us via telephone or email.

087 791 3600 Contact Form

We are currently running a social media campaign to recruit more volunteers. Keep up to date with it below!

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Here's a video explaing our project and our progress thus far!

The Team

Led by Professor of Immunology at Trinity College, Cliona O'Farrelly, the team are working hard to make advancements in immunology, and they need your help!

Prof. Cliona

Principle Investigator

Dr. Mark

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Lena

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ms. Mag

Research Assistant

Mr. Jamie

PhD Student

Get in touch

If you think you were affected, or know of anyone who might have been, get in touch with us through this simple form.

More Information

Here you can find lots of helpful articles and additional information.


What We Have Achieved So Far

Newstalk Documentary

Our Project

Hepatitis C Fact Sheet


Rhesus Negative

What It Means


Frequently Asked Questions


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