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Join a COVID-19 research study.

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You can help scientists research potentially life-changing vaccines, devices, and medications.

The Need for COVID-19 Research

Scientists are still learning about COVID-19 and how long immunity from previous infection and/or vaccination can last. Meridian has enrolled more than 8,000 patients in COVID-19 vaccine trials since research efforts began in early 2020, and continues to enroll participants for research studies of:

  • Vaccines intended to prevent COVID-19 infection
  • Diagnostics intended to detect COVID-19 infection and/or antibodies
  • Medications intended to reduce the severity of COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is a strain of the coronavirus family. Variants in illnesses like influenza and coronavirus develop from mutations, or changes, to the genes of a virus. These variants can alter how contagious and dangerous viruses may be to those infected.

But this is nothing new — there are many types and strains of influenza viruses, and that’s why scientists have developed so many flu vaccines. It’s also why we may need more than one COVID-19 vaccine.

How to Participate in a COVID-19 Research Trial

Meridian has research sites nationwide that are conducting research studies in a wide range of therapeutic areas. New studies are added every week. You can help fight COVID-19 by joining a study at Meridian.

Beyond helping advance medicine, you may also:

  • Get care from a local doctor at no cost
  • Receive study-related medical exams at no cost
  • Get paid for participating (amounts differ for each study)

The best way to find out which COVID-19 research studies are currently enrolling patients in your community and determine your eligibility is to complete the form on this page or call Meridian to speak with an enrollment specialist.

After you submit your information, a Meridian enrollment specialist will contact you. Together, we'll review studies that might be right for you and answer your questions.

Health insurance is NOT required to join. There is never an obligation to participate — we're here to help you make the best decision.

For more information about currently enrolling COVID-19 studies, you can talk to a Meridian enrollment specialist by calling one of our call centers.

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The Patient's Perspective

I feel comfortable [at Meridian]. I feel like I'm going to my doctor's office. You can talk with them, they're patient, they're understanding.

Chris B. Study participant in Omaha, NE

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COVID-19 Research Study Locations

Select the city nearest to you to submit your information and receive a call from a Meridian enrollment specialist. Together, we'll review studies that might be right for you and answer any questions you may have.

Georgia

  • Savannah: Meridian Clinical Research, 340 Eisenhower Dr #1200, Savannah, GA 31406

Iowa

  • Sioux City: Meridian Clinical Research, 4802 Sunnybrook Dr., Sioux City, IA 51106

Louisiana

  • Baton Rouge: Meridian Clinical Research, 7912 Summa Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Maryland

  • Rockville: Meridian Clinical Research, 1201 Seven Locks Rd. Ste 101, Rockville, MD 20854

Nebraska

  • Grand Island: Meridian Clinical Research, 3537 West 13th St., Ste. 100, Grand Island, NE 68803
  • Norfolk: Meridian Clinical Research, 1410 N 13th St, Suite 5, Norfolk, NE 68701
  • Lincoln: Meridian Clinical Research, 4600 Valley Rd., Lincoln, NE 68510
  • Omaha: Meridian Clinical Research, 3319 N 107th St, Omaha, NE 68134

New York

  • Binghamton: Meridian Clinical Research, 1290 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13901
  • Endwell: Meridian Clinical Research, 415 Hooper Road, Endwell, NY 13760

Ohio

South Carolina

  • Charleston: Meridian Clinical Research, 1871 Savage Road, Charleston, SC 29407

Virginia

  • Portsmouth: Meridian Clinical Research, 3235 Academy Ave., Suite 101, Portsmouth, VA 23703

Washington, DC

  • Washington, DC: Meridian Clinical Research, 4850 Massachusetts Ave NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20016

Common Questions

Call Center Specialist

Questions? Call Meridian

Midwest

KS, NE (Omaha), OH, and VA (Norfolk)

Phone: (402) 934-7563

Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (CT)

Midwest and East Coast

IA, NE (Grand Island, Hastings, Lincoln, Norfolk), and SC

Phone: (712) 639-6200

Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (CT)

South and East Coast

GA, LA, MD, NC, NY, VA (Portsmouth), and WDC

Phone: (912) 623-2240

Mon.-Th., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (ET)

To find directions or contact information for your local Meridian clinic, visit the locations page.