Pneumonia: Information for Volunteers
Working towards vaccines for Pneumonia - how research can help
Pneumonia is a form of acute respiratory infection. It affects the lungs, which are made up of small sacs called alveoli, which fill with air when a healthy person breathes. When an individual has pneumonia, the alveoli are filled with pus and fluid, which makes breathing painful and limits oxygen intake. Pneumonia can be caused by certain bacteria (bacterial pneumonia), such as streptococcus pneumoniae Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia, which we refer to as pneumococcal disease.
In this section you’ll find more information on Pneumonia, its causes, the symptoms to look out for, and how it can be treated.
Our trial ambassadors
Are you interested in participating in research, but not sure what to expect?
The Pneumonia trials team recruited several clinical trial ambassadors- patients and parents that have been through the research process that can help explain what will happen, and why its important to participate
Talking to a Clinical Trials Ambassador could be beneficial to help you gain knowledge about;
- Why it is important to participate in research
- The types of research that are available for you to participate in
- What to expect while participating
Read about the experiences of some of our volunteers and watch some short films about the trial experience at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and LSTM inlcuding interviews with our volunteers and doctors.
Join us as a clinical trial volunteer
By becoming a clinical trial volunteer, you are making a significant contribution to developing pioneering research and new treatments.
We are researching a bacteria called pneumococcus. We think that small numbers of bacteria present in the nose (“nasal carriage”) can may protect people against disease. Small numbers of these bacteria are often found in the nose of healthy adults (at least once per year) and more often in children.
In the future, this research will contribute towards the development of a new vaccine for pneumococcal infection.
We are always recruiting healthy volunteers for a number of trials we are conducting, some of our more specific studies are discussed below in more detail.
If you are interested in participating, please contact the team and see if you are eligible to take part in any of our current or upcoming research studies. We will then send you some more information about the current studies you are eligible to volunteer for. A member of our team will also discuss this it with you: please ask us if you have any questions.
Please contact the Respiratory Research Team for further information:
Text: 2VOL to 88802
Email: email@example.com(link sends e-mail)
Tel: 07740 410290
You will be paid for your time and inconvenience.
Our current clinical trials
Recently completed trials.
- Flu Study
- Effect of asthma on immune response to pneumococcus
- Exploring the effect of age on immunity against pneumonia
- Nose and Throat Study
- Lifebuoy bar soap hand wash study (RCT)
- Patients with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) 50-84 yrs old required
- Healthy smokers 18-50yrs old required
- FAMILY MICRO Study: Family ReseArch of MIcrobes Linked to RespiratorY Infections