COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. People who have COVID-19 can experience a range of symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, diarrhea, headache, and loss of smell or taste. Although most people with COVID-19 recover, others can become severely ill or even die. Research into COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and effects on health and society is ongoing. Please check this page regularly for updates.
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Did you have a baby during the COVID-19 pandemic? You may be able to participate in a research study being conducted by UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, Pitt Public Health, and Healthy Start, Inc. to learn about stressful events in pregnancy that happened during the pandemic. Compensation is provided.
Were you previously diagnosed with COVID-19, and have interest in research? Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are conducting a research study that will enroll patients with and without persistent symptoms after COVID-19. This is a registry study or registry bank. The goal of this study is to help us understand the symptoms that patients get and what may be causing them.
COVID Protection After Transplant-Immunosuppression Reduction (CPAT-ISR)
Have you had a kidney or liver transplant more than 1 year ago without rejection? Do you want to know if you have immunity to COVID-19? You may be eligible to participate in a research study to help us learn whether an additional dose of COVID-19 study vaccine with or without lowering an anti-rejection medicine can help transplant recipients make more antibody to COVID-19.
ACTIV-6 Research Study
Are you at least 30 years old? Have you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days? You may be able to participate in a research study to test medications that are already approved for other diseases to see if they can help people with mild to moderate COVID-19. Participants will take a prescribed study medication or placebo and will complete online surveys. Compensation is provided.
Have you recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have a child under the age of 18 living in your household? You and your child may be able to participate in a study that is looking at how COVID-19 infections spread in people living in the same house. You will be asked to swab your child's nose with a provided swab up to 2 times and complete a symptom diary. Compensation is provided.
MyPaTH Story Booth – COVID-19 Vaccine Stories
Have you thought about being vaccinated for COVID-19 or have you already received your COVID-19 vaccine? Are you interested in sharing your experience? You may be able to participate in a study to help learn more about COVID-19 vaccination experiences. This study involves 1 phone call lasting 45 minutes.
MyPaTH Story Booth 2.0
Interested in sharing your story about health, illness, or research? Patients and caregivers are needed to participate in a research study to help learn more about topics that are important to you and that may improve health and health care. Participation involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
MyPaTH Story Booth – COVID-19 Stories
Participants are invited to share how they are maintaining their health during the coronavirus pandemic, or to share what it is like being ill with COVID-19 and/or caring for a loved one who is ill with COVID-19. Participation in this research study involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
7T COVID Study
Are you 45-80 years of age? Were you admitted to a UPMC hospital for COVID-19 between March 2020 - July 2022? You may be able to participate in a study to identify the effects of COVID-19 infection on the brain. This study involves completing questionnaires, undergoing psychological testing, providing a blood sample, and undergoing a specialized MRI scan of the brain. Compensation is provided.
Loss of Smell after COVID Study – Ages 18-21
Have you lost your sense of smell? Could it be from COVID-19 infection? You 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.
COVER STUDY: The COVID-19 Vaccine in Rheumatic Disease Patients
Do you have one of the following autoimmune diseases: Rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, myositis, or Sjogren’s syndrome? Are you planning on receiving a COVID-19 vaccine? You may be able to participate in a study to determine the effect of the vaccine on your autoimmune disease. This study involves 9 visits over 4 months. Four of the visits will take place in-person and 5 visits by phone.
WELL Study – COVID-19
Are you 60 or older? Did your spouse or partner pass away as a result of COVID-19 in the last 12 months? You may be able to participate in a research study about health behaviors and mood in bereaved older adults. Study participation involves 7 visits (online or by phone) over 15 months and includes recording daily activity, mood, diet, and sleep behaviors for 12 weeks. Compensation is provided.