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What To Expect

Although we are looking for as many volunteers as possible, not everyone will qualify as a TRI research volunteer.  We follow a thorough screening/enrollment process to protect our volunteer’s health and safety.

After completing an initial screening questionnaire with a member of the study team, you will be matched with the study that is right for you.  You will be invited to come to the TRI facility to read the Informed Consent Form and discuss your participation with members of the study team. The Informed Consent Form is a document that describes the rights of a study participant and provides details about the study, such as its purpose, duration, required procedures, risks, potential benefits, and key contacts.   Your participation in the study will begin after you have been informed of all aspects of the study that are relevant to your decision to take part, you have had all of your questions answered to your satisfaction,  and you have confirmed your willingness to participate, in writing, by signing and dating the Informed Consent Form. 

Your participation will begin with a screening visit that will include procedures and tests that will determine if you are eligible to participate in the remainder of the study.  Common screening procedures and tests include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical history and medication review
  • Vital sign measurements
  • Physical examination
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Blood and urine collection for testing

If you meet all study eligibility criteria, you will be enrolled in the study.  You will be scheduled to return to the facility for a pre-determined number of study visits over a specific period of time.  During these visits, you will complete study-related procedures and tests, which may include:

  • Current health status and medication review
  • Vital sign measurements
  • Physical examination
  • Blood and urine collection for testing
  • Tissue collection for testing
  • Dual Energy X-ray Absorptimetry (DEXA) scan for body composition measurement
  • Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) measurement
  • Exercise testing for VO2 max measurement

You may also be asked to complete study-related tasks at home, such as wearing an activity monitor, measuring and documenting your blood glucose levels, following a specific diet, or taking an investigational medication.  Additionally, many studies offer compensation for time and travel.