New Pneumococcal Vaccine Study

–Recruitment closed–

Participants needed: Babies who are 2 months of age

Why are we doing this study: Pneumococcal disease is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP) and can lead to serious complications such as brain damage, hearing loss, and death. Children under 2 years of age are at highest risk. The current vaccine is more than 90% effective in protecting infants and young children against 13 types of SP. Researchers would like to evaluate a newer vaccine to protect children against 15 types of SP.

The study involves: 5 -6 vists over 11 months. Visits will include pneumococcal vaccination, all routine vaccinations for your baby’s first year, and questions about your baby’s health.

You will receive: Eligible participants will be reimbursed for travel/ parking and for their time.

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Flu Vaccine Study

Participants needed: Healthy children ages 6-23 months who have never received the flu shot.

Why are we doing this study: Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by an influenza virus. Children are especially vulnerable and at greater risk of flu complications. Researchers would like to compare 2 licensed flu vaccines to find out which one provides better protection for young children.

The study involves: 7 visits over 18 months at the VEC located at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Vancouver. Visits will include blood tests, 3 flu shots (over 2 seasons), and questions about your child’s health.

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

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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

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

Questions?

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.

Questions?

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.

 

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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Comparative Hepatitis B Vaccine study

–Recruitment closed–

Participants needed: Males and females age 18 years and older in good general health who have never received the Hepatitis B vaccine

Why are we doing this study: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a virus that attacks the liver and can lead to cancer. The currently approved HBV vaccines work really well, but scientists believe a newer vaccine may work even better and provide protection sooner (and with fewer doses).

The study involves: 10 visits over 12 months Visits are at the VEC located at BC Children’s Hospital and Women’s Health Center in Vancouver. Participants will receive 3 doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine, get blood tests at each visit, and be asked questions about your health. Females will need to be on birth control while on the study.

You will receive: Eligible participants will be reimbursed for travel/parking and receive an honorarium at each visit (between $25-$50 depending on the visit length).

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Dr. Manish Sadarangani named Sauder Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Congratulations to the VEC Director Dr. Manish Sadarangani on his recent appointment as the Sauder Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of British Columbia. Funded by a donation from the Sauder Family, the Chair supports research to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood infectious diseases.

When it comes to saving the lives of kids with serious infections, Dr. Sadarangani believes “the best option is prevention.”

 This new Chair will enable Dr. Sadarangani to further laboratory, clinical and population-based studies aimed at:

  • Understanding the immune response to vaccines
  • Developing new vaccines
  • Evaluating vaccine programs at the population level
  • Examining the incidence, causes and effects of serious childhood infections

To read more, click here.