04 Nov, 2022
The digital platform Science4Pandemics, in which we are a partner, has launched two new citizen science projects for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17, as well as their parents, to collaborate with the project and provide real data for participatory research on vaccines and clinical trials. Science4Pandemics aims to foster citizen education among the adolescent population and feed real data into collaborative research on pandemics.
Vaccine hesitancy in adolescents
Vaccines are one of the most effective public health tools available and have enabled the development of the world as we know it today. Every year, they prevent 3.5 to 5 million deaths from diseases such as measles, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and diphtheria. Despite this, there is a lot of misinformation around them, especially on social media, which can affect how young people perceive vaccines.
To better understand this issue and to be able to combat it with real data, the citizen science platform Science4Pandemics has launched a questionnaire aimed at children aged 12 – 17, as well as their parents, to find out how young people perceive vaccines.
Digitisation of clinical trials
Clinical trials are a key step in the discovery of new drugs and treatments, and are of great help to advance medicine. They usually involve evaluating new health interventions by assessing their effects on human health outcomes. Both adults and children can participate in clinical trials. However, recruitment and retention of patients, especially children, appears to be one of the main challenges that scientists face.
In order to make the most of clinical trials and help bring forward new and effect health interventions, we have created a questionnaire for adolescents aged 12-17 and their parents. This questionnaire aims to identify preferences for the use of digital technologies in clinical trial participation among young people.
Visit the Science4pandemics website to register and participate!
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