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If you smoke, but still want to take part in FluCamp, participation is study specific. It is important that you are open and honest about your smoking habits, but for some studies we are able to accept smokers. You will be asked about your smoking history when applying online, and/or at your initial telephone interview. Please be aware that you cannot smoke or use products containing nicotine whilst in quarantine, and you have to abstain from smoking for part of the screening process, as you will be required to take a drug test. This means you will have to be capable of going without nicotine for at least 10 days. If there is not a test that suits you available at the time of your interview, it is possible to re-apply later.
We usually run multiple studies around the same time. The studies’ criteria, timelines and dates all differ from one another and can sometimes change. To determine which studies you could potentially take part in we must first analyse the blood sample from your initial screening appointment. If you are eligible for the next stage of screening, we will then send you an informed consent form. This is a document approved by all the relevant regulatory authorities and it will explain in great detail all about the study.
As part of a clinical trial, placebos are administered to some volunteers. It is used to determine the effectiveness of the active drug. We administer the placebo as part of a control subject test to compare against the administered virus. Dependant on the trial you are taking part in, your placebo may vary. It means that, essentially, you will not receive the virus or drug, although you will still take part in the same trial. You will not be told if you are receiving the placebo (this is important to the trial). You will still be compensated the same, and your participation is just as important. If you have any questions regarding a placebo or any other queries around our medical trials, then please get in touch with a member of the Flu Camp team.
Taking part in a clinical trial can have a wealth of benefits, and we know our volunteers sign up for all sorts of reasons. Our testimonials show just some of the motivations for people to sign up. We run clinical trials because we are dedicated to finding a cure for viruses like the flu which unfortunately claim multiple lives every year. We have some #EverydayHeroes who join us because they too believe in the cause. However, we also have volunteers who have other motivations! FluCamp is a great time to get away from the world and focus. Whether studying, working, or taking a break from both, FluCamp gives volunteers the benefit of being cared for in every regard whilst having plenty of ‘me-time’. FluCampers also choose to stay with us because they like to use the compensation reward towards travelling, a house move, or just for a financial boost. We welcome all fit and healthy volunteers, and appreciate what they are doing to aid our work towards finding a cure!
All FluCamp trials are residential, and are conducted under quarantine. This means that you will not be able to visit any relatives or friends who are taking part in a FluCamp clinical study during their stay. This is a strict rule as we need to ensure the safety of both our volunteers and others. The viruses we give are replications of those that are already out in the public domain, but nevertheless we would prefer not to spread them outside of FluCamp! Volunteers are allowed electronic devices such as laptops and smart phones so you are able to stay in touch with your family member/friend throughout their stay.
Unfortunately there will be occasions when all of our volunteer experience operatives will be on calls. If you have been on hold longer than five minutes please press '1' on your telephone keypad where you can leave us a message. We will endeavour to call you back as soon as possible.
You could potentially take part multiple times, however you can only participate in one study per year with us. If you've taken part previously, and have completed quarantine over a year ago you can re-apply via email at email@example.com.
All of our work is conducted to the highest standards, and all medical trials that involve an investigational medicinal product are regulated by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. That means that every trial has been reviewed and approved by external bodies including the Research Ethics Committee as part of a quality management system. FluCamp operates a single quality management system to ensure compliance with relevant regulations and guidelines, applicable to working in the clinical trial industry and handling data. These include The Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Human Tissue Act 2004 and Data Protection Act 2018 - which are all regulated by external bodies. The performance and standards of our Clinical Teams are accountable to the same governing bodies as NHS staff e.g GMC for physicians. All of our trials are conducted in line with regulations and we take the utmost care of our volunteers. If you have any questions with regards to Flu Camp trial regulators then please get in touch.
No. hVIVO and FluCamp does not conduct any First in Human Phase 1 Clinical Trials.
We currently do not have residential studies for asthma patients. We would encourage you to register your details with us on our website so you can be the first to know when a study becomes available. You can also keep in touch with us via our website and social media channels for future updates.
Our offices are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Our Call Centre is open 9am til 6pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am til 5pm on Friday's. This is for 2nd screening visits onward only and the contact number is 0207 756 1414. If you are interested in taking part or require info on 1st screening please call us on 0800 088 2050. This Call Centre is open from 8.30am til 6pm Monday to Friday. If you would like to email us you can here at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also ask us a question on Facebook or Twitter. For volunteers that have participated in a clinical trial, out of hours contact information will be given in case of emergency.
We take great care in matching volunteers to an appropriate study. Once you’ve been invited to join FluCamp we’ll give you a detailed explanation of the trial we’ve allocated you to and then it’s up to you to decide whether to take part. Your choice does not impact on whether you would be eligible to take part in any future studies.
Volunteers can choose to leave FluCamp at any time. If a volunteer is in the latter stages of a trial they may be asked to come back in for a follow-up visit, just so we can check that they are healthy. If a volunteer has been given the study virus, we would strongly encourage them to stay in the quarantine unit with us until all their symptoms have disappeared – this helps us monitor the health of the volunteer and, although the viruses’ are replications of those out there in the public domain, we would rather not spread the virus outside of FluCamp.
At screening, a blood sample may be required. This is a standard procedure which is unlikely to cause any problems, but on occasion it may be uncomfortable and there is a risk of minor bruising or phlebitis (inflammation of the vein). This is something that normally clears up itself with no further trouble. Our quarantine volunteers (the volunteers who have past two screening visits and who are invited to participate in the full trial) are given a diluted virus so it’s likely that they may experience some mild cold or flu like symptoms. We often then test a new medication that we would like to fight the virus. If we are testing a new medicine, volunteers may experience some minor side effects. However, before reaching FluCamp, the medication will have already been tested on humans and passed strict safety tests.
We understand that there may be some concerns when it comes to clinical trials. However, we have a very rigorous screening programme here at FluCamp, which means we only accept volunteers who we believe are fit and healthy enough to take part. We conduct in-depth health checks and you will not be selected if we do not believe you are fully healthy. This ensures volunteers who join a study are at minimal risk. The medication we use in our studies has already been tested on humans in accordance with relevent regulations . The virus is only administered in small doses and you will be monitored throughout the trial by our expert team in a safe environment.
We do contribute towards the costs volunteers incur when travelling to our clinics. For example, we will reimburse £20 for any volunteer attending their first pre-screening appointment to give a blood sample. This payment is processed via a link we send you in an email* approximately one day after your appointment. If you're eligible to attend the second stage of screening we do assist further (£70). *Please note this email comes from a company called Hyperwallet and not FluCamp.
We know there may be some times in the year when volunteers have other commitments that may clash with FluCamp dates. If you can give us as much notice as possible, we’ll try our best to schedule visits and studies for times that you are available.
Volunteers joining FluCamp for a clinical trial stay with us on a residential basis in one of our purpose built rooms. Because it’s so important that the data we collect (from samples like blood and mucus ) is ‘clean’, volunteers must stay in quarantine conditions for the whole study. Additionally for this reason, our staff wear masks to comply with infection control guidelines. Find out more about why Flucamp trials are residential.
These sites are outsourced to Medinova and Synexus. They can only assist us in the first stage of screening. If you are suitable for further screening(s), and subsequent study you would have to visit our London facility.
Before our volunteers join FluCamp, they need to meet a set of requirements laid out by our health professionals – this process is called screening. During screening, we’ll ask some questions and complete a selection of tests and only then, if Doctors are satisfied with the results, will a volunteer be invited to join FluCamp. Find out more about what screening for medical trials is all about.
Screening is an important part of our volunteer selection process because as well as allowing us to ensure we are recruiting healthy volunteers, the process also means we can match volunteers to the study they are best suited to. Our initial screening stages are completed online and over the phone - we do this before asking volunteers to come in for a visit so we can rule out any reasons that they might be excluded from a trial as early as possible, for example because of their medical history.
After registering your interest for our volunteer panel, you are not making a commitment to go on a clinical trial. FluCamp cannot guarantee that you will be asked to participate in any study due to our inclusion/exclusion criteria.
You can of course bring somebody with you if you like, however they are not permitted in the clinic for privacy reasons. They are welcome to sit in reception (which has a TV and magazines) on the ground floor whilst they wait.
If you are not suitable for a trial with us after your initial blood test, we may retest your blood sample to see if you are a suitable candidate for another trials. We choose the volunteers who are best suited to the trial we are running, so even if you are not initially selected it may be that we get back in touch at a later date to offer you a place. If you have already volunteered with us, this does not discount you from returning for another trial. We regularly get back in touch with volunteers to ask them to return. If you have any questions about your blood being retested, or want to discuss whether it is possible to be reconsidered, then please get in touch with our call centre on 0800 088 2050.
We do provide a selection of biscuits at screening and there is a water cooler if you need a drink. Unfortunately due to health and safety reasons we cannot provide you with hot drinks in the clinic.
£100 per day is the minimum we will compensate an individual for a particular study, which is why we say 'from'. Compensation is based on the study length, and the number of visits requested during the study. So for instance a study lasting ten days will generally compensate less than one that lasts fourteen days. All volunteers are aware of the compensation amount for the study they are potentially eligible for before taking part.
Flu can be more serious for people with asthma, even when their asthma condition is relatively mild. As volunteer safety is paramount for us, we only invite asthmatics to take part in our common cold trials and only when we are sure that they are suitable for them.
This would depend on the result of your blood result at first screening. To register to take part currently you must be asthmatic and a regular user of your inhaler(s), aged 18-55, with a BMI between 18-39.9 and have no other underlying conditions. We would also need to know when you were diagnosed with asthma and who diagnosed you. For further info please call us on 0207 756 1414, email us at email@example.com or register your details on the website and we can call you back.
We still do not fully understand why a simple common cold virus can aggravate asthma symptoms in normally healthy adults. Our research aims to help us further understand these viruses so that one day we might be able to eliminate these symptoms altogether. This is why we recruit volunteers with asthma for specific common cold trial.