What kinds of research studies are done at UMMC?
The word “research” has many different meanings. Researchers study a wide range of topics, and each research study is different. Some studies involve medical procedures or treatments while others may involve a survey. As a UMMC research partner, we may ask you to complete a task, take an experimental medication, or provide information that may lead to new medical discoveries. There are a wide variety of research studies conducted at UMMC:
Should I participate in clinical studies?
You should talk with your health care provider and the specific UMMC research team representative to be sure that you understand everything involved in a particular study. Participating in a research study may or may not benefit your health. However, it may help you become more aware of your own health, provide access to investigational treatments, and help form safer and more effective treatments for your community and for future generations.
Am I eligible to participate?
A UMMC research partner may be completely healthy or living with illness. Researchers need people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities to participate. Researchers use specific inclusion and exclusion criteria for each study to determine eligibility. If you don’t qualify for one study, you may qualify for another.
Should I enroll my child in a research study?
As in making the determination for yourself to participate in a study, you should talk with your child’s health care provider and the UMMC research team representative to ensure you understand everything involved in the particular study. Children may have different treatment needs or diseases than adults, so it is important that we learn as much as we can about their needs, experiences, and how their bodies react to different types of therapy and medications as they grow and develop. As with adults, research studies involving children may or may not benefit their health. It may, however, help you become more aware of their health, provide access to investigational treatments, and help form safer and more effective treatments for your community and for future generations.