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Information for the Public About Human Research & Jefferson's Human Research
Protection Program (HRPP)

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)

The Jefferson HRPP is a network of offices, committees, and individuals at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson and Methodist Hospitals that work together to provide the highest level of protection to participants in research studies. We do this by supporting and monitoring researchers in their pursuit of ethical human research to bring cutting edge health science and technology to the Philadelphia region and beyond.

The nexus of the HRPP is the Office of Human Research's Division of Human Subjects Protection, which supports the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). IRBs are groups of experts and lay people that meet to review and approve human research.

We also rely on you, members of the community and research participants, to provide feedback to us so that we can continue to improve the quality of our research and the protections for our research participants.

Considering participation in a research study?

Download OHRP Pamphlet: "Becoming a Research Volunteer: It's Your Decision"
(Adobe Reader Required - download the Adobe Reader here if you have trouble opening the brochure)

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Complaints?

We want to hear from you! Contact the Office of Human Research if:

  • you want general information about human research or your rights as a research participant
  • you wish to discuss problems, suggestions, or concerns
  • you do not feel comfortable talking with the research team
  • you have communicated with the research team and they have not been able to help you

If you are already participating in a research study, you are encouraged to communicate with the research team first, especially if you are experiencing medical problems.

You may contact us by mail or by phone. All correspondence is treated with respect and is held in strict confidence.

Mailing Address
Office of Human Research
Thomas Jefferson University
1015 Chestnut St., #1100
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Telephone: (215) 503-8966

Other Sources of Information Regarding Human Research

Jefferson is fully accredited by the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP)
http://www.aahrpp.org/

Kimmel Cancer Center is Jefferson’s NCI-designated cancer center
http://www.kimmelcancercenter.org/

The Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP)
organizes and hosts AWARE for All (Annual Workshops to Advance Clinical Research Education). These educational programs are held in metropolitan areas and are free and open to the public. They include thank you receptions for local clinical research participants, informational workshops with top doctors and researchers, health screenings and additional educational resources.
http://ciscrp.org/programs/aware/

OHRP (Office for Human Research Protections) is the federal office in the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees the protection of humans in research:
http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/

Center Watch is a source for information about clinical trials
http://www.centerwatch.com/

Clinical Trials.gov is a national database of active research studies being conducted in the U.S.
http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/

NCI (National Cancer Institute) is a federal agency that funds and conducts human cancer research
http://www.cancer.gov/

Clinical Trials & Insurance Coverage - NCI Resource Guide
http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/learning/page3

NIH (National Institutes of Health) is a network of federal agencies that fund and conduct human research
http://www.nih.gov/

FDA (Food & Drug Administration) is the federal agency that oversees human research involving investigational drugs and devices
http://www.fda.gov/

FDA for Kids
http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/kids/default.htm

FDA's MedWatch
http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/

FDA Access to Investigational Drugs
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForPatientAdvocates/AccesstoInvestigationalDrugs/default.htm

Kids for Research
http://www.kids4research.org/

Kids Health
http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/word/

Human Genome
http://www.genome.gov/Pages/EducationKit/

Medline Plus
http://medlineplus.gov/