27 Apr 2022
USC Clinical Trials will soon partner Moderna in a phase 3 trial of an investigational mRNA vaccine for cytomegalovirus (CMV) at its Morayfield, Sippy Downs and South Bank clinics.
CMV is a common viral infection that can affect people of all ages. Symptoms are generally mild, however can be severe in those with weakened immune systems.
The virus can be passed from an infected pregnant woman to her child and can cause disability and even death in newborns. It is possible that a CMV vaccine could prevent this from occurring and save many lives.
USC Clinical Trial’s Principal Investigator Dr Rob Scott will oversee the trial that will assess the ability of the investigational vaccine to prevent CMV infection.
Dr Scott said the study required healthy volunteers aged 18-40 to commit to receiving three injections over 6 months.
“This mRNA technology, which is being used to fight COVID-19, is now being evaluated to see if it can fight and prevent other viral infections like CMV,” he said.
“The technology involves providing a set of instructions to our cells to make proteins that look like the virus being targeted. Our immune system recognises them as foreign proteins and mounts an immune response by making antibodies, which may ultimately lead to immunity against the virus.”
USC Clinical Trials Director Lucas Litewka said being involved in this study would not affect a participant’s eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccination. However, he said volunteers would be asked to confirm any planned COVID-19 vaccination dates with their study site due to timing considerations.
Participants will be required to attend up to 14 visits at either USC Clinical Trials’ Morayfield, Sippy Downs or South Bank centres and participate in 22 safety phone calls. They will be involved in the study for up to 30 months.
Eligible participants will be paid for their time involved in the study. Those interested in volunteering can find more information at www.usc.edu.au/trials
USC Clinical Trials seeks healthy volunteers for malaria study in Brisbane6 Apr
USC Clinical Trials will partner with Geneva-based Medicines for Malaria Venture and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane to test the activity of an antimalarial drug in humans who are infected with m
Clinical trial to assess potential needle-free vaccination for COVID-199 Nov
The University of the Sunshine Coast will soon begin a trial assessing Australian biotechnology company, Vaxxas’ high-density microarray patch (HD-MAP) and an investigational COVID-19 vaccine.
Healthy volunteers wanted for clinical trial of potential new vaccine for dengue fever15 Sep
UniSC Clinical Trials will soon start a phase two trial of a potential new vaccine for dengue fever.