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For Research Participants

Information for Participants

Introduction to Research

Welcome and thank you for considering participation in one of the research studies on the CTSI nursing unit. Research discoveries can improve people’s health. We cannot do research without our research participants, so your participation is invaluable. Becoming a research volunteer is solely YOUR decision.

If you decide to participate in research on our unit, you will be assigned a research nurse dedicated to maintaining your safety during your research participation and to respond to any questions or concerns you may have. Your research nurse will work with your investigator and study coordinator to ensure you understand your research plan of care and to make certain that your questions are answered to your satisfaction.

All research team members are committed to advocating for your needs. However, you may also contact the Research Participant Advocate (RPA)'s Sadie Gabler at 801-581-3803 anytime. The RPA works independently of the nursing unit and her primary responsibility is to advocate to you during your research participation.

Research Overview

The HHS (US Department of Health & Human Services) has developed the pamphlet “Becoming a Research Volunteer: It’s Your Decision”. Some day you or a family member may want to take part in a research study. The following questions and answers from the pamphlet may assist you or a family member in making the right decision.

What is Research?

Research is a study that is done to answer a question. Scientists do research because they don’t know for sure what works best to help you. Some other words that describe research are clinical trial, protocol, survey, or experiment. Research is not the same as treatment.

Why Participate?

Why is Research Important?

Research has led to important discoveries that make our lives better. Some examples are:

  • New drugs to treat cancer, diabetes, and other diseases
  • Ultrasound, X-ray machines, and diagnostic tests
  • Vaccines
  • Ways to stop smoking, and
  • Improved medical procedures

Points to Consider

A research study may or may not help you personally. In the future, the results could help others who have a health problem. Taking part in research is voluntary.

More information can be found in our frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Quetions

Locations and Parking

The CSC operates out of two venues; our outpatient clinic at the University of Utah Research Park, and the University of Utah Main Hospital. Parking at the University of Utah Hospital is free. Please follow the sign for valet parking. For more information on parking at the hospital, please see our Directions to the Hospital and NAC. Our outpatient clinic is located at 421 Wakara Way in research park. Parking at this outpatient clinic is free. Please see the instructions for finding 421 Wakara Way for more parking information.

What is the Name of the Research Clinic?

We are the Clinical Services Core (CSC) at the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Some people might still refer to us as the Clinical Research Center or CRC.


Your appointment in our clinic will be scheduled by your study coordinator. We cannot make or change any of your appointments, so please contact your study team with any questions. Their contact information will be on the informed consent document that you signed.

What is Informed Consent?

Informed consent is the process of learning the facts about a clinical research study before deciding whether or not to participate. This process involves having the study explained to you in detail, and having the time to decide if participating is right for you. If you are interested in participating, you will be given an informed consent document to read and sign if you decide to participate. You may want to discuss the study with family, friends, or your primary care doctor. Always remember that it is your choice to participate or not.

What if I Have Questions About My Study?

You may ask questions about your study at any point. You may also decide not to participate at any time. Your research MD and study coordinators will have the answers to your study related questions. Sadie Gabler, our research participant advocate, will also be a resource to you. Contact her if you have questions that you are not comfortable asking the study team or research nurses.

Will I Benefit from Participating in a Research Study?

Clinical research studies are done for a variety of reasons—clinical studies help doctors find new and better ways to prevent, detect, control, and treat illnesses. Because no two studies are the same, the risks and benefits of each study can be very different. There may be no direct benefit to you for participating, or you may be the first to receive benefit from a new medicine or treatment before it is readily available.

Please talk to your research MD or study coordinator and be certain to review the risks and benefits included in the informed consent document for your study. All researchers hope the knowledge gained from their study will benefit future patients.

How Much Time Will My Appointment Take?

Please check with your study coordinator for information that is specific to each of your clinic visits. Some of our clinic appointments are less than 20 minutes, while other participants will remain on our unit for several days.

Who are the research nurses? The nursing staff on our floor is comprised of experienced clinical research RNs. We have an expert staff with a wide variety of clinical experience. We provide age-specific care to all populations—infants, toddlers, young children, youth, adults, and geriatrics.

Are There Other Studies That Need Volunteers?

The CSC nursing staff cannot refer you to other research studies. We recommend you register on or search University of Utah Health Clinical Trials.

We look forward to seeing you at your research visit! Thank you for participating in clinical research, it is essential to improving the future of health care for everyone!

Contact Us

Nurse Manager
Michelle Adams
Phone: 801-585-5861