This section is intended solely to inform visitors of various research studies and patient recruitment currently underway. Their inclusion is not an endorsement of a particular product, company or study.
CLINICAL TRIALS of medications…phases…the pros and cons…the rights of “subjects”…are trials necessary? You will find below links to websites which provide answers to frequently asked questions about clinical research.
Clinical Trials: What you need to know , published by the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network in partnership with the Canadian AIDS Society.
ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.
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Safety, Acceptance, Fairness, and Equality (SAFE Project): Acceptable Risk and Donor Selection
This study, conducted by researchers at McGill University and the University of Nottingham (funded by the Canadian Blood Services), seeks to better understand people’s attitudes related to blood donation and the current limits on accepting blood from men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM). In recent years, the policy on accepting blood from MSM has been relaxed somewhat and further changes are contemplated. This fairly brief survey should take only 15 minutes to complete. Although not all questions may seem related to the topic of blood donation, it is hoped that it will give researchers and policy-makers a better idea of a number of things that influence attitudes.
The survey is anonymous. No information that might identify you will be requested. At the end, after the survey has been completed, you will be directed to another part of the website where you can enter your name and e-mail address if you would like to be entered into a lottery with the possibility of winning one of four iPad minis. This is done simply as appreciation of your time and it will not be possible to link your survey responses to this information. If you prefer, you do not have to enter the lottery to complete the survey.
If you have any concerns you may discuss them with the principal investigator, Dr. Blaine Ditto, of the Department of Psychology of McGill University at 514-398-6097 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact McGill University’s Research Ethics Officer, Ms. Lynda McNeil at 514-398-6831 or email@example.com.
Positive Plus One
The Canadian Hemophilia Society is supporting researchers across the country on Positive Plus One: A national, mixed-methods study of relationships where one partner has HIV, and the other does not. Positive Plus One is currently recruiting participants, and wants to hear the voices of both HIV-positive and HIV-negative partners. Participants can share the ups and downs of living with HIV in their relationship. Their experiences may also help other couples, and may lead to better health and support programs for all.
If you would like to participate in the study, please go to www.PositivePlusOne.ca or call 1-888-740-1166.