I received an invitation from the City of Hope (one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, this one located in Duarte, CA) to participate in a clinical research study to evaluate a vaccine for Cytomegalovirus (CMV), "a very common infection that doesn't typically affect healthy people" (however is "deadly" serious for certain other groups).
I meet all the requirements:
-- 18 to 55 years old and in good health (I'm 52 and in excellent health)
-- Not currently taking any medications for chronic illness or infections (I take no meds)
-- Not recovering from a major surgery in the last 6 months (no major surgeries)
The card was addressed to me, I believe because I'm on the bone marrow donor list.
Participants are paid $75 for each of 13 visits over the course of one year for:
-- 4 vaccine shots over 9 weeks
-- A series of blood samples collected over the course of one year. The blood is used to determine vaccine response.
I'm very interested in participating, and I can't think of a good reason not to. City of Hope is not far from me, about halfway between home and work. It's an opportunity to help others. And, oh sure, the $975 would really come in handy. However, I know nothing about these studies and the outcome of the participants -- could the vaccine cause any harm?
About CMV: http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/