Healthy Male and Female Volunteers
About This clinical research study
Are you male or female of non-childbearing potential?
Aged 18 – 55 and in good health?
If so, you could be eligible to take part in this healthy volunteer clinical trial.
The purpose of this trial is to assess a potential new treatment for pain.
Pain can have many effects on people’s activities of daily living and quality of life. It is one of the most common symptoms for which people seek medical attention. Current treatment options for pain are limited by poor effectiveness and high rates of side effects, leaving many without adequate pain management. Therefore, there is a need to develop new treatments to help relieve pain. The hope is that the study medication may provide a much-needed alternative treatment option for people suffering from pain.
To be eligible for this study you should not be suffering from pain or any other chronic medical condition.
Reimbursement: £5360 plus reasonable travel expenses
A full description of the study will be given before you decide to take part, both over the phone and during an appointment at a MAC clinic. This will include you receiving the full Patient Information Sheet (PIS) and an opportunity to ask the study doctor any questions. Your GP will also be notified of your participation.
If you contact us, it does not mean you have to decide at that point whether to participate.
If you do decide to participate you are free to withdraw at any time.
Eligible participants will be required to complete:
1 x Screening
1 x 15-night stay
1 x Follow Up
During the study you will undergo cold pressor tests.
Cold Pressor Tests
The Cold Pressor Test is commonly known as the Cold Pain Test. Volunteers will place their non-dominant hand into a cold-water bath and tell the test administrator when it becomes painful, and then when it’s no longer tolerable.
Reimbursement: £5360 plus reasonable travel expenses
Key Inclusion Criteria
Key Exclusion Criteria
Other eligibility criteria will apply. Please contact MAC for more information.
If you are eligible you will receive a comprehensive health screen. Your GP will be fully informed of your participation and provided with any information relevant to your healthcare.
ABOUT CLINICAL RESEARCH STUDIES
Clinical research studies are performed as a way of bringing about progress in medicine and research. Clinical research studies make it possible to scientifically assess the properties of a drug, to demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of a treatment or a medical device, or to learn more about a disease and methods to diagnose and monitor it.
If the study is successful, it may be an important step towards developing a promising new treatment.
MAC Clinical Research is currently conducting a new clinical research study for Male and Female Healthy Volunteers.
If you would like more information, please fill in the form below and we will be in touch…
Alternatively, please call our recruitment team on freephone 0800 633 5507.
Data Privacy Statement
The collection and analysis of the most confidential information about people is of fundamental importance for conducting medical research. MAC Research understands that in order for individuals to share their most sensitive information with us, we must have a culture of trust and that we will store data following safe data management practices.
MAC Research Limited (together with its affiliates and subsidiary companies “MAC,” “we,” “us,” and “our”) is committed to ensuring that we handle all individual information in a responsible and careful manner and in accordance with data privacy and confidentiality laws.
Who Are We?
MAC is a leading European clinical research organisation with a network of clinical research centres. MAC provides patient engagement and recruitment services and conducts full scope ethically approved clinical research and medical trials for pharmaceutical companies (“Sponsor”), medical device companies and clinical research organisations. MAC also provides healthcare and consultancy services.
As an employer and clinical research organisation we act as Data Controller over individual personal data and healthcare information. When conducting clinical trials MAC will be regarded as the Data Controller and the Sponsor will be regarded as a Data Processor and participants should consider our respective roles in processing the personal data. For example, with regard to coded clinical trial data provided to Sponsor, MAC is the Data Controller and the Sponsor is a Data Processor of the personal data. Importantly, both act in accordance with the applicable data protection law. Under some particular circumstances, where MAC is involved jointly in determining purpose and/or means of processing data, MAC may be regarded as Joint Controller of Clinical Trials Data.
MAC has internal policies, procedures and training programs designed to support compliance with the above laws and this Policy. All our policies, procedures and training programs are reviewed on a regular basis and overseen by our legal team and senior executives.
Types of Personal Information Managed by MAC Research
Clinical and Medical Information
In our capacity as a clinical research organisation providing services for Sponsors, our clinical research sites collect, host and analyse significant quantities of health data and bio-medical samples relating to clinical trial participants. This is because it is necessary to establish the identity of participants accurately and to ensure they are participating in clinical trials that are appropriate for them. MAC is regarded as the Data Controller and the clinical trial Sponsors are considered to be a Data Processor in the terms established by Regulation. However, under some particular circumstances, where MAC is involved jointly in determining purpose and/or means of processing data, MAC may be regarded as Joint Controller of Clinical Trials Data. To adhere to good clinical practice and to ensure the privacy of clinical trial participants is maintained, identification numbers (i.e. not names) are applied to specific clinical trial documentation and any samples taken during the course of clinical trials.
Clinical Trial Participant Engagement and Recruitment Information
MAC gathers and manages personal and demographic contact details, date of birth, supporting personal information and data relating to health, medical indications and relevant areas of research from individuals who have expressed their interest in clinical trial participation. We also gain appropriate consents from participants to retain information and access medical records. MAC uses this information to correctly identify participants and access medical health records via a participant’s doctor or NHS Digital. MAC considers all of this information to match prospective participants against relevant future clinical trials and to conduct study recruitment analyses. We do not use automated individual decision-making when processing medical records but do use search tools when matching participants for studies. MAC does this because participant safety is of paramount importance when conducting clinical trials. Therefore, matching participants accurately against the participation eligibility criteria of a clinical trial protocol, forms a vital part of the clinical research process. This is important because the objective of all clinical trials is to determine the safety and efficacy of the new medication or device under investigation. The integrity of a clinical trial relies on the accurate delivery of the clinical trial protocol and these stringent measures ensure that new medications once approved by regulatory authorities for use by humans, can ultimately be used to benefit health and social care.
Industry Professional Information
MAC will liaise with employees, consultants, contractors and other third parties employed or engaged by our clients, when conducting our clinical trials and research activities. MAC will record and use the names, contact details and other professional information on these individuals for legitimate business-related purposes, including project and financial administration. This information may be used (including email addresses), to provide background on MAC’s services for our clients.
Employee and Human Resource Data
We collect personal information from applicants pursuing employment with MAC, including private contact details, professional qualifications and previous employment history to assist with the personnel recruitment process. MAC carries out a range of background inspections on applicants, including DBS and professional disbarment checks. Consistent with the operation of a business, MAC systems collect information on employed staff for human resource, performance, payroll and tax purposes. MAC processes similar information relating to consultants, contractors and other third parties that we engage to deliver products or services.
MAC collects named information about visitors to our company websites when there is a request volunteered from an individual. This includes requests, for example by clients regarding information about company services, or when medical professionals are interested in contributing to a clinical trial or where job applicants are applying for a vacancy. MAC may collect various data via cookie-based technologies, linked to virtual identities allocated to visitors when they access our websites. This information is used for website analytics and for first party marketing. These virtual identities are sometimes connected with real world identities of visitors when they submit named details. This enables MAC to personalise marketing messages to make them relevant to those visitors.
Internal and External Disclosures of Personal Information
Personal information is only shared on a “need to know” basis within MAC and its affiliates and with relevant third parties to deliver stated legitimate business purposes. Any access to personal information contained within databases and binders is carefully restricted and only viewable by appropriate staff for legitimate purposes. MAC does not trade or sell personal information.
Under some circumstances, MAC may be required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to disclose certain personal information as part of investigations or for litigation purposes. MAC may disclose personal information to a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganisation, dissolution or other sale or transfer of MAC or cases or all of its assets.
Any companies who work as vendors for MAC are required to sign “processor” and/or confidentiality agreements whereby they commit to only process personal information consistent with contracted purposes and take organisational and technical security safeguards for the data.
Notice of Data Use and Consent
MAC will provide notice to individuals using clear and conspicuous language at the point of data collection, about how their information will be used and disclosed. We will make clear what choices are available in relation to how individual data is managed and what rights there are under data privacy law or under this Policy and who to contact with any questions or complaints. MAC’s privacy notices are tailored according to specific data collection circumstances. In providing such notice, MAC meets its obligations to be transparent and fair with individuals as is required by General Data Protection Regulation. Dependent on the medium, notice may be given in person, by email, post, telephone, or by posting on our website.
In accordance with data privacy law and good practice, MAC will seek consent of individuals to collect, use and disclose their data consistent with the relevant privacy notice. In certain cases where law allows, particularly where gaining consent will involve a disproportionate effort, where intended processing of the data is in MAC’s or our clients’ legitimate interests and the privacy risks are low, MAC will proceed to process personal information absent of consent. MAC will also use and disclose personal information without consent where required by law and judicial order. MAC will collect all necessary informed consents of clinical trial participant on behalf of clients, according to good clinical practice, laws on confidentiality and data privacy regulations. MAC’s interests are in conducting ethically approved clinical trials and following good clinical practice to the highest medical and scientific standards. In order to facilitate the safe delivery of clinical trials and to enable the development of new medications for health and social care, it is of vital importance that MAC has personal and demographic information that will enable participants to be correctly identified. Furthermore, is also critical that additional personal information including medical history, medical conditions and medications are recorded to ensure that participants meet the medical criteria to deliver the clinical trial objectives and most importantly in consideration of participant safety.
Data Quality, Integrity and Retention of Records
Data quality and accuracy is essential in clinical trials and MAC understands the vital importance of this. The accuracy of data relating to clinical trial participants is critical for the integrity clinical research, particularly where bio-medical samples are concerned. MAC employs an in-house quality assurance department to ensure that standards are commensurate with all legal requirements. Our privacy notices provide individuals with a straight-forward way of updating and validating information and enabling error corrections. MAC retains personal information for up to 15 years, in accordance with contractual, legal and regulatory requirements. We will retain your information for as long as necessary for the uses set out in this Policy or while there is a legitimate business reason for doing so. If you ask us to delete your information before this time, we may not be able to do so for technical, legal, regulatory or contractual constraints.
In accordance with data privacy laws and contractual commitments, MAC ensures that individuals can exercise all relevant informational rights with respect to their personal information processed by the organisation, including but not limited to the right of access and correction, to withdraw consent at any time, object to data processing, request data deletion, restrict aspects of data processing, prevent direct marketing and request transmission of personal data in a common digital format (e.g. pdf) to the themselves or another organisation.
In all other respects, where no overriding interest prevails, MAC will endeavour to allow the following informational rights under this Policy as a matter of good practice:
- to allow access to copies of personal information within a reasonable timeframe;
- to correct personal information where inaccurate; and
- to withdraw a previously provided consent to processing of personal information.
Participants enrolled in clinical trials run by MAC’s clients must contact the principal investigator at their MAC research centre, who will be able to identify the participant and progress their request accordingly. The contact details for MAC research centres are available at the following web address: https://researchforyou.co.uk/clinical-trial-centre-locations/
Considerations When Online
Children’s Online Privacy Protection
MAC does not collect information through our websites from individuals who are known to be under the age of 13, and no part of our online presence is directed to anyone less than 13 years.
Inquiries, Complaints and Requests to Exercise Rights
Communications, queries, requests to exercise informational rights (e.g., access to data) or complaints can be addressed for the attention of the Data Protection Officer, MAC Research, Kaman Court, 1 Faraday Way, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY2 0JH, United Kingdom.
Within UK individuals have the right in law to complain about how their information is managed to a supervisory authority that is responsible for regulating compliance with the Regulation. The following URL links to the relevant authority https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/your-personal-information-concerns/
Legal Status of Policy and Policy Changes
This Policy is not a contract, and it does not create any legal rights or obligations. MAC reserves the right to modify or amend this Policy and may do so according to new or amended legislation. The updated Policy will be posted on https://www.macplc.com/mac-privacy-policy and https://researchforyou.co.uk/privacy-policy/ (Last Updated: 7 October, 2020).
Frequently Asked Questions
Clinical trials are an essential part of medical research. They are performed as a way of bringing about progress in medicine. Clinical trials make it possible to scientifically assess the properties of a medicine, to demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of a treatment or a medical device, or to learn more about a disease and methods to diagnose and monitor it. The results of a clinical trial may help provide treatment options for people diagnosed with medical conditions.
It depends on the trial. Some trials require only people with certain diseases or conditions, or whose family members have certain diseases or conditions. Other trials can use people who are healthy. The National Institute for Health Research reported that 1.3 million people took part in clinical trials across England in 2021.
The first phase of a clinical trial (Phase I) requires healthy volunteers to test safety and tolerability aspect of an investigative medicine, rather than its efficacy in treating a disease. Phase I trials typically involve 10 – 200 participants.
If you are at least 18 years of age and in good health (determined by medical and psychiatric history, medical examination, ECG and blood tests), you may be eligible to take part.
There is no obligation to take part in a healthy volunteer trial and if you decide to, you are free to withdraw at any time. Healthy volunteers are needed so that new treatments can be researched in the hope they provide a better quality of life for people living with medical conditions. You may be able to make a difference to a medical condition that has personal meaning to you and there could be opportunities for you to work from the clinic and meet like-minded people during your visits.
Yes. Before a clinical trial commences, we must seek approval from an independent Ethics Committee that protects the rights, safety, and well-being of all clinical trial participants. The committee is made up of medical health professionals and members of the public. All MAC clinical trials meet the international standards of good practice set in place by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), a government body which monitors clinical trials in the UK.
You will not receive medical benefit whilst taking part in a healthy volunteer clinical trial. You will, however, be able to keep up to date on your health; MAC will provide a free, comprehensive medical screening.
All medications, even those as common as paracetamol and aspirin have possible side effects and have all gone through the clinical trial process. Only once a potential new medication has been through many years of stringent testing and ethical review will it be approved for study at a MAC clinic. Before you join a trial, our doctors will provide you with details of previously reported side effects. Full details will also be clearly explained in the participant information sheet. Typically, reported side effects are mild and affect only a small percentage of people. If you participate, you will be closely monitored by our experienced medical team and you will have regular check-ups to ensure your wellbeing. Your participation will be in collaboration with your GP, your medical records and medical history will be taken, and you will need to pass a medical screening before you can enrol. Your health is paramount and only if it is deemed safe for you to participate will you be offered the opportunity to.
You will be required to attend a MAC clinic for a set number of visits. Throughout the trial you will be well looked after by our medical professionals including doctors and nurses.
No. If you are accepted onto the clinical trial, we will cover the cost of reasonable travel expenses you may incur for clinic visits, or we will organise transportation for you if this is required. Meals will be provided on some day visits and all overnight stays.
Early phase clinical trials test the safety and tolerability of a treatment and require healthy volunteers attend day visits and sometimes overnight stays. These trials pay participants for their time and commitment. Please check the Current Trials page of our website.
Each clinical trial is different. The frequency and duration of the visits will vary, and our telephone agents will advise you of day visits or overnight stays and the length of trial before you decide whether you would like to take part.
We will do our best to work clinic visits around your availability however clinical trials have procedures that must be conducted on specific days of the trial.
Yes. We will request your medical records from your GP, with your consent to check your eligibility to participate. If you pass your medical screening and decide to join the study, we will contact your GP to tell them that you are taking part. During the course of the study, we will keep your GP informed of any significant findings.
Yes. Participation in our clinical trials is voluntary. If you change your mind and no longer wish to take part, you are welcome to withdraw at any stage without giving a reason. If you do consider withdrawing from a trial, the decision you make will be respected.
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