Don't know much about research but want to get involved? You've come to the right place.
There are many types of research, from everyday research to rigorous studies trying to find new ways to cure diseases and improve human health.
Clinical research is conducted by highly trained researchers who study for many years to learn about things like the body and technology. Researchers work at a university, a medical company or government agency.
The research team will give you the information you need to make a decision about participating, including where you will need to come for study activities, what types of activities you will be doing, and how long the study will last. It is up to you to decide if you would like to participate in a research study, and you can say no if you don’t feel you’d be a good fit.
Most of the study listings you will see on Research for Me will be looking for volunteers for a single study. Researchers may be looking for volunteers of certain ages, genders, or with existing medical conditions, among other criteria. Sometimes you might not fit the description, but that’s okay! There are new studies posted daily.
If you find an interesting study and you think you meet the listed qualifications, contact the researcher using the information in the listing, or click the “I’m interested” button. The researcher may ask you additional questions to determine if you’d be a good fit, or they may ask you to come to the clinic. The research team will be able to answer your questions and give you more details about their process.
If you qualify for participation, the research team will give you all the information you need, including a schedule of appointments for study activities, the type of activities you will be doing, and how long the study will last. Remember, you can stop participating in a study at any time!
Choosing to volunteer for a research study is an important decision. It's not the same as receiving care from your regular doctor or nurse. Your decision to participate will not affect your right to your usual medical care. Participation in research is completely voluntary and you can change your mind at any time. Ask the study team to explain anything you do not understand, and take time to talk about the study with those you trust. You should feel comfortable about your decision. Be informed before you decide.