Participant Information

Information for Research Volunteers

The Human Research Protection Program, which includes two Institutional Review Boards (IRB), is responsible by federal law for ensuring the protection of the rights, welfare, and well-being of participants involved in research studies conducted by TAMU faculty, staff and students.

To accomplish that goal, the IRB carefully reviews  research to ensure that it is carried out appropriately.  Research studies cannot be started until the IRB has approved the study. 

Become a Research Participant

If you would like to volunteer in a research study, please read the Participant Brochure to help you decide whether to take part.

 Becoming a research participant comes with rights and responsibilities:

Voice a Complaint or Concern

For questions about your rights as a research participant; or if you have questions, complaints, or concerns about the research, please contact the Texas A&M University Human Research Protection Program:

  • 979.458.4067 
  • 1.855.795.8636 toll free
  • 979.862.3176 fax

You can also submit a human subjects research concern form or submit a report to Texas A&M EthicsPoint.

Other Resources

The following resources are helpful in understanding research, your rights as a participant, and what you should consider before joining a study.

Office of Human Research Protections

Becoming a Research Volunteer: It's Your Decision 

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Clinical Trials: What Patients Need to Know 

National Institutes of Health

NIH Clinical Research Trials and You

Clinical Trial Information

FAQs regarding Clinical Trials 

Finding a Clinical Trial - To search for a clinical trial by disease or geographic location, visit: