Information for Research Participants

Thank you for your interest the Emory Behavioral Immunology Program.

The Behavioral Immunology Program of Emory University is currently recruiting participants for various studies focusing on the impact of inflammation on the brain. Participants who qualify will be compensated for their time.

If you are interested in participating in one of our research studies, please contact us in one of the following ways:

  • Call (404) 727-8229. If you get an answering machine, please leave your name, phone number, and a time and day that you can best be contacted, and we will call you back as soon as possible.
  • If you are interested specifically in one of our depression studies, please fill out this interest survey. Upon completion, we will reach out to you shortly with study details.
  • Fill out this contact form here

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a clinical research study?

A clinical research study, also called a clinical trial, is a study in human volunteers to answer specific health questions. Interventional trials determine whether experimental treatments or new ways of using known therapies are safe and effective under controlled conditions. Observational trials address health issues in large groups of people or populations in large studies.

What is informed consent?

Informed consent is the dialogue between potential participants and researchers that takes place before anyone decides whether to take part in a study. This process of communication should be free of pressure or rushing, should include all key information and a chance to ask questions and have them answered. Informed consent can be more than just a one-time conversation. As a study goes on, participants can renew their agreement to be in the study, and they can also decide to quit without penalty. The important thing is open and clear communication.

The Informed Consent Document (ICD) is the form participants sign to agree to be in the study. The ICD includes details about the study, such as its purpose, duration, required procedures, risk, benefits, and who to contact for further information. The ICD is not a contract. Participants do not give up any legal rights by signing an ICD. Participants are free to withdraw at any time.