Research Participant Advocacy

The Research Participant Advocacy Program offers consulting expertise on human subjects and regulatory issues, IRB applications, the informed consent process, study feasibility and good clinical practice (GCP).

Our advocates serve as a resource to research teams and research participants by reviewing applications to the Clinical Research Unit to assure high standards for human subjects protections. Contact our team to review consent forms, protocol or data and safety monitoring plans.

Advocates Are Available to Provide

  • Information on how to administer the best consent
  • Help with Good Clinical Practice (GCP’s)
  • Assistance on how to report an unanticipated study event
  • Guidance with assembling a Data Safety Monitoring Plan
  • A resource to volunteers

Study teams may also request an independent witness to the consent process, to serve on the volunteers’ behalf in the case of a misunderstanding between the volunteer and study team, or to provide information about research in general or a specific protocol.

Additional Information

Contact Us

Liz Martinez, RN, BSN, CCRC

Frederick W. Luthardt, DBe, MA