Seeking Healthy Volunteers

Healthy volunteers are people with no known significant health problems. They often are given the same tests, procedures, or drugs as patient volunteers so that researchers can compare results and make new discoveries. Healthy volunteers may be compensated for their time and travel. The following are selected studies being conducted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Laboratory of Infectious Diseases – Clinical Studies Unit

The LID Clinical Studies Unit (LID CSU) seeks to perform translational research studies to answer fundamental questions regarding human influenza and other emerging viral infections to inform and impact future vaccine and therapeutic design, while also making an effort to assist in evaluation of novel products that may impact human health.

The following clinical research studies are seeking volunteers for studies being conducted by the LID CSU at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland:

Screening Healthy Volunteers for Influenza Challenge Studies

If you are healthy, have some time, and have an interest in helping researchers make discoveries about influenza (the flu), we need you for a screening study. The screening is used to determine eligibility for future studies that will help researchers learn more about the development and course of the flu virus.

Study of Antibiotic-Induced Vaginal Yeast Infections in Healthy Women

Vaginal yeast infection is a common cause of vaginal irritation. This study is trying to determine why taking antibiotics sometimes increases a woman’s risk of getting a yeast infection.

Current Vaccine Clinical Studies at the Vaccine Research Center

The Vaccine Research Center (VRC) is currently enrolling volunteers for a range of studies. The VRC is looking for adults (ages 18 to 50) who are willing to volunteer their time and work closely with investigators to evaluate vaccines against diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, flu, and others.

Testimonials from Healthy Volunteers

Lara Miller
I have been very impressed with the care and compassion of the VRC clinical staff. They take the time and energy to get to know the volunteers on a personal level, so that when I walk through their door, it is a welcoming environment.

Matt Rose
This trial for me is really a commitment to my belief in the cause of what clinical research and an HIV vaccine offer to my community. There still is a profound sense of giving when you can, how you can, to solve what you can, and being a part of the HVTN 505 trial was a way for me to live out that mantra.

Socrates Trujilo
I think there is still a need for greater awareness, understanding, and education about HIV vaccine research. I think a vaccine is the only solution to this crisis that affects us all.