Institutional Review Board

Participant Outreach

It is our goal to protect the rights, welfare and safety of research subjects who participate in research. We are a University of Missouri committee that oversees the research activities that subjects participate in. Researchers are required to follow the rules of our committee in order to conduct research with humans.

Making the Decision to Participate in Research

You have the right to know about the research that you are being asked to participate in.

It is required that you are given the necessary information about a research study to make a decision whether you want to participate. The process of giving you the information is called the informed consent process. This information will be explained to you by the researcher and will be included in an informed consent document so that you will be able to read over the information and consider whether it's a research study that is right for you.

You should not sign the consent document until you are comfortable that all your questions have been answered. You will be given a copy of the consent document so that you can refer to the information and contact the researcher if you have any additional questions throughout the study.

Participating in research is your choice. Even after you consent to participate in a study, you can withdraw your participation at any time and leave the study.

Office for Human Research Protections/U.S. Department Health & Human Services - Resources

Click here to view resources to learn more about participating in research and making informed decisions:

These are some questions that you should ask before you agree to participate in a research study:

  • Why is the research being done?
  • What will be done to me as part of the research?
  • How will I benefit from the research?
  • Could the research hurt me?
  • What will the researcher do with my information?
  • Will the research cost me anything?
  • Who pays if I'm unexpectedly injured in the study?
  • How long will the study last?
  • What happens if I decide to leave the study early?
  • Who should I call if I have a question about the research?


Human Research Volunteer Informational Videos

Watch “Research with Children: What Parents Need to Know” along with other informational videos at:

What is a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial is a research study in human volunteers to answer specific health questions. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find treatments that work in people and ways to improve health.

To learn more about clinical trials, please visit this website:

If you are searching for a clinical trial for yourself, a family member or friend, please visit this website:

Click here to download a PDF formatted brochure of being a research volunteer in English.
Click here to download a PDF formatted brochure of being a research volunteer in Spanish.
Click here to download a PDF of volunteering in research if you are a Veteran.

Feedback Form
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please use the feedback form below or contact us by phone 573-882-3181. We will monitor these forms regularly and respond as soon as possible.