Vaccine Research & Education Unit

Contact the VREU

200 Hawkins Drive
358 Medical Research Facility
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2600
Phone: (319) 356-4848

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  • Current Studies/Volunteer Opportunities

    Research Study on a Smallpox Vaccine for Adults ages 18 to 40 years

    The University of Iowa Vaccine Research and Education Unit is conducting a study on a smallpox vaccine. You are invited to participate in the study if you are in good health and between the ages of 18 and 40. The study is looking at the safety and effectiveness of a smallpox vaccine. The study lasts approximately 7 months and there are 7 to 9 study visits to the clinic and 1 phone call. Compensation is provided. To learn more, call 319-356-4848 or e-mail

    This research study will compare three different vaccination schedules and will use two different ways of giving the vaccination. One method is an intramuscular vaccination using a needle. This is how many routine vaccinations are given. The other method this study will use is a needle free injection system. With this system, the vaccine is given with a high velocity fluid jet, which penetrates the skin and delivers the vaccine to the body. The research hopes to identify if one vaccination schedule and/or one method of delivery shows a better immune response.

    Research Study on a Pneumococcal Vaccine for Adults ages 55 to 64 Years

    The Vaccine Research and Education Center at the University of Iowa is conducting a clinical trial to study the effectiveness and safety of a pneumococcal vaccine (pneumonia shot) given at different dosages.

    Individuals between the ages of 55 to 64 who are in good health are invited to participate in this study. To be eligible for the study you must have had a pneumonia shot within the last 3 to 7 years ago.

    The study lasts for 6 months and involves 3-4 study visits and 1 phone call.

    Compensation is provided. To learn more, call 319-356-4848 or e-mail