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Atlantia recruiting for new trial

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:30pm

More than 600 of Cork’s active senior community are needed to take part in a new food trial with Blackpool-based Atlantia. The company, a global leader in commercial clinical food trials, has just announced its plans to run a food trial over the winter period to test a vegetable extracts impact on reducing cold and flu like symptoms.

This study will be focused on immune and inflammatory and nutritional health areas as well as healthy aging. The rationale for the commercial research can be explained by a looking at Ireland as an example of a global trend where according to Health In Ireland Key Trends 2017, the numbers of people over the age of 65 years is projected to almost double to around 1.1 million by 2037.

Kelly Seamans PhD, Science Officer with Atlantia Food Clinical Trials has worked on the study design and said that along with the very positive insights that we are living longer lives, we must also plan on taking the best steps towards being as healthy as we can for as long as we can. If this study were to conclude that this extract is successful, it could be a significant step leading towards potentially wide-ranging implications.

Atlantia is inviting anyone aged from the age of 65 and over to register their details. As standard with all trials, each volunteer is offered a free medical as part of the screening process, and even if they don’t meet the criteria for this trial, there are always plenty of future opportunities that might be the perfect fit.

Successful applicants in this case, will take part in the study over a six month period, taking the vegetable extract daily, completing simple questionnaires as they go along and attending for four visits to the Atlantia Clinical team at headquarters in Heron House Offices, Blackpool Retail Park across that period.

All participants work with Atlantia’s expert team of world-class clinicians, scientists, research nurses, dieticians, nutritionists and operations personnel and all studies are conducted to ICH GCP (International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use Good Clinical Practice) standards.

“Quite simply, we would not be able to do our work without their support and engagement. All successful participants are reimbursed for their time but there is also a tremendously positive attitude and a well-deserved sense of satisfaction that what they are doing could make a difference on a global scale,” concluded Dr Seamans.

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