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Explore this blog to learn how clinical research helps improve lives for millions worldwide, and how you can get involved.

Flu Season 2022: What You Need to Know


What is Influenza (Flu)? Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is caused by influenza viruses. “The flu” and “influenza” are generally used as umbrella terms for four subtypes of the influenza virus: A, B, C, and D. Influenza A and B are the most common in humans, with Influenza A generally being the … Read more

Does the Smallpox Vaccine Protect Against Monkeypox?

Does the Smallpox Vaccine Protect Against Monkeypox?

Featuring Commentary by Dr. Brandon Essink, Chief Medical Officer at Meridian Monkeypox has made headlines lately as a new outbreak is steadily growing in the United States. In this article we’ll answer common questions about the virus and the vaccine intended to prevent infection with the help of Brandon Essink, MD, CPI, Meridian’s Chief … Read more

Patient Story: Dana, a Research Study Participant at Meridian

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What led you to participate in a research study? I joined the COVID-19 vaccine trial because of what it was. We needed to bring this vaccine to market right away because it was so devastating and spreading fast.  I was enticed by the opportunity to participate, be part of medical history, and to get … Read more

Clinical Trial Phases: What Happens in Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4?

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Clinical trials are research studies of medications, vaccines, medical devices, procedures, diagnostics (tests), and other health-related products. These studies involve participants (also known as patients, volunteers, or subjects) to determine whether certain experimental products are safer and/or more effective than currently approved products. Without clinical trials, it would be impossible to develop new medicines, … Read more

What is the Role of a Principal Investigator in a Clinical Trial?

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What is a Principal Investigator? A principal investigator (PI) is the person responsible for overseeing a clinical trial, research grant, or other sponsored research project. In clinical trials, also known as medical studies, principal investigators generally are physicians that carry out the study plan, known as the clinical trial protocol. The principal investigator also … Read more

The Basics of Respiratory Infections: Differences Among the Cold, Flu, COVID-19, and More

Respiratory infections and illnesses: covid-19, influenza, rsv, copd, pneumonia, and more

What is a Respiratory Infection? Respiratory infections affect the respiratory system, including the nose, sinuses, throat, airways, and lungs. They can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and fungi, but tend to present similar symptoms, such as a cough, congestion or runny nose, and fatigue. Because the symptoms are so similar among different types of … Read more

The Latest in Eczema Research: New Potential Treatments For Eczema

The Latest in Eczema Research

What is Eczema? Atopic dermatitis (AD), better known as eczema, is a condition in which red (or on darker skin tones, sometimes brown or purple), itchy patches of skin flare up on various parts of the body. As a chronic condition, eczema tends to flare periodically, sometimes coupled with asthma and/or hay fever. According … Read more

Patient Story: Judy, a Research Study Participant at Meridian

What led you to participate in a research study? I heard about it on Facebook. The money intrigued me, but then the chance to help move us forward toward the end of the pandemic hooked me. Is this your first experience with clinical research? What was the process like? I’ve participated in a couple … Read more

Cytomegalovirus: An Overview and Recent CMV Vaccine Progress

Cytomegalovirus Vaccine Progress

About Cytomegalovirus (CMV) You might not have heard of cytomegalovirus (pronounced site-oh-mega-low-virus), or CMV, but you’ve probably been infected with it. Over half of adults have been infected with CMV by age 40. While most CMV infections cause no symptoms, when a baby is born with a cytomegalovirus infection, known as congenital CMV, it … Read more

Patient Story: Mike, a Research Study Participant at Meridian

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What led you to participate in a research study? I was scrolling through my news feed one day and saw a sponsored advertisement for Meridian looking for participants interested in a COVID-19 vaccine trial. Being a healthcare worker who spends my day in a hospital, and with the amount of COVID patients we were … Read more

Find a Study

When people like you participate in a clinical trial, we can uncover better ways to treat conditions that may affect you and your loved ones. Sign up for more information about clinical trials near you: mcrmed.com/find-study