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Test a vax, fly to Mexico

Want to go to Central America for free? All it takes is your participation in a linkurl:clinical trial for a diarrhea vaccine.;http://www.trekstudy.com/europe/index.html A patch worn on the arm can earn you a complimentary trip to one of nine cities in Mexico and Guatemala, courtesy of linkurl:Intercell AG.;http://www.intercell.com/main/ Image: Wikimedia commons, Andrew HitchcockThe Austrian drug company is recruiting 1800 volunteers for the phase III clinical trial of a vaccine against enterot

By | January 6, 2010

Want to go to Central America for free? All it takes is your participation in a linkurl:clinical trial for a diarrhea vaccine.;http://www.trekstudy.com/europe/index.html A patch worn on the arm can earn you a complimentary trip to one of nine cities in Mexico and Guatemala, courtesy of linkurl:Intercell AG.;http://www.intercell.com/main/
Image: Wikimedia commons,
Andrew Hitchcock
The Austrian drug company is recruiting 1800 volunteers for the phase III clinical trial of a vaccine against enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli -- a major cause of traveler's diarrhea, which affects about 20 million visitors to countries such as Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as illness in more than 200 million children living in those countries each year. If approved, it would be the first vaccine for traveler's diarrhea available in the US. A couple years ago, we looked at the question of linkurl:how researchers and companies decide on compensation;http://www.the-scientist.com/2008/2/1/38/1/ for subjects' participation in clinical trials. But the trip offered by the Austrian company seems to be an entirely new recruitment tactic, the linkurl:BMJ reports.;http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/340/jan05_2/c49 Intercell joined forces with linkurl:Inclinix, Inc.,;http://www.inclinix.com/ a North Carolina-based clinical trial enrollment solutions provider, to devise a strategy including partnerships with major travel and tourism websites, as well as a variety of social networking outlets, including linkurl:Twitter;http://twitter.com/trekstudy and linkurl:YouTube.;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYqkbXdsl-c "Social communication avenues allow Inclinix to reach a unique audience," Diane Montross, director of patient recruitment for Inclinix, told linkurl:Medical News Today.;http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/135977.php "We are defining the next patient recruitment landscape." In addition to the flight to Central America, participants will receive at least six nights of three star accommodations, pre-paid mobile phones, welcome kits with useful travel tools, and $1,500 upon completion of the study. Participants will be given either the active vaccine or a placebo before travel, give blood within 48 hours of arrival, keep a stool diary throughout their trip, and provide additional blood and stool samples if they develop diarrhea. Correction: The original version of this story stated that the compensation for this study is paid in cash, when in fact it is given in the form of prepaid credit cards. The Scientist regrets the error.
**__Related stories:__***linkurl:UK to boost clinical trial participation;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54769/
[25th June 2008]*linkurl: Paying for Patients;http://www.the-scientist.com/2008/2/1/38/1/
[ February 2008]*linkurl:Should trial sponsors pay for treatment?;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54264/
[31st January 2008]
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Avatar of: anonymous poster

anonymous poster

Posts: 2

January 6, 2010

went to sign up, then realized my country wasn't listed-- Europe only!
Avatar of: anonymous poster

anonymous poster

Posts: 8

January 6, 2010

The title of the article is wrong. Geographically, North America extends from Canada to Panama. However, geopolitically, the term refers only to Canada, the United States, and Mexico (which is the reason for the name of the North American Free Trade Agreement among the three countries). \n\nCentral America comprises the seven republics of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Hence, while Guatemala is in Central America, Mexico is considered part of NORTH America.
Avatar of: Jef Akst

Jef Akst

Posts: 28

January 7, 2010

You are correct that Mexico is considered part of North America. As you also mentioned, however, Guatemala is Central America. Any references made to Central America were simply meant to include Guatemala. In return for participation in this study, volunteers may fly to one of nine cities in either Mexico or Guatemala.
Avatar of: Gabriela Olmedo

Gabriela Olmedo

Posts: 1

January 9, 2010

May I remind you that Mexico is part of North America, not Central America?

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