We refer each study protocol to an Institutional Review Board (IRB) composed of members of the public, including medical professionals, who are independent of the clinic. The IRB evaluates each study protocol to determine if it complies with international regulatory guidelines to ensure volunteer safety and well-being.
The IRB is there to protect your rights, safety and well-being. The board reviews and approves all aspects of each study, including the type and dose of medicine that will be given to you, all the measurements that will be conducted throughout the study and the payment you will receive.
The doses of medicine that volunteers are given are very carefully controlled. Sometimes there might be side effects. All known side effects will be explained to you before you decide whether or not to take part in the study for which you qualify. Most side effects are mild in nature, but the study team, doctor, and informed consent documents will cover everything we know about the specific study and drug you are interested in.
For your own safety, it is essential that you: 1. Always tell us about all prescription and nonprescription medicines and dietary supplements that you are taking, 2. Fully disclose all medical history and answer medical history questions truthfully, and 3. Do not participate in more than one research study at a time.