Questions and Concerns?

As a study participant, you can make a difference in advancing tomorrow’s healthcare. Clinical research studies are the vehicle for getting new medications and treatments to market for millions of people. Study participants are extremely valuable because they make the clinical research process possible. Without participants, there would be no new therapies for medical conditions.

A clinical research study is a project carefully designed to test a medical treatment in people, under the supervision of a qualified investigator, usually a physician. Clinical research studies must be approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to enrolling participants. The IRB committee reviews all studies to make sure that your rights as a participant are fully protected, that you are informed about the study and that you are not open to unnecessary risks.

If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research study participant you may call the University of Kentucky Office of Research Integrity (ORI) at (859) 257-9428 or toll free at 1-866-400-9428 or see the ORI Web site at

If you have questions on how to participate in a research study call Clinical Research Development and Operations Center at (859) 257-7856 or email or see our Web site at