Research Subjects and Participants
Participants are an integral piece of all successful human subjects research!
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.
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:
MCW HRPP Director
attn: Research Subject Advocate
Office of Research
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
PO Box 26509
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Anonymity, if desired, will be protected to the extent possible.
Resources for Research Subjects and Participants
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
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Trials
Froedtert Hospital website for individuals looking for Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin active clinical research studies.
Website about federally and privately supported clinical research trials, who may participate, locations and phone numbers