Together with medical researchers, human research volunteers have made every clinical breakthrough from the beginning of the modern medical era possible. Thanks to human subjects, we have a better understanding of many aspects of medicine, including:
You may choose to participate in research to make a difference in the lives of people dealing with illness. Or you may volunteer because you or someone you know has a serious medical condition. Whatever your reasons, we value and appreciate your dedication to changing health care for the better.
Read this letter from Nick Turkal, MD, President and CEO of Aurora Health Care [PDF] to hear his thoughts about protecting and respecting research participants during all types of research.
Our Research Subject Protection Program (RSPP) oversees all research involving human subjects performed at any Aurora location. Our institutional review board (IRB) is an important part of our RSPP.
Members of our IRB review and approve research proposals to make sure researchers meet our ethical and legal standards. Our goal is to maintain the highest level of ethics and professionalism during research studies.
Our IRB also protects the rights, dignity and welfare of people participating in human subject research at or in collaboration with Aurora. We stick to strict policies and procedures to follow all federal, state, and local research laws and regulations.
Learn more about Aurora RSPP/IRB.
The government also protects you in two major ways: