Volunteer participants are invaluable partners in our scientific endeavors. As such, they have important rights that apply to all our studies.
- Taking part in our studies is utterly voluntary. Each volunteer decides for each study anew whether he or she would like to participate.
- Participants are free to stop participating at any time throughout the study, without having to provide a reason.
- When asked to decide whether to participate in a specific study, volunteers are given detailed information about the study and what it involves. They can also pose additional questions, before making a decision to participate.
- Upon study completion, a thorough explanation of the study will be provided. Participants are also invited to ask further question they may have about the study.
- There are typically no known risks associated with participating in our research beyond those of everyday life. If a study involves taking additional risks, they are described in detail before a volunteer gives the consent to participate.
Confidentiality of Responses
- Confidentiality of your research records and identity will be strictly maintained at all times. To preserve the anonymity of the data, each participating volunteer is assigned a random code number that will be used to keep track of data produced by the study.
- In our studies, the confidentiality of your research records and identity will be strictly maintained.
- Identifying information appears only on consent forms, which will be locked in a secure office for three years after the completion of the study and will then be destroyed.
- To preserve the anonymity of the data, each participating volunteer is assigned a random code number that will be used to keep track of data produced by the study. No records are kept that would allow participants’ names or identities to be matched with the data codes after study completion.
- Results of the study in any presentation or publication will include only group results, and no identifying information will ever be used in public communications.
Note that all our studies must comply with NYU Abu Dhabi’s Human Research Protection Program. This ensures that our work does not violate the rights or welfare of our participants. If you want further information about your rights as a participant, you may contact NYUAD's Institutional Review Board (NYUAD IRB) via phone +971-2-628-4313 or +971-2-628-4313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.