Taking Part in a Research Study

Research studies are important for helping doctors learn about possible new ways of treating and helping to prevent disease in people, including potential new vaccines.

Researchers and doctors conduct clinical studies to determine whether new medicines, combinations of medicines, procedures, and devices work together and are safe for people.

Over 18

If you are interested in being in the study and you are 18 years of age or older,* you will be asked to provide informed consent.

  • Informed consent is a process in which the study team, which includes your doctor and other staff members, gives you information about a research study so that you can decide if you want to participate
  • You will be asked to review an informed consent form, which describes the study and its possible risks and benefits in detail
  • If you decide that you are interested in joining the study after reviewing this information, the study team will ask you to sign the informed consent form
Under 18

If your child is interested in being in the study and is younger than 18 years of age, he or she must provide assent.

  • Giving assent means that your child agrees to be in the study. However, you are required to provide informed consent on behalf of your child
  • The study team will review the study information with you and your child. It is important that you also review this information with your child and ask the study team any questions that you have so that he or she understands the study before giving assent

You or your child may decide to stop participating in the study at any time, for any reason.

  • The minimum age for providing informed consent is determined by local regulations.