About Immune System/Infections
By deterring and defeating diseases, the immune system defends the body from threats. Some diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, impair or disable the immune system, making the body incredibly vulnerable to disease. Other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, can cause the immune system to malfunction and begin to attack the body. Allergic reactions are excessive immune system responses as well, triggered by medications or foods or other foreign substances. Vaccines grant children immunity to certain diseases by training the immune system to respond to weakened forms of dangerous diseases. By studying the immune system, researchers try to help the body’s defenses hold the line in the fight against disease and to prevent the body from turning those defenses on itself.
Pittsburgh Vaccine Clinical Trial Unit Registry – Children Aged Birth-17
Are you the parent of a child under 18 years of age? If so, you can sign your child up for the Pittsburgh Vaccine Clinical Trial Unit Registry—a group of people who agree to be contacted when a new vaccine is ready to be tested. Consent to participate in this research study can be done online. Compensation provided if a blood sample is collected.
Spinal Cord Stimulation for the treatment of motor deficits in people with Spinal Muscular Atrophy – Age 16-17
Are you or your child affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy? You may be able to participate in a research study using spinal cord stimulation (SCS), an approved clinical therapy for pain syndromes that do not respond to drugs. Unexpectedly, SCS has shown the ability to promote the recovery of leg motor function in people with complete motor paralysis
Loss of Smell after COVID Study – Ages 6-17
Has your child (ages 6-17) lost their sense of smell? Could it be from COVID-19 infection? Your child may be able to participate in a study that is looking at the effects of smell retraining therapy for those who have lost their sense of smell due to COVID-19 infection. This study involves up to 4 visits over one year and being randomly assigned to one of two treatments for loss of smell.