Office of Responsible Research Practices
The Ohio State University

Research Participants

Questions, Concerns, or Suggestions

For questions, concerns, or suggestions about research, a research-related injury, or questions about the rights of research participants, call the Office of Responsible Research Practices at 614-688-8457 or 800-678-6251.  Both phone numbers provide a way for participants to contact someone in the organization other than the researchers.

Resources for Research Participants

This presentation provides a brief overview of human research, including its history, basic definitions, principles of informed consent, and the rights and protections that individuals should think about before choosing to join a research study.

This comic book helps to explain medical research to adolescents.


Links Pertaining to Research Participation

Links to Selected University Sites

Some university sites provide information about studies currently active at Ohio State:

Notice Regarding NIH-Funded Studies

This notice applies to research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on or after December 13, 2016.  Please review your copy of the study consent form to see if the NIH provided funding for the research.

The NIH updated its policy for issuing Certificates of Confidentiality for the research it funds. This certificate protects private information about you (including your data and specimens) from legal proceedings. The information collected during your study cannot be disclosed unless you give your consent or a law requires that we disclose the information. If you were a participant in a study funded by NIH on or after December 13, 2016, contact your research team for more information about these protections for your data and specimens.

Why I Believe in Research by Barbara Beckwith

This digital story is about Barbara Beckwith, a former research participant and member of the Cancer Institutional Review Board. Barbara is a two-time cancer survivor who is passionate about spreading the word on cancer research to the African American and senior citizen communities. Please take a few moments to hear Barbara’s interesting story in her own words.