Research Studies

COVID-19 Vaccine Study

March 2021
PI: Joanna Shisler

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is working with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and the NIH to understand COVID transmission. Participants in this research study will receive a COVID-19 vaccine, conduct daily nasal swabs, and submit monthly blood samples, between April and August. You may earn up to $997 upon completion of the study. Participation is voluntary. 

“PreventCOVID” is a study on select university campuses across the US to learn whether the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine stops the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus: both the initial infection and transmission in the university. By signing up, you can help answer some of the biggest questions for getting back to life and help rewrite the future. The researchers want to learn:

  • Does the vaccine protect people from getting infected with a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2?
  • Does the vaccine prevent people from transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to others?

Read an article about the study.

Watch news coverage of the study.

Learn about the national study, Prevent Covid.

APPLY: COVID Vaccine Study Interest Form

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Viral Dynamics Research Study

January 2021
PI: Chris Brooke

This study is designed to improve our understanding of how to rapidly identify people who may be at risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to others.

Control of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic could be improved by rapidly identifying and isolating individuals who are spreading the virus. Testing can play a central role in this identification, but efficient use of testing requires a better understanding of the temporal relationship between testing results and infectivity early in the course of the infection. The Viral Dynamics research team is exploring baseline factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infectivity, with emphasis on detection of infectivity early in the course of the infection, including the period before any symptoms of COVID-19 are present. The team wants to measure the “load” of the virus as a COVID-19 case evolves, and correlate this with both symptoms and results from different testing methods.

Read a news story about the study here.