COVID-19 Conversations Podcast: Participation in vaccine trial

UC dean for clinical research discusses his decision to participate, need for diversity in science

In November 2020, less than a year after SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was identified, the world received optimistic news about several vaccines that showed efficacy in fighting the disease. The world is now watching in excitement as the first COVID-19 vaccines are being administered in the United Kingdom and the U.S.

Researchers and scientists often receive accolades and awards when research is successful, but although the attention is well-deserved, the essential role of research participants, without whom none of the successes would be possible, should also be recognized and celebrated.

In the podcast series COVID-19 Conversations, hosts talk to three COVID-19 vaccine trial participants, including Brett Kissela, MD, senior associate dean for clinical research at the UC College of Medicine and chief of research services at UC Health.

Brett Kissela, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research, patient in the Moderna Vaccine trial.  Gary Frazier, UC Health, blood drawl and Covid testing.

Brett Kissela, MD, has his blood drawn as part of the clinical trial process. Photo/Colleen Kelley/UC Creative + Brand

In September, Kissela became a participant in the Moderna trial at the university.

In this podcast of the African Alliance, based in South Africa, Kissela discusses why he chose to particpate, his experiences, hopes and fears as well as what he wants others, globally, to know about the research process.  

Listen to the podcast.

Featured photo of Brett Kissela participating in the Moderna vaccine trial by Colleen Kelley. 

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