Who does what on a research team?
teams are in place to: make sure participants are eligible; provide a contact point
for families; give instructions and guidance; and to monitor participants during studies. Each
member has undergone special training in how to protect participants and
conduct studies in an ethical, legal and safe way. They are a fantastic
resource when you have questions about a study, and they always respect that
parents know their child best.
Principal Investigator (PI):
investigators are the leaders of research studies. They are a medical doctor or
PhD who oversee the care of all participants during a study.
are responsible for ensuring the research staff has the right tools for the
study. They organize patient recruitment, data collection, and any equipment,
medication, or devices needed to make sure the study runs smoothly. Some
research coordinators are nurses that aid with data collection, treating
participants, and follow ups.
help the research coordinator with smaller, more detailed tasks such as
participant recruitment or reading through patient charts.
parents on studies involving drugs. They explain general information about the
drug being studied, such as how to take the drug, when to take the drug, and
possible side effects or adverse events.
research team has several ‘behind the scenes’ members that parents may not come
into contact with. The Research Ethics Board is a committee dedicated to
ensuring the rights, safety and well-being of the participants of a clinical
research study. CHEO’s Clinical Research Unit aids helps investigators with
everything from study design through to data analysis. Study sponsors provide the finances needed to
conduct research. They can be governmental, charitable, industry
(pharmaceutical companies), or internal (from within CHEO).
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