Patients and Research Subjects

Research subjects are an integral piece of all successful human subjects research and the Medical College of Wisconsin recognizes the importance of your decision whether or not to participate in a research study. Your participation is voluntary and you may choose not to participate or to discontinue participation at any time. Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your current or future relations with the Medical College of Wisconsin. We hope this website will answer any questions you may have. Thank you for your interest in our research.

Our Participants

Generally, students, staff and faculty across campus, and members of the surrounding Milwaukee County and greater southeastern Wisconsin community may have an opportunity at one time or another to participate in research currently taking place at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition, our research includes both national and international participants. Frequently, participation requires filling out a survey, responding to service or opinion questionnaires, being interviewed or may be a component in the treatment plan for your disease. Typically, participants respond in person, by phone, email, regular mail or may be a part of the clinic visits you have with your physicians. Some of the research involves kinesthetic, physiological, or psychological experiments. The level of risk involved in a study depends upon its design, methodology, subject matter, and intervention or interaction with human subjects. It is important to consider the level of risk and compare it to any benefits when deciding whether or not to participate in human subjects research.

The Investigator conducting the study should provide you with answers to specific questions about the study. You may contact the Investigator or their research team with questions at any time before, during or after the study. If you would like to obtain information about a research study, or if you have questions, concerns, complaints or wish to discuss problems or your rights as a research subject with someone unaffiliated with the study, please contact the IRB Office at (414) 955-8844. Anonymity, if desired, will be protected to the extent possible. As an alternative method of contact, an email may be sent to or a letter sent to Director- Human Research Protections Program, attn: Rsch Subject Advocate Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, PO Box 26509, Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509

Informed Consent Process

Informed Consent is a process of collaborative education and decision making that a prospective research participant must go through before freely volunteering to participate in a research study. The Principal Investigator, his/her research staff and the participant need to clearly understand the informed consent process. The Medical College of Wisconsin, with support by the National Institutes of Health, presents interactive websites on the Informed Consent Process.

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  Resources when Participating in a Clinical Trial

Participants who wish to know more about human subject research or clinical trials should review these identified resources and webpages.

Rights and Responsibilities of participants (PDF)

Brochure describing the rights and responsibilities of a research study participant

National Institutes of Health & Clinical Research

NIH Website with frequently asked questions on clinical trials

Clinical Trial Basics for Research Participants

Froedtert Hospital website for individuals seeking basic information on clinical trials including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Becoming a Research Volunteer 
English (PDF) Spanish (PDF)

Brochure from the Office for Human Research protections (OHRP) with information on how to make the decision to be a research volunteer

NIH SeniorHealth

National Institutes of Health (NIH) site featuring health and wellness information for older adults

  MCW/FH Local Clinical Trials

For Participants/Subjects interested in becoming involved or participating in on-going MCW/FH clinical trials or CHW trials, please review the resources and pages below.

Clinical Trials on the MCW/Froedtert Campus

Froedtert Hospital website for individuals looking for active clinical research studies at MCW/Froedtert


Website about federally and privately supported clinical research trials, who may participate, locations and phone numbers

HRPP Contact Information

(414) 955-8422
(414) 955-6575 (fax) (for general IRB questions) (questions about reliance agreements/deferral requests)

Location:  MFRC 3040
MACC Fund Research Center

Office of Research
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509

HRPP Staff Contact Info

HRPP Organizational Chart

Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP)