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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PREVENT COVID 101 Study
Are you a healthy individual between 18-55 years of age who is fully vaccinated (does not include booster vaccine) for SARS-CoV-2? You may be able to participate in a research study to evaluate the safety of a nasal spray that is being studied for the prevention of SARS-CoV2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Study participation includes 7 visits over 6-8 weeks. Compensation is provided.
7T COVID Study
Are you 45-80 years of age? Were you admitted to a UPMC hospital for COVID-19 in the last 6-15 months? 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.
V-safe User Experiences
Have you received a COVID-19 vaccine? You may be able to participate in a study to help find out about user experiences with the v-safe app. V-safe was designed to provide personalized health check-ins after receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine. This study involves completing a 10-minute online survey about your background, health conditions, and familiarity with post-vaccine monitoring systems.
PASC Research Study
Are you pregnant? Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 during the past 30 days? You and your baby may be able to participate in a research study to understand the lasting effects of the COVID infection on pregnant people and their babies.
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.
Side Effects Associated with the COVID-19 Vaccine Survey Study
Have you received a COVID-19 vaccine? You may be able to participate in an anonymous survey study to learn about your experience after receiving the vaccine and how your reaction may differ from others. This survey should take about 10 minutes and can be completed on an internet-connected device, such as a smartphone or computer. There is no compensation offered for completing this survey.
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.
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.
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.
Long COVID-19 Study
Patients aged 18-80 previously hospitalized with COVID-19 due to breathing issues are invited to join a clinical trial. The study is exploring the safety and effectiveness of a potential investigational treatment to prevent long-term lung damage from the virus. Study participation may last up to 110 days. Reimbursement and UPMC parking voucher offered for each completed study visit.
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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Multiple Sclerosis Survey Study - Participants with and without MS
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are seeking adults with and without a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis or other neuroinflammatory disease for a survey study to help understand your feelings about the COVID-19 vaccine. Participants in this research study may or may not have already received the COVID-19 vaccine. Participation involves completing multiple surveys over one year
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.
COVID-19 and Multiple Sclerosis Survey Study – Participants with and without MS
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are seeking participants with and without a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis for a survey study to help better understand the risk and impact of COVID-19. Participation in this research study involves completing multiple surveys online over the course of one year.