*Please note: These descriptions and FAQs are based on generalizations from past studies. Each study has its own qualifications, rules, consent, and other factors that can vary any part of the process. If you would like more specifics on our studies, please feel free to ask our Recruiting Team, nurses, or doctors any questions you may have. Just give us a call at 913-825-4400.
Can I participate?
Each study varies its qualifications, but typically a healthy volunteer falls within these guidelines:
A medical history without significant health issues
Healthy lifestyle habits including no/light use of alcohol and drugs
A healthy weight – this is determined by your BMI (Body Mass Index), a measurement of your weight of fat vs. muscle. A healthy BMI ranges from 18 – 35
*Please Note: Each study varies its qualifications. Please call our Recruiting Team at 913-825-4400 to see if you qualify for any of our current studies.
What is a vaccine?
Imagine your body is a boxing ring with the champion being your immune system. Any time a challenger (or in this case a bacteria or virus) tries to invade the ring, your immune system has to fight it off.
A vaccine is a training partner. It mimics the germ, pathogen, etc. that causes the disease, and trains your body to beat it without ever having to come into contact with the actual germ. Now in the future if you ever come into contact with that disease-causing pathogen, your body will be able to attack it, thanks to the training from the vaccine.
For more information on vaccines, please visit the World Health Organization’s website.
What’s BMI? And how do I calculate it?
BMI stands for Body Mass Index and is a way to relatively measure a person’s size by his/her height and weight. For adults 20 years of age and older, BMI is determined by standard weight status categories that are the same for all ages and both sexes. Children from the ages 2-20 have BMI standards that are categorized by age and gender.
You can calculate your BMI here using the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s BMI calculator.
Why is there a pre-screening phone call?
Before participating in our studies, our Recruiting Team will speak with you over the phone to discuss our current studies and their various requirements. They will then ask you a series of questions to determine if you meet the qualifications for our current studies. If not, they can record your information and contact you the next time we have a study that you qualify for.
If you do qualify, our recruiters will then schedule your appointment for your screening visit. This is also a great time to ask them questions about the study, our facility, or any concerns you may have.
What is a screening visit?
A screening visit is your first visit here at our facility and takes roughly 2 hours. You will be presented with paperwork to fill out for us. After that, you will be given a consent form to read over, and one of our nurses will go over the details of the form with you. This is the perfect time to ask any questions you have about the study and how participating in the study will affect you. Our nurses will also go over your medical history and take your vitals.
The next step is you will have a physical with one of our doctors. If our doctor deems you healthy enough for the study, you will then see our phlebotomist for a blood draw.
We recommend you take these steps to prepare for your screening visit:
The night before:
The morning of:
What are the benefits of volunteering?
There are several personal benefits you’ll receive for participating in our studies. We do compensate you for your time and travel, and the amount varies depending on the study. We also offer snacks and drinks while you are at our facility. You also receive the benefit of a free physical during your screening visit.
On a larger scale, you can also leave with a sense of pride for helping us advance medicine through our clinical studies. Because of you and your participation, the medical community is one step closer to providing the world a new medication or vaccination that can benefit many people.
What is informed consent?
Informed consent is the process of our volunteers being given all the information about the study. For your protection, all clinical trial facilities MUST give you all the details (including risks and benefits) pertaining to the studies before you give consent to volunteer. All volunteers must sign the informed consent before they can participate in a trial. And as the study progresses, there may be more informed consent forms for you to sign.
JCCT takes this process very seriously. You will be given 1 on 1 time with one of our nurses to go over the consent form and ask as many questions as you like before you sign.
What questions should I ask the nurses?
First, you can ask our nurses any questions that come to your mind at any point of the process. But some good examples are:
How am I protected?
Before testing can start, clinical study protocols are put into place for each study to ensure that volunteers aren’t put at undue risk. These protocols are reviewed by a group of experts called an Independent Review Board (IRB).
Furthermore, as a volunteer, you have the right to withdraw consent and refuse to participate at any point during the study.
How safe are these clinical studies?
All clinical studies come with some form of risk. However, our team of nurses and doctors are dedicated to every person’s safety. Plus, every study is reviewed by experts to help enhance your safety.
Are needles involved?
Typically, our studies do require a blood draw during the screening process as well as dosage through a syringe. However, we do have an excellent phlebotomist on staff who has been working in the medical field for 20 years. Our nurses are also very skilled and will work with you to the best of their abilities to ensure that the parts of the process that involve needles go as smoothly and quickly as possible.
What happens in a clinical study?
If we’re getting down to brass tacks, a clinical research study is a way to test the effects of new potential medications/vaccinations on volunteers. It’s also very possible that you will not receive the investigated treatment/vaccination, and instead, you will receive the placebo or standard treatment as part of the “control group.”
A placebo is an inactive substance that will have no effect on you. Placebos are used on participants to form the “control group” – this is a group that is the benchmark for how we measure the effectiveness of the medication/vaccine on the other group.
Will I get paid?
Yes, you will be compensated for your time and travel. The amount varies per study. You will be informed of the amount during your pre-screening phone call with our Recruiting Team as well as during your screening visit.
What procedures are involved with participating in your clinical studies?
Generally, a urine sample and blood draw is required. Of course, this varies depending on the study. But you will be given that information during the informed consent process.
Are there drug and alcohol screenings?
Again, each study varies, but for most studies, we are required to administer these tests.
What do I need to do to apply?
There are a few ways to begin the application process. You can email or call our Recruiting Team directly with this information:
You can also fill out an application on our website here.
What can I bring with me?
As you will be here for roughly 2 hours each visit, we highly recommend you bring some form of entertainment with you. Please feel free to bring books, magazines, laptops, mobile video game systems, etc.
All we ask is that if you are using an electronic device to watch videos, listen to music, or play games that you bring headphones as not to disturb other volunteers.
What are some bus routes I can take to get to your facility?