People with Flu-like Symptoms Needed for Study

Northwestern Medicine
Clinical Trials and Research February 05, 2013
Woman blowing her noseInfluenza season is in full swing in the Chicago area and Northwestern Medicine researchers are looking for people who have had flu-like symptoms for fewer than seven days to participate in an on going study.
Here’s what the researchers are looking for in potential study participants:

  • Non-smokers, 18-60 years old, without significant chronic conditions, who’ve had a flu-like illness for fewer than seven days
  • Two-to-three visits to Northwestern Medicine’s Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Clinical Research Unit are required
  • Each visit will take 1.5-2 hours to complete
  • Monetary compensation is provided
“We still do not fully understand how the body defends itself from influenza infection and why some people have mild infections and others have more serious cases,” said Pedro Avila, MD, principal investigator of the study. “We are doing research to find out why some people are more susceptible to the flu than others.”

Avila is a professor of medicine in the allergy division at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and an allergist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

For more information or to become a study participant, contact:

Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Clinical Research Unit (AAICRU)
Northwestern Medicine
675 North Saint Clair Street
Galter Pavilion, 18th Floor, Chicago, IL
Phone: 312.695.6518
Pager: 312.921.9451
Email: flu.northwestern@gmail.com