Clinical Research: Team Members and Their Roles

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Conducting clinical research requires a team of people with a variety of skills and experience. If you decide to participate in clinical research, you may interact with scientists, medical experts, and others who work together to coordinate all aspects of a study.  

Who Makes Up a Clinical Research Team?

At Johns Hopkins Medicine, research team members vary by study site, type, design, and purpose, but may include: 

To promote access for all people, Johns Hopkins Medicine strives for diversity among the research team. From the PI to the study nurses and physicians, we want our teams to reflect our community, so that all people feel comfortable participating.

Other People Can Be on the Team, Too 

When you participate in a clinical trial, you may want to involve your usual health care providers. Our goal is that everyone who cares for you is aware of both your research experience and clinical care.

Clinical trials do not provide long-term, comprehensive health care. They offer only temporary, condition-specific treatments or procedures. Including your current health care team may help with receiving comprehensive care. If you choose to include your other health care team, you can also be sure that any existing treatments or conditions will not conflict with the study treatment or protocol.  

Research participant advocate: Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Research Participant Advocacy Group focuses on improving the experience of people who participate in clinical research. The advocate strives to make sure participants understand what they are volunteering for and their rights as a research participant. The advocate can also address any concerns participants have. 

Learn More About Clinical Research at Johns Hopkins Medicine

For information about clinical trial opportunities at Johns Hopkins Medicine, visit our trials site.