Study Participant Information

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The Fred Hutch COVID-19 Clinical Research Center (CCRC) in South Lake Union of Seattle offers an opportunity for adults who have recently contracted COVID-19 and are interested in investigational treatments and interventions, that can be safely administered and evaluated, to participate in studies in an outpatient setting.

The studies will be implemented by Fred Hutch & University of Washington investigators with oversight by CCRC Medical Director, Dr. Rachel Bender Ignacio. Our study teams hope to determine effective methods to treat COVID-19 in a reduced amount of time that will be accessible to community members outside of a hospital setting, across the Unities States and throughout the world.

We invite participation by people who:

  • are not currently hospitalized for COVID-19
  • may have underlying medical conditions
  • are experiencing mild or moderate COVID-19 symptoms

Interested in participating in a study?

What you should know when considering participation in a study. 

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Identifying a Study — Clinical trials, also called clinical studies, are research studies that help doctors and scientists learn more about a disease or health problem. When you initially connect with the CCRC enrollment team, the team member will provide you with a brief overview of our facility and studies. You may be asked personal questions to determine which of the studies at the CCRC would be a good fit.

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Making an Informed Decision — Once the initial eligibility for a study that best suits you is determined, you will be connected directly to the study team that will then go over the full details of their study, including information on the drug being tested and the details of the study and all of the possible known benefits, risks, & alternatives, in a process known as informed consent. The study team will also assist with any questions you may have, so that you can make a fully informed decision before joining the study.

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Medical Assessment — If you decide to join, the study team will further determine whether you meet the full eligibility criteria. Most of the studies at the CCRC will do this by having you come to the CCRC to detail medical history, have a physical exam that sometimes includes a blood sample to be drawn for lab tests, and have a nasal swab test performed to confirm SARS-CoV-2 infection.

What you should expect during my participation in a study.

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Participant Privacy — Fred Hutch is diligent about upholding the internationally recognized codes of ethics and applicable laws & regulations, to ensure the protection and confidentiality of all study participants. The CCRC and its Study Teams will not share participant’s private health information or citizenship information at any point, Social Security information is not needed, and Health Insurance is not needed nor charged.

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Participant & Staff Safety — The CCRC has been designed to have both COVID-positive participants and those that are healthy or have fully recovered from COVID-19 infection, while protecting everyone from transmission. The facility’s air circulation equipment includes dedicated air handling & circulation with HEPA filters for each enclosed room, all exceeding the standards seen in medical facilities. We have ensured that extensive cleaning and disinfecting protocols are followed, and that staff and participants are utilizing the appropriate personal protective equipment.

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Participation & Treatment — For many of the studies participants will be required to come to the CCRC to receive the study medicine or placebo and for follow-up visits. The study team will explain how the medication will be administered and the schedule for each visit. You may be receiving the study medication or a placebo for researchers to compare the study medication to and will not know which you are receiving until the end of the study.

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Transportation to the Clinic & Home Visits — We recognize that getting to the CCRC in South Lake Union area may not be easily accomplished when you are feeling ill. We do have private and safe transportation to the CCRC available, that is of no cost to the participant and is covered by the study’s sponsor, that can be arranged prior to the first enrollment visit.  Additionally, to reduce transportation needs for participants, many of our study teams are also able to come to your place of living for the follow-up visits. 

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Tracking Your Progress — During a study’s evaluation timeframe the study team will frequently contact you for regular check-ins to track your symptoms, how you are feeling, and collect additional medical information. You may also be asked to keep track of how you are feeling with a daily or weekly log.

What happens after participation in a study.

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Final Study Results — When the study’s research is fully completed, all identifying information for participants is removed and the results will be distributed to the study participants and the community.



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Follow Up — The study team may reach out for additional study opportunities, if available. Additionally, if you would like to have your experience in participating in the study shared with other community members you can notify the study team that you would like to be contacted to provide your story or testimonial to the CCRC community outreach team.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a therapeutic or interventional study?

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In therapeutic/treatment clinical studies, participants are given different investigational medicines that can be safely administered and evaluated. Through the testing of the different investigational medicines in randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, our study teams hope to be able to determine the most effective methods to treat COVID-19 in a reduced amount of time, avoiding the likelihood of hospitalization.

What are Phase I, Phase II and Phase III studies?

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There will be multiple studies that are in different phases of their research. The different phases that a study can be in are designed to answer different research questions for effectiveness and safety throughout, in the effort to having effective treatment methods move through all the needed processes for final approvals.

Phase 1: Is it safe?
Phase 1 clinical trials show if an experimental drug is safe in a small population of humans and measures how their systems respond to it. They can take more than six months to complete. Researchers monitor patients closely for harmful side effects. While not designed to see if the experimental drug works, such trials may give us early hints.

Phase 2: Is it working?

Phase 2 trials show whether the experimental drug is effective. Enrolling hundreds, they provide detailed data on the body’s response at different dosages in people of different ages and health status.

Phase 3: Can it do the job?
Phase 3 trials show whether an experimental drug can protect individuals on a large scale in a community. These studies must be large enough to prove that the experimental drug reduces the risk of spread of the illness.

What are the possible risks of being in a study?

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There may be restrictions on the medications that you can take during the study. Please make sure to tell your study doctor or study nurse all medications that you are currently taking or want to start taking. There may be side effects that are not known or happen rarely when participants take study drugs. Having a blood sample taken from a vein may cause pain, bruising, lightheadedness, fainting, and very rarely, infection at the site of the needle stick. There is a risk of an infusion reaction associated with administration of a drug via infusion into a vein. Allergic reactions are always possible with a drug that you have not taken before. You will be told of any new information that might cause you to change your mind about continuing participation in the study. Review all the information provided by the study team prior to consent and talk to your study doctor for details on possible side effects.

What are the possible benefits from being in a study?

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If participants receive the medication being tested, it may help treat their COVID-19. However, we do not know if this will happen. Participants may not get any benefit from taking part in the study. Your taking part in the study may help us know more about how to treat people with COVID-19. If you take part in the study, your health will be monitored closely.

Is the CCRC safe for those who have tested positive for COVID-19, who have recovered from COVID-19, and who have never had COVID-19?

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The CCRC’s design is geared specifically to be able to safely treat both COVID-positive participants and those that are healthy or have fully recovered from COVID-19, while protecting everyone from transmission. The retro-fit of the CCRC facility included the implementation of new air circulation equipment keeping COVID-19 needs in mind, with dedicated air handling & circulation and HEPA filters for each enclosed room, that all well exceeds the standards seen in medical facilities. We have ensured that extensive cleaning and disinfecting protocols are followed, and that staff and participants are utilizing the appropriate personal protective equipment.

Will I receive reimbursement if I participate in a study at the CCRC?

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We know that our participant’s time is valuable. If you qualify and decide to join a COVID-19 treatment study, you will be compensated for your time. The study team will outline the full payment schedule prior to the participant enrolling.

Will my private or health information be shared?

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Fred Hutch is diligent about upholding the internationally recognized codes of ethics and applicable laws & regulations, to ensure the protection and confidentiality of all study participants. The CCRC and its study teams will not share participant’s private health information or citizenship information at any point and social security information is not needed to participate.

Do I need health insurance to participate in any of the CCRC's studies?

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Health Insurance is not needed to participate, and you do not need to provide insurance information to the study team. We do not charge for participation to either the participant or to their health insurance company.

Is there transportation available to get me to the CCRC and back home, that keeps me within quarantine requirements?

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We recognize that getting to the CCRC in South Lake Union area may not be easily accomplished when you are also feeling ill. We do have private & safe transportation to the center available, at no charge to the participant, that can be arranged with our study teams at the time of screening. The CCRC has been designed to keep participants within the quarantine guidelines so that they can safely participate and we can protect others from transmission.

Do I have to join a study?

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Being in a study at the CCRC is voluntary and you do not have to join. The study team will provide a detailed schedule to review and consider prior to consent. You can refuse to take part or stop taking part at any time, without providing a reason.

Do you still have questions?

If you still have questions after reading our FAQs, please contact us at covidresearchcenter@fredhutch.org or call 206.667.7710.

If you have questions about COVID-19 symptoms or other pandemic-related questions, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you experience a medical emergency, call 911 and notify the operator if you think you might have COVID-19.


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COVID-19 Clinical Research Center

Entrance A:
820 Minor Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109
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Entrance B:
1205 Aloha St.
Seattle, WA 98109
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Phone: 206.667.7100
Work Location: 820 Minor Ave. N., Seattle WA 98109
Last Modified, September 21, 2021