Participant Resources

Patients are vital in helping us discover better ways to diagnose, treat and care for people with diseases and conditions.

At Hackensack Meridian Health, our physicians and scientists are always looking for patients to help us find the best possible treatment. 

To participate in our research:

  1. First consult with your own doctor. Discuss the best way for you to participate.
  2. Go to and search for research studies at Hackensack Meridian Health. You will find all the active studies here, information on them and how you can participate.

To find out more information about the various levels of clinical trials, visit the National Institutes of Health.

Hackensack Meridian Health fosters a research environment that promotes the respect for the rights and welfare of individuals recruited for, or participating in, research. The review and conduct of research at Hackensack Meridian Health conforms to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is guided by the principles set forth in the Belmont Report.

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), in partnership with its research community, is responsible for ensuring the ethical and equitable treatment of all human participants in research conducted under its auspices. Its primary mission is to safeguard the health and welfare of human research participants by ensuring that their rights, safety and well-being are protected.

Our institution is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

Why participate in research?

Research participants generally choose to participate in research because:

  • They want to help further science advance medicine
  • They want access to experimental treatments to aid in their own care

What does participation in research involve?

The nature of participation in research varies depending on the study. Each research study has a different goal and therefore different steps, or methods, to achieve that goal.

Before agreeing to participate in research, the investigator will explain everything involved and explain the risks and benefits. Patients will be given ample time to consider participation and talk with others before consenting.

Even once patients have agreed to be a part of the research, they still can choose to stop participating at any point. Before stopping, it is important that the research coordinator and investigator be notified of this decision.

What should be considered before participating in research?

 It is important to consider:

  1. What is involved in the study? Will it fit the patient’s lifestyle? For example, if the study involves coming to the hospital once a week, is that realistic for the patient?
  2. Do the benefits of the study outweigh the risks? The benefits could be in the form of direct benefits to the patient or to the society at large. If there is any uncertainty about the risks, the patient should ask questions and consult others.

Our institution is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

For more information about our program, please contact Daniel Alderson.

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