Would you like to take part in a research study at IU?
Research is an important way for scientists to learn about and test new theories, equipment, procedures, and medical therapies. Many research projects require the help of volunteers who agree to offer their time and personal information to scientists. Research studies that involve human volunteers are conducted in many different disciplines and focus on human behavior, educational mechanisms, social issues, and diagnosis and treatment of disease, among other things.
A committee of individuals called an Institutional Review Board (IRB) must review all research that plans to involve human participants. The IRB ensures the safety of participants and ethical study design. IU has multiple IRBs that provide this review for all research conducted at IU and our affiliates.
The Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP), a federal office which works to protect the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of volunteers who participate in research, provides a series of short informational videos to help potential participants understand how research works, what questions they should consider asking, and things to think about when deciding whether to participate in a study.