Updated on March 25, 2020
It’s hard to escape news about COVID-19. And with good reason. As an organization on the front line of finding vaccines for diseases such as Coronavirus, our number one priority is the health and safety of our staff, our clinical trial participants, and the broader community.
We have answered some of the most frequently asked questions below. If you have any other questions, please get in touch with us at 651-641-2900.
Is there any impact from Coronavirus (COVID-19) on clinical trials at Prism (A Nucleus Network Company)?
Prism is committed to continuing the vital work undertaken by our clinical trials. While Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rates in Minnesota remain low, the safety and quality of our trials and facilities is our number one priority. We have introduced strict measures to ensure the safety of all clinical trial participants, visitors and staff, and the quality of our trials.
In addition to the standard infection control practiced in its three clinics, Prism has implemented increased risk associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19). These include:
These measures go above and beyond recommended clinical practices and provide a gold standard in infection control. We will continue to update and refine its approach to Coronavirus (COVID-19) as more information about the virus continues to be learned.
Can I still participate in a Prism clinical trial?
Yes. We are still recruiting for clinical trials however have implemented an age restriction on participants of 18-59 years (inclusive) to protect older members of our community. We are also only accepting volunteers from the local Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
The risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) remains low in Minneapolis, however, to protect the safety of our participants, staff and trial facilities, we have introduced some additional screening measures.
It is important that you self-isolate if you have knowingly contracted Coronavirus (COVID-19).
You must answer truthfully when providing information via our online, print and phone channels.
Phone screening: Participants will be questioned over the phone to determine if they have traveled overseas within the last 14 days. If participants have:
Medical screening (in clinic): The above questions will again be asked when the participant presents for their screening visit and the participant will also have their temperature taken and be requested to wash their hands with hand sanitizer upon presentation. However, we ask that if participants do have any cold or flu-like symptoms, they inform the clinic and not attend their medical screening. We will advise the most appropriate action.
Outpatient visits (in clinic): Active trial participants attending the site for an inpatient or outpatient visit will be required to undergo the same process as described above. It is important for participant safety that all outpatient visits are attended as scheduled during the trial process. However, we ask that if participants do have any cold or flu-like symptoms, they inform the clinic and not attend their medical screening. We will advise the most appropriate action.
Are clinical trials included under the ‘essential travel’ classification?
Yes. Clinical trials play an imperative, and essential, role in advancing medicines (including vaccines) for the entire community and therefore meet the essential travel requirements.
Have social distancing measures been implemented at Prism?
Yes. Prism is strictly adhering to social distancing measures, meeting the new 6 ft per person requirements. To ensure we meet, and surpass, this distance we have implemented an ‘every second bed’ policy to decrease participants in our sites by half.
What if I feel unwell after being admitted for a confinement period for a clinical trial?
Trial participants who begin to experience side effects, changes in their health or have concerns should always speak with the clinical staff/study doctor as soon as possible. In relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19), any fever, cough or other flu-like symptoms noted should immediately be brought to the attention of clinical staff. We will need to medically assess participants and, if necessary, relocate to a different area for further treatment whilst it is established what the cause is.
Can I still have visitors during my stay at the facility?
Visitors are usually permitted during long-stay trial admissions. However, to reduce the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission we will be restricting visitor access at our facilities until further notice. We apologize for this inconvenience and understand the stress this may cause in some cases. We will work with trial participants to find alternative ways to remain in contact with family and friends.
With your help, we can make a difference in the containment of COVID-19 as together we work on developing the medicines of tomorrow.
Registration form here.
Get started on the volunteer process by registering your basic information with our database. This information is provided to help us determine your eligibility for current and future studies.
If you have registered with Prism in the past, please call Dayna 651-724-5047 to update your profile or learn about available studies.
Find the registration form here.
Unfortunately at this time, Prism can not allow volunteers who live over 200 miles away to participate in research studies. If you live out of state or over 200 miles away please call Geoff at 651-641-2911 with questions.
We will not share or sell this info with any third party.
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BMI stands for "Body Mass Index," and it's a calculation determined by your height and weight. There is almost always a BMI range in Prism's studies.
Why does the BMI range exist? To provide an expected norm within which the population of participants will fall.
Why is there a BMI limit? A participant with a higher BMI may require a greater dose of the study drug and therefore may metabolize the drug differently than a person with a lower BMI.
Why does the BMI range change from study to study? The range is determined by the study sponsor. The range is based on the type of study, the procedures being done, and the study drug.
Determine your BMI here
Prism is excited to announce we have started PRISM TEXT! This texting feature will be a convenient way for the Recruitment Department to TEXT you about upcoming studies.
You will be receiving text message from us if you are qualified for a study.
You are considered OPT-IN unless you tell us to remove you (OPT OUT).
The texting system is through our secure online database and will not compromise your phone number.
Please let us know if you have any questions!
Prism has a variety of upcoming studies to participate in:
To be put on the call list and receive more information, when available, please contact Dayna at email@example.com or Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Prism Research has upcoming studies for individuals diagnosed with liver impairment. These studies will help determine how an investigational drug is broken down and removed from the body in volunteers with various degrees of liver impairment when compared to volunteers with normal liver function.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with liver impairment and are interested in being considered for these studies, please contact Dayna at 651-724-5047 or register with our database and we will call you. Financial compensation for study participation ranges from $400-$3500.
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Prism Research has upcoming studies for individuals diagnosed with kidney impairment. These studies will help determine how an investigational drug is broken down and removed from the body in volunteers with various degrees of kidney impairment when compared to volunteers with normal kidney function.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with kidney impairment and are interested in being considered for these studies, please contact Lindsay at 651-368-3360 or register with our database and we will call you. Financial compensation for study participation ranges from $400-$3500.
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Where hope, science & understanding meet.
From the aspirin on the shelves of your local drugstore, to the insulin prescribed by a doctor, to the pacemaker keeping someone’s heart on track – all have been subject to clinical trials, and integral part of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process.
A critical step in an important process
Drugs and medical devices undergo years of laboratory testing before they reach the clinical trial phase. Researchers must acquire approval from the FDA for approval to continue research and testing in humans. Clinical trials are essential to measure the efficacy and safety of drugs before they are available for widespread use.
Changing lives, every day.
The impact of clinical trials are seen in our everyday lives, in the confidence with which we can take over-the-counter drugs – or in the life-saving benefits of a breakthrough medication for a victim of Leukemia.
Public Health and Safety
Prior to the development of the FDA’s rigorous and highly regulated method, consumers had to rely upon the anecdotal observation of physicians or spurious claims of pharmacists. In 1906, in order to protect public health and safety, the fledgling FDA passed the first regulatory drug act – the Pure Food and Drug Act.
In 1938, the enactment of the U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act subjected new drugs to pre-market safety evaluation for the first time, thus enabling FDA regulators to review both pre-clinical and clinical test results, giving them the authority to block the marketing of a new drug formally or delay it by requiring additional data.
Alongside the evolving standards of drug regulations, closer regulation of the clinical trial process. The resulting process today is designed to protect the safety of study participants, promote the development of lifesaving drugs, and keep public health and safety at the center of medical advancement. In the century since the first drug act, the research and medical community in cooperation with the FDA, have developed the foremost institutional authority for conducting and evaluating controlled clinical drug trials.
Doing the right thing
Know that you’ve done your part to help make important medications available to those who need them. If you have a friend or family member who relies on a medication to treat a chronic disease or illness, they have benefited from the work of a clinical trial, and a volunteer like you who gave their time and effort to aid in the approval process.
Fair compensation for your time
You’ll be compensated based on the time you spend as a study participant.
Medical exam & monitoring
As a study participant, you’ll likely receive a full medical examination and testing for a variety of conditions. In some cases volunteers might have access to treatments or medicines before they are available to the general population.
Prism Clinical Research provides, FDA approved, investigational pharmaceutical and medical device testing services on behalf of drug and device manufacturers, academic and private physicians as well as other researchers across Minnesota.
At Prism, we are committed to the advancement of medical knowledge and the health of our community. We have been conducting Phase I clinical trials since 2005, helping many important drugs reach FDA approval. Prism is a locally owned and operated, independent facility in the heart of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.
Whether you are here because you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, or you’re searching for a trusted partner to conduct a study on your behalf, our hope is that you find the information you need and the confidence to take the next step.
With your help, we can make a difference.
Learn what Prism Volunteers are saying:
"I am VERY pleased with Prism Research. I enjoy the studies and the staff is always friendly and they all make you feel as comfortable as possible. The study compensation program is very good as well! Thank you."
“Awesome as always! The staff is great and they are very professional.”
“Really a great experience!”
“Staff was courteous and well informed of the nature of the study and all of the requirements that went with it.”
“Overall my experiences at Prism have been very positive and directly linked to the Staff - their demeanor, humor and professional approach.”