Research Compliance

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Participate in a Study

Frequently Asked Questions

Just For Kids
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Questions or Suggestions
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Survey for Research Participant


Considering Participating in a Research Study?

What you should know before deciding to participate in a research study.   

Many of your questions can be answered by reading the below participant subject brochure or in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section.  If you have any further questions, please call the Office for Research Compliance at 205-348-8461, toll free number: 1-877-820-3066  or send an email to

Other Resources:

The U.S. Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has launched a campaign to inform the general public about research participation.  Please view their home page,  Public Outreach Page, including pamphlets to download:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides a pamphlet to download:

     An online training video by Children’s Hospital Boston, Parents' Guide to Medical Research


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