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Vaccinology and Immunology Research Trials Unit (VIRTU)

Current Trials

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If you are interested in taking part in one of our current clinical trials please go to our Vaccine Trial Registration Form. You can also call Ph: (08) 8161 6328  for further information.


Current Trials






A study to determine feasibility and sustainability of hospital based active surveillance for childhood conditions of public health importance.


Currently Recruiting

Neonatal Birth Pertussis

This study is to see if giving babies the pertussis vaccine earlier than six weeks old means that they are better protected by an earlier immune response and have less risk of hospitalisation or death from pertussis.

Less than 5 Days old.

Currently Recruiting

Pertussis epidemic audit

This study aims to determine the impact of Whooping Cough and the burden of disease in South Australia during the current epidemic period.

0-18 Years old

Currently Recruiting

July 2008 – May 2012


A study to evaluate the safety and tolerability of a potential new nasal droplet vaccine to prevent infection by Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Parainfluenza type 3 (PIV 3) virus.

Males & Females1 -3 Months

Males & Females 6 - < 2YO

Currently Recruiting


To assist in early detection of influenza resistant to antivirals and describe the outcome of patients infected with influenza according to sub-type and susceptibility.

1 year

 Currently Recruiting

Pandemic Bird Flu

Today, the leading contender for the next influenza pandemic is H5N1, a virus found mainly in birds. This study evaluates the safety and effectiveness of a H5N1 influenza candidate vaccine in children.  

6 mths – 35 mths

Currently Recruiting


A post-marketing observational study to assess the long term safety and effectiveness of HUMIRA(R) (Adalimumab) in children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

Children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Currently Recruiting



 The Cocoon Study

A qualitative and quantitative study investigating pregnant women and their healthcare providers' knowledge and acceptance of the immunisation recommendations prior to, during and after pregnancy.

Pregnant women, midwives, obstetricians and general practitioners.

Currently Recruiting

Pertussis Genotype

A two stage study looking at severity of pertussis disease in children and investigating the infecting strains through genotyping. Also looking at carriage and transmission of pertussis amongst family members.

0 - 12 years

Currently Recruiting

Impact of  Invasive Meningococcal Disease - Audit

Retrospective study to gain a better understanding of the outcomes in survivors of meningococcal disease and the impact it has on the patient, their families and the health care system.

0 – 18 years


Closed Trials






To determine how well the HPV vaccine works in immune suppressed children.

Rheumatology Patients
Males & Females 12–18 YO
Gastroenterology Patients
Males & Females 9-18 YO

Recruitment Closed


A study using ultrasound to assess the appropriate needle angle for intramuscular vaccine administration to ensure muscle penetration in adults, adolescents, children, toddlers and infants.

Males & Females 18-60 YO

Males & Females 12-15 YO

Males & Females 4-11 YO

Recruitment Closed

 RSV Severity

A study to determine the severity of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and risk factors in children less than 2 years of age presenting to hospital.

Less than 2 Years of age

Recruitment Closed

Pertussis Severity

A study to determine the severity of whooping cough infection and risk factors in children admitted to hospital over a 12 month period (May 2009-April 2010)

Children 0-18 Years of age

May 2009 – April 2010

Recruitment Closed

 HPV School Survey

A Survey Study to Identify why Adolescent girls choose not to have the HPV vaccine.

Adolescent Girls eligible to have HPV Vaccine

Recruitment Closed

Data Analysis continued

 Rotavirus Effectiveness

A retrospective study to assess the impact of the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine and causes of gastroenteritis hospitalisations in children less than 5 years of age.


Recruitment Closed

Data Analysis Continued

 NHMRC Swine Flu Community Survey

A survey to examine how the community viewed the management of the 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic. An interview was also conducted on students, parents and teachers in schools that were closed down to limit the spread of infection.

Survey Over 18 YO

Interview Over 12 YO

Recruitment Closed

Data Analysis Continued

Men B Adolescent study (2001)

This is an international study to help develop a potential vaccine against meningococcal B disease. It will also gather information on safety, tolerability and efficacy of the vaccine.

11 – 18 Years old

Recruitment Closed

Long-term Follow-up  commenced.

HibMenC study

This study is looking at combining Hib and MenC at 12mths of age compared to co-administration at 12 months of age.

12mths - 5 Years Old

Recruitment Closed

Long-Term Follow up Commenced.

 PATCH study

The study is investigating the influence of early nutrition on the development of allergy and the occurrence of eczema. High risk babies will be followed until they turn 7 years of ages and have been either breast fed, formula fed or a mixture of both.


Birth – 7 Years Old

Recruitment Closed

Long term follow-up phase about to begin.

 SCIg study

The aim of this study is to assess the safety and tolerability of administering immunoglobulin subcutaneously (under the skin) to patients with Primary Immunodeficiency.

Immunodeficient 3-18 YO

Recruitment Closed

  Staph aureus vaccine

A new potential vaccine is being developed for the prevention of invasive disease caused by Staph aureus.

18 – 24 Year olds

50 – 64 Year olds

Recruitment closed

Novartis Flu

This study is to learn more about the safety and immune response of children to the investigational influenza vaccine by comparing it to other influenza vaccines.  

6 mths - < 6 yo

Recruitment closed

Health Monitor Survey

A telephone survey investigating the community's knowledge and awareness of whooping cough and the adult booster vaccine.

Participants are randomly selected from the Electronic White Pages.

Recruitment Closed

last modified: 24 Mar 2016