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Information for Research Participants

If you are interested in participating in our research study on inflammation and depression, please call (404) 727-8229 or fill out this online form.

If you are interested in participating in our research study on examining the effects of meditation on emotional well-being and medical health, please call (404) 778-2256 or fill out this online form.

When calling, please leave a message including your name, phone number and/or email address, and a good time for us to call you back.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a clinical research study?

A clinical research study, also called a clinical trial, is a study in human volunteers to answer specific health questions. Interventional trials determine whether experimental treatments or new ways of using known therapies are safe and effective under controlled conditions. Observational trials address health issues in large groups of people or populations in large studies.

What is informed consent?

Informed consent is the dialogue between potential participants and researchers that takes place before anyone decides whether to take part in a study. This process of communication should be free of pressure or rushing, should include all key information and a chance to ask questions and have them answered. Informed consent can be more than just a one-time conversation. As a study goes on, participants can renew their agreement to be in the study, and they can also decide to quit without penalty. The important thing is open and clear communication.

The Informed Consent Document (ICD) is the form participants sign to agree to be in the study. The ICD includes details about the study, such as its purpose, duration, required procedures, risk, benefits, and who to contact for further information. The ICD is not a contract. Participants do not give up any legal rights by signing an ICD. Participants are free to withdraw at any time.