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Barwon Health thanks COVID vaccine research volunteers

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

To celebrate International Clinical Trials Day, the Barwon Health Clinical Trials Unit invited their 68 COVID vaccine participants to University Hospital Geelong to celebrate and thank them for their participation over the past 12 months.

These participants, aged between 18 and 84, committed to attending regular site visits for vaccinations, blood tests and nasal swabs, contributing to research into a COVID vaccine.

Barwon Health has been running clinical trials successfully for over 25 years, and now with the establishment of the Adrian Costa Clinical Trials Centre, our clinical teams and researchers can better collaborate to strive for improved outcomes.

Clinical trials participant Greg Smith has been part of a COVID vaccine trial for the past year. “I got involved in the COVID vaccine clinical trial last year during one of the lockdowns," Greg said.
"I heard the call-out for participants on the radio and thought it would be a good way to contribute to the COVID-19 situation. I would strongly encourage anyone to get involved in clinical trials; it was a great experience and I was well looked after.”

Most of modern medicine is a direct result of clinical trials. New interventions for most diseases and conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and asthma, have been developed through clinical research. Clinical trials often lead to new treatments becoming available that help people to live longer and improve the management of a condition or disease.

Clinical trials require people of all ages, both healthy and with particular health conditions. To get involved in a clinical trial at Barwon Health, click here.