Research Participant Advocate for Researchers

The Research Participant Advocate (RPA) is a trained research specialist who serves as a resource for participants and a liaison to Clinical Research Unit staff, investigators, and study teams. The RPA’s main objective is to ensure the safety, satisfaction, and confidentiality of research participants who visit the unit. The RPA is the first point of contact for any concerns regarding participant encounters in the CRU.

RPA services are complementary for every active protocol served in the CRU.

The RPA is available for consultation regarding these human subjects’ protection issues:

  • Informed Consent;
  • Data Safety Monitoring Plans (DSMPs);
  • Participant safety;
  • Conflicts of Interest;
  • Regulatory Affairs for Human Subjects Protection;
  • Adverse Event reporting;
  • Participant satisfaction issues; and
  • Other RPA services available upon request.