Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. The following information may help you make the decision that is right for you.
What is research?
Why is research important?
Research has led to important discoveries that make our lives better. Some examples are:
Points to consider:
Before you decide to become a research volunteer, get the facts:
Questions to Ask:
Before you agree to participate in a research study, ask the study coordinator or principal investigator these questions.
What is the Institutional Review Board and why is it important?
The IRB is a committee of physicians, statisticians, researchers, community advocates, and others that ensures that a clinical trial is ethical and that the rights of study participants are protected. All clinical trials in the United States must be approved by an IRB before they begin.
Every institution that conducts or support biomedical or behavioral research involving humans must, by federal regulation, rely upon a federally-approved IRB that initially approves and periodically reviews the research to protect the rights of people.If you have any questions about IRB approvals for research conducted or supported by BSLMC, please contact the BSLMC Research Office (BSLMC_Research@bcm.edu;713.798.6024)
Office for Human Research Protections
Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation
National Institutes of Health
National Cancer Institute
Food and Drug Administration