Risks are involved in clinical research, as in routine medical care and activities of daily living. In thinking about the risks of research, it is helpful to focus on two things: the degree of harm that could result from taking part in the study, and the chance of any harm occurring.
Your participation in any research study is voluntary. For every study in which you intend to participate, you will receive a document called "Informed Consent" that explains the study in straightforward language.
IRB stands for Institutional Review Board, which is an independent committee outside of the Schroeder Institute that reviews, approves, and monitors research studies prior to the start of the study. The IRB monitors the conduct of the research study throughout the entire study to ensure that the