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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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.
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.
MyPaTH Story Booth: Amplifying African American Voices and Healthcare Experiences
In follow-up of Black History Month, the Story Booth team is putting a special focus on stories from African American storytellers over the next 90 days. We would like to invite patients, caregivers, and health care providers to share their experiences regarding accessing health care. Your voices can empower change to research, patient-centered care, and most importantly, your community.
Addressing Cognitive Fog in Long-COVID Patients
Are you 21 to 65 years old? Have you had COVID symptoms lasting 3 months or longer after infection? You may be eligible for a research study to determine best treatment options for Long-COVID patients with cognitive impairment. Compensation 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.
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.
If you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 5 days and are considered at lower risk for severe COVID-19 and have none of the risk factors that would put you at higher risk of disease progression you may be able to participate in a study to determine the safety and effectiveness of an experimental medication for COVID-19.
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.
PASC Research Study
Have you had COVID during a pregnancy? 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.
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.
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.
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.