Research Subject Advocate
Federal regulations and policies protect subjects in clinical research protocols, ensuring that their safety is given the highest priority. These regulations complement the policies of academic institutions that host the GCRCS. Proper performance of research consent and oversight procedures makes demands on the time of already-busy clinician researchers. It is to address these demands that the NCRR has created a Research Subject Advocate (RSA) position within each GCRC. The purpose of this position is to assure that all steps are taken to maximize patient safety as detailed in the protocols approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
- Since the intensity of clinical research and associated risks vary widely among the GCRCs and satellites, the level of effort and responsibilities of the RSA will also vary.
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