PORCCH Research 101 Online Module

PORCCH is an interactive online “Patient-Oriented Research Curriculum in Child Health” for children, families, trainees, clinicians, scientists, educators, and administrators. These online modules will include interactive tools, video vignettes, evaluation exercises, certificates of completion and research readiness for patients and families. The overarching goal of PORCCH is to enhance skills and build capacity in patient-oriented research in child health.

This October and November of 2018, we are beta testing our Research 101 online module and require patient and family volunteers. The module is targeted to patients and families who are already engaged in research or want to become engaged in research. It reviews the basic principles of what research is, what patient oriented research is, the different types of research, the key players of research and the life cycle/timeline of a research study.

Participation would involve an interview (via phone, skype or in person at SickKids) to go through the module with a member of our research education team, click by click. The interview will likely take up to 2 hours, while the patient/family member provides in-depth feedback. In addition, we have budgeted $30 gift certificates per participant for Indigo, Tim Hortons or Starbucks.

For more information please visit: www.porcch.ca

CMV Vaccine Study

Participants needed: This study is looking for generally healthy women who are 19 to 35 years of age.

Why are we doing this study: CMV is a common virus that can infect anyone. Most people don’t know they have CMV because it rarely causes symptoms. However, if you are pregnant or have a weakened immune system, CMV is cause for concern as it can cause serious disease. Newborns infected with CMV can develop permanent disabilities such as deafness and mental disability. There is no cure for CMV so researchers at the Vaccine Evaluation Center would like to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a newer vaccine to protect women against CMV, as well as their babies if they become pregnant.

The study involves: Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either a vaccine to protect them against CMV or a placebo. There will be 8 visits to the study clinic that will include a physical exam, vaccinations, blood tests, questions about the participant’s health, and more. Total time commitment is 9 to 10 hours spread over the course of 18 months to 3 years, depending on when participants enter the study.

You will receive: Eligible participants will be reimbursed for travel/parking costs for each visit to the clinic and for their time.

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Meningococcal Vaccine Study

–Recruitment closed–

Participants needed: Healthy teenage boys and girls who are going into Grade 9

Why are we doing this study: Meningococcal disease is caused by Neisseria meningitidis and can result in severe disease such as septicemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. There are currently 3 different vaccines being offered to teenagers across Canada and researchers at the Vaccine Evaluation Center would like to find out if there are any differences between these 3 vaccines, and if any of them are better than the others.

The study involves: There will be 3 visits to the study clinic over the course of one year. These visits will include a physical exam, vaccinations, blood tests, and questions about the participant’s health. Total time commitment is 3-4 hours. Participants will be randomly assigned into 1 of 3 Study groups, and will receive both the MenACWY and Tdap vaccines. These vaccines are part of the routine immunization schedule offered already in our public & private schools by public health for Grade 9 students in B.C.

You will receive: Eligible participants will be reimbursed for travel/ parking and receive a gift card at each visit.

See if you are eligible: Click here and fill out a short 3 minute survey

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Midwives’ Immunization Practices Survey

Researchers at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Vaccine Evaluation Center and the BC Center for Disease Control want to better understand how BC midwives understand their role as vaccination providers for their pregnant and post-partum clients.

The 20 minute online survey asks about what midwives do in their practice in regards to discussing, recommending, and administering vaccinations to pregnant and postpartum clients.

Results of this research will be used for public health decision making and will be presented at the BC College of Midwives, the BC Immunization

Committee, and might be published in professional journals


Email us at crubincam@bcchr.ubc.ca.

The study is being sponsored by the BC Immunization Committee.

Unpacking Vaccine Hesitancy Among Perinatal Healthcare Providers

Pregnant women and new parents consistently report that they trust their maternity care providers and wish their health care providers had given them advice on immunization. However, perinatal health care providers may not recommend vaccines due to lack of confidence or other barriers.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Vaccine Evaluation Center and with the Canadian Immunization Research Network are working to better understand what would help perinatal healthcare providers confidently recommend routine immunizations in pregnancy and for infants.

The first phase of this study is currently underway. Selected perinatal healthcare providers in 6 provinces are being invited to participate in telephone interviews about their education and clinical practice.


Email us at vecstudies@bcchr.ubc.ca.

This study is being sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Immunization Research Network.


Celebrating Immunization: NIAW 2018 and 30 Years of the VEC!


April 21st - 28th, 2018
National Immunization Awareness Week, is an annual event to highlight and recognize the importance of immunization. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Vaccine Evaluation Centre and we wanted to share a few of the highlights that we are most proud of! #GetVax #VaccinesWork

Check out a history of vaccine research at the VEC and how you can help participate in vaccine research by clicking the link to our annual newsletter below.






Read our annual VEC newsletter here (and subscribe to the newsletter here!)

RSV Vaccine Study

Participants needed: Healthy babies age 12 to 23 months.

Why are we doing this study: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a virus that can cause infection in the airways.  Symptoms of RSV infection are like the common cold, such as runny nose, cough, sneezing.  There is currently no vaccine to treat RSV.  Researchers want to learn more about a new RSV vaccine that may potentially protect infants from RSV disease.

The study involves: 12 visits over 24 months.  Visits to the study clinic will include a blood test at each visit, questions about your baby’s health, physical exam, nose swabs, and 2 vaccinations.

You will receive: Eligible participants will be reimbursed for travel/ parking with a $40 honorarium at each visit.

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Pneumococcal Vaccine Schedule Study

–Recruitment closed–

Participants needed: Babies at 2 months of age who were born healthy and at term (at least 37 weeks’ gestation).

Why are we doing this study: Pneumococcal disease is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP). Although the vaccine is given as 3 shots at 2, 4, and 12 months of age, researchers would like to find out if it is possible to achieve the same protection using just 2 shots at 2 and 12 months.

The study involves: 6 visits over 11 months. Visits to the study clinic will include a blood test at each visit, optional stool and rectal samples, all vaccinations from 2 to 12 months of age, one throat swab and questions about your baby’s health.

You will receive: Eligible participants will be reimbursed for travel/ parking and receive an honorarium at each visit.

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