Participant Rights

As a research participant, you have the right to…
  • Know why the research is being done.
  • Know what will happen to you.
  • Know the risks, side effects or pain that may occur.
  • Know what good may come of the study.
  • Know what other treatments exist if you do not take part in the research.
  • Know how your private information will be kept safe.
  • Know what will happen if you are hurt.
  • Know whom to contact with questions or concerns.
  • Ask questions at any time.
  • Decide whether to participate without being pressured.
  • Drop out at any time without penalty.
  • Keep a copy of the consent form.
Questions to Ask Before Participating in a Research Study
  • Why is the research being done?
  • What will be done to me as part of the research?
  • How will I benefit from the research?
  • Could the research hurt me?
  • What will the researcher do with my information?
  • Will the research cost me anything?
  • Who pays if I’m unexpectedly injured during the study?
  • How long will the study last?
  • What happens if I decide to leave the study early?
  • Who should I call if I have a question about the research?
Reporting a Concern

Concerns and complaints are taken very seriously at CSMLS. These are treated with the utmost respect and, where possible, confidentially. We strive to continually improve research procedures and the experience of research participants.

If you have questions about your participation in a research study, contact the Principal Investigator or a study team member listed in the invitation and/or study consent form you were given. This is your first action to discuss and resolve your concern.

If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome, are unable to receive a response after an appropriate amount of time or have a concern about your participation that you do not wish to discuss with the Principal Investigator or study team member, you can contact the CSMLS Research Ethics Board (REB) at the contact information below.

If you contact the REB, please try to have your consent form or study information available because you will be asked to provide information about the particular study.

To report a concern:

Contact the Research Ethics Board Administrative Assistant (REBAA), Sierra Paprocki, at or 1-800-263-8277 ext 8685.

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement : We respectfully acknowledge the CSMLS office, located in Hamilton, Ontario, is situated upon the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississauga Nation, Anishinaabe Peoples, and the Neutral Peoples. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon wampum, which is a treaty between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.


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