Helping researchers navigate clinical & translational research regulatory processes. Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program
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Research Subject Advocacy (RSA)

The Research Subject Advocacy (RSA) Program serves as a resource to the research community and to participants. In educating the general public, and specifically, research subjects and potential subjects, the program's goal is to provide support and advocacy throughout the research process.

Many roles in the research process help support, promote, and protect the rights of a research subject. Advocating on behalf of research participants demands a strong and broad foundation, including a robust human subjects protection program, quality assurance and improvement initiatives, and engagement with communities. Training and education initiatives for researchers and staff are of paramount importance to maintaining open and clear communication with research participants and community members.

Resources

For Potential Study Participants
  • Research Subject Advocacy Resources: Brochures and videos are available to help prospective study participants understand the risks, benefits, rights, and protections associated with participating in a research study.
For Investigators & Study Staff
  • Considering the Research Subject's Perspective: This video series discusses ways researchers and staff can help ensure a positive experience for research participants. The video series is freely available for use and may be embedded on your website. For instructions on how to embed these videos please contact us.

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  • Research Subject Advocacy Resources: Access brochures and videos to help prospective study participants understand the risks, benefits, rights, and protections associated with participating in a research study.

  • Training, toolkits, and consultation services are available upon request.
For Institutions
  • Research Subject Advocacy Resources:
    • Informational Brochures: may be downloaded for print-on-demand or sent to a professional printer. To request printed copies of any of our brochures please contact us.
    • Educational Videos: freely available for use; may be embedded on your website. For instructions on how to embed these videos please contact us. Closed captioned versions of the videos are also available.
      • What does it mean to participate in research?
        This video series provides prospective research subjects with information to consider and questions to ask when thinking about participating in a research study.
      • Considering the Research Subject's Perspective
        This video series discusses ways researchers and staff can help ensure a positive experience for research participants.
  • Training, toolkits, and consultation services are available upon request.

For questions or to inquire about services please contact:

Aaron Kirby, MSc
Director, Regulatory Affairs Operations
Email

Elizabeth Witte
Senior Regulatory Affairs Officer
Email

Jacquelyn-My Do
Regulatory Affairs Officer
Email

A Distributed Model: Redefining a Robust RSA Program

Read more about Harvard Catalyst's RSA model in Clinical and Translational Science.