LSTM: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine want volunteers
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine played a key role in the development of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine.
Hundreds of Liverpool healthcare workers were involved in trials last year as it became one of the eighteen sites across the UK to test the vaccine. Pre-pandemic, a lot of work centred around developing better vaccines to protect against pneumonia, one of the largest killers worldwide.
The Liverpool School of Tropical medicine's new study aims to test two current pneumonia vaccines against a placebo in healthy adults aged 18-69 years old. They've seen first-hand through the Oxford vaccine study the power of volunteers. Volunteering is in this research will contribute to preventing and treating illnesses such as pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis in the future.
In terms of vaccine development, The Liverpool School of Tropical medicine have created a unique model in Liverpool in which they inoculate healthy volunteers, recruiting over 1500 participants into this model over the 11 years. The model allows researchers to observe participants immune response and is the most natural replication of what happens in the real world. Using this model, researchers can efficiently test new vaccines in a short period of time in small sample sizes and deliver results much cheaper than traditional vaccine trials. This in turn means that vaccines would be cheaper when they come to market allowing lower, middle income countries to be able to afford them.
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