According to the National Institutes of Health, cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus in the same family of viruses that cause cold sores, infectious mononucleosis, and chickenpox. It is estimated that CMV infects between 50 to 80% of all adults in the U.S. by the age of 40. Most people who acquire CVM display no signs of illness or have mild symptoms such as fever, fatigue, or tender lymph nodes. CVM is most commonly transmitted through infected body fluids to an uninfected person, but the virus can also pass from mother to fetus during pregnancy.
For most people, CMV infection is not a problem. However, unborn infants who receive the virus from their mother can have long-term affects stemming from CMV. The types of effects that may result from an unborn infant receiving the virus from their mother include hearing loss, visual impairment, seizures, or mental or physical disabilities. This risk is much higher for women who are infected for the first time with CMV while pregnant. It is estimated that 3,000 to 9,000 infants in the U.S. per year develop symptoms of nervous system damage from CMV.
Because an effective CMV vaccine could protect women and their infants from the effects of CMV, it is important that we conduct research studies like this to find more effective preventative treatments. Participation in clinical research is one of the best ways to advance new knowledge and contribute to the development of new vaccines and treatments, which is why we hope you will provide us with your contact information. We will promptly reach out to you to provide you with more information about the study. You can decide if joining the study is right for you.
To participate in this research study, patients must:
*Be female age 16 to 35 years of age
*Not be pregnant, but be able to become pregnant
*Have direct exposure to children under 5 years old, either at home or work
This is not a complete list of requirements to participate in the study. Please provide us with your contact information so we can discuss these and additional requirements with you.
While participation in a clinical trial, also called a research study, is voluntary, participants may be compensated for your time and travel expenses. Compensation will be discussed with you by the staff at the research clinic.
If you are interested in participating or you just wish to learn more, please provide us with your contact information. We will contact you within two business days.
Doctors and scientists are constantly finding new treatments that may help prevent, detect, diagnose, control, and treat illnesses. A clinical trial or research study is a scientific study that tests these new discoveries. Research studies depend upon the participation of volunteers.
There is no guarantee that subjects will receive any benefit from being in the study. This research study may yield new information that could benefit people at risk of contracting CMV in the future by helping to answer questions about the efficacy and safety of the study vaccine.
Participation in a research study is completely voluntary. In all research studies, qualified potential participants are first told about the research study in detail. After receiving this information, all participants must give their consent in writing to proceed. Some research studies involve more tests and doctor visits than the participant would normally have for an illness or condition.
Health Insurance is NOT required to participate.
There are no charges for you for to participate in this medical research study. You will not be charged for the study vaccine, study-related procedures and tests, or study visits.
Before joining a research study, volunteers must meet specific requirements. These requirements are based on various factors. These can include your age, medical history, current health status, current medications, and drug allergies. The list of things that must be satisfied before a person can participate in a research study are called Inclusion Criteria. The list of things that will stop a person from participating in a research study are called Exclusion Criteria. The Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria were developed to help make the results of the study accurate. They were also developed for the safety of all participants. We will not know whether you satisfy all study requirements until we speak with you and, if needed, complete a screening assessment at our facilities.
The Tekton Research Study Team is made of professional, friendly, and caring individuals who have a passion for making life better. Our Medical Director leads our team of coordinators, coordinator assistants, research assistants, regulatory specialists, phlebotomists, and recruiters. Our team ensures you, the participant, is informed and well cared for. We take pride in our conduct of clinical trials. You are in good care with the Tekton Research Study Team.
4534 West Gate Blvd, Suite 110
Austin, TX 78745