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Information for the community – Updated 20 June 2022
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VIRTU – Current Trials

If you are interested in taking part in one of our current clinical trials, please call (08) 8161 6328 for further information.

Current Trials

Flubub study

Do you have a new baby who is yet to receive their first scheduled vaccinations?

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital and University of Adelaide are looking for healthy mums and their young babies to take part in an important study aiming to give young babies vital protection against Influenza.

Babies are at risk of life-threatening complications from influenza. The FluBub study will investigate whether giving babies the influenza vaccine, licensed and recommended from 6 months of age, earlier will provide much-needed protection from influenza.

If you have a new baby who is yet to receive their first scheduled vaccinations, we would love to hear from you. To find out more contact or call Donna Martin on 8161 6328.

Recruitment status: Currently recruiting

PICOBOO: COVID-19 Vaccine Boosting

Are you:

  • An adult aged under 50 who has received your first two COVID-19 vaccinations but has not yet had your first booster dose?
  • An adult aged 50 or over who has already received three COVID-19 vaccinations and is interested in having a second booster dose?
  • A teenager aged 12 - 17 who has received two COVID-19 vaccinations and would like to be one of the first in this age group to have a booster dose?

The Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit (VIRTU) at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital is working with other sites around Australia to investigate the most effective, long-term strategies for booster vaccinations.

The Platform Trial In COVID-19 Vaccine BOOsting (PICOBOO) will investigate whether immunity can be maximised by “mixing” vaccine booster types and how long this protection lasts, as well as evaluate how strategies may need to differ depending on age and previously administered COVID-19 vaccines.

For more information about PICOBOO, please email or call Meredith Krieg on 8161 7349 or Arockia Sugantharaj on 8161 7452.

This study has been approved by the Child and Adolescent Human Research Ethics Committee. Any person with concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study should contact the Executive Director of Medical Services via [08 6456 2222] who can refer your concerns to the HREC monitoring the project.

Recruitment status: Currently recruiting

COVALIA COVID-19 vaccine trial

Description: Looking at the safety and immune response of a new investigational vaccine against COVID-19, which is being administered using needle-free technology.

Age group: healthy adults aged 18-75 years

Recruitment status: Currently recruiting

Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS)

Description: Hospital-based active surveillance for childhood conditions of public health importance.

Age group: 0–18 years

RSV Maternal

Description: To determine whether an investigational RSV vaccine given to a pregnant woman can enable her immune system to provide protection against RSV infection to her newborn baby.

Age group: 18-49 years; 24-36 weeks gestation

Recruitment status: Currently recruiting

B Part Of It – School Leaver Study

Description: Looks at the impact of Meningococcal B (Men B) vaccination in older adolescents and offered free Men B vaccine.

Age group: School years 10, 11 and 12

Recruitment status: Currently recruiting

Maternal Vaccination Uptake

Description: Maternal vaccination uptake in women who deliver at the Women's and Children's Hospital: a medical case note audit.

Age group: Women who delivered in August 2016

Recruitment status: Currently recruiting

WHO Influenza

Description: Collection of pre- and post-vaccination blood samples from volunteers receiving the annual Southern Hemisphere formulation of inactivated Influenza vaccine.

Age group: Staff and volunteers of the Women's and Children's Hospital

Recruitment status: Currently recruiting