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Don't know much about research but want to get involved? You've come to the right place. 

  • The Research Process

    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.

  • What to Expect

    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!

  • Safety and Protection

    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.

    As a research volunteer, you have the following rights:

    1. To be told the purpose of the study.
    2. To be told what will happen to you if you take part in the study and whether any procedures, drugs, or devices are different than those that are used in standard medical treatment.
    3. To be told about all the risks, side effects, or discomforts of the things that will happen to you for research purposes.
    4. To be told if you can expect any benefit from participating, and if so, what the benefit might be.
    5. To be told about all options available to you and how they are better or worse than being in a research study.
    6. To be allowed to ask any questions about the study before signing the consent and/or at any time during the course of the study.
    7. To be allowed ample time, without pressure, to decide whether or not to consent to participate.
    8. To be assured that study records will remain confidential to the extent allowed by law.
    9. To be told what compensation you will receive and what charges you will pay.
    10. To be told what sort of medical treatment is available if any complications arise.
    11. To be told about any new findings that may affect your willingness to continue participating in the study.
    12. To refuse to participate or to change your mind about participating at any time during the study, even after the study has started, without penalty.
    13. To receive a signed and dated copy of the Informed Consent Form.
    14. Studies have a set expiration date. No research can be conducted after this date without further review and approval by the IRB.

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