Participants

For information on becoming a research participant or if you questions about a research study that you are currently in at Washington University contact our main office.

Participant or research participant is the term used to describe an individual who has agreed to be a part of a human subjects research study.¬† Participation can entail use of an individuals’ private identifiable information or methods could include physical contact, verbal communication or manipulation of the environment.

Private information includes information about behavior that occurs in a context in which an individual can reasonably expect that no observation or recording is taking place, and information which has been provided for specific purposes by an individual and which the individual can reasonably expect will not be made public (for example, a medical record). (45 CFR 46.102 (f))

Research participants come from all walks of life. Each individual who volunteers has their reason for doing so. Reasons include helping others, wanting to learn more about their condition, obtaining investigational treatments, or just wanting to help advance science. Washington University is grateful to the many individuals who have agreed to participate in its studies.