Protection of Volunteers

  • FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and NIH (National Institutes of Health) oversee much of the medical research in the US.
  • Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) oversee the centers where research is conducted. They approve protocols to ensure that the study is ethical and the volunteer's rights are preserved.

What are clinical research studies?

  • A study involving human volunteers to answer specific health questions and find treatment for people.
  • Studies are conducted with a protocol which describes what types of subjects may enter the study, schedules of tests, study drugs, the length of the study and its outcomes.
  • Each person participating in the study must agree to follow the protocol.
  • To learn how to best use the treatment in a different population, such as children, in whom the treatment was not previously tested.

What are some of the possible benefits of my participation?

  • Gain access to potentially new research study medications.
  • Receive study related medical care for the condition being studied.
  • Help others by contributing to medical research and treatment advances for those in the future.

What are some of the possible risks of my participation?

  • There may be side effects from the study medication.
  • The study medication may not be effective.
  • Participation takes time.

Does it cost anything to participate?

There is no cost to patients that take part in our research studies.

You will be provided with:

  • Study related physical exams
  • Study related medication
  • Laboratory test or other diagnostic testing as indicated
  • Patient education on your condition that is being studied

Financial compensation may be provided for your time and travel expenses.

How do I participate in a study?

If you are interested in learning more about our studies: