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Learn About Research

Johns Hopkins is committed to informing and engaging our community in the research process. We value your interest in learning more about research and how it is conducted.

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Learn About Research

The short videos below, courtesy of the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), provide basic information about human research, including clinical trials, medical research, and other kinds of research.

Clinical Research Basics

What is Medical Research?
Deciding to Participate in Clinical Trials
Questions to Ask Before Volunteering in Clinical Trials
Explaining Randomization in Clinical Trials

How is Medical Research Different from Medical Care?

Voices of Participants 

Listen to Nancy Recount Her Daughter’s Participation in Research
Listen to Abhinav and Sharat Discuss Their Experience Participating in a Clinical Trial
Listen to Jeri share her insight on participating in a clinical study

Protecting Human Research Volunteers

Guiding Principles of Institutional Review Boards (IRB)

How IRBs Protect Human Research Participants
Informed Consent for Research: What to Expect
Research with Children: What Parents Need to Know

Protecting Your Privacy in Human Research

Other Types of Human Research 

Research with Medical Records and Samples from Medical Care
Participating in Social and Behavioral Health Research