The Learning Center

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

What’s the Difference Between Active, Inactive, and Other Types of Vaccines?

Our clinical staff is often asked by participants whether or not vaccines can cause the infections they’re supposed to prevent. Or, put another way, “Is this a live vaccine?” This has been especially true for our COVID-19, influenza, anthrax, and Zika virus studies. The answer is almost always no; vaccines generally cannot cause the … Read more

Understanding Placebos in Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are intended to test the safety and effectiveness on investigational therapies. So why are placebos used, particularly in vaccine trials? Placebos are particularly useful for helping researchers assess safety, efficacy, and actual side effects among control and treatment groups. What is a placebo though? Placeboes are inactive pills, injections, or procedures that … Read more

Can I Get Paid for Participating a Clinical Trial?

“Can I get paid for participating in a study?” This is the most common question people ask Meridian online when considering signing up for a clinical trial. The answers is yes, you can get paid for study-related time and travel for participating in most clinical trials. While not all studies pay participants, most studies at … Read more

Checklist: Questions to Ask Before Joining a Clinical Trial

Participating in a study is an important decision, and you should be comfortable with your decision. Each study is different, but the informed consent process ensures you understand what will happen. You’ll learn about the product being studied, your role in the trial, potential side effects, and the visits required. You can ask the … Read more

What is a Clinical Trial?

Clinical trials are research studies of medications, vaccines, medical devices, procedures, and diagnostics (tests). These studies involve people (a.k.a., participants), and are meant 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, cures, vaccines, and other medical … 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