Participants

The main purpose of the Homewood Institutional Review Board (HIRB) is to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants. One way HIRB protects participants is to ensure that their participation is voluntary.

These brochures are designed to help participants decide whether to participate in research:

Before agreeing to participate, participants should consider the following questions:

For most studies, people must read and sign an informed consent form if they wish to participate. The link below is to a guide that is designed to help participants understand informed consent forms. It is written for participants considering enrollment in a clinical trial, a type of medical study, but much of it also applies to other types of research.

Below is a link to a detailed booklet that describes what people should know before they decide to participate in a research study. It is written for participants considering enrolling in a clinical trial, a type of medical study, but much of it also applies to other types of research. It includes a checklist of questions for participants to consider before enrolling.

If you have questions, concerns, or complaints about your involvement in a research study, please contact Laura Evans, Director, Homewood IRB, at 410-516-4820 or levans22@jhu.edu.