Human Subjects Protection Office

Provides Protection, Education and Training for Clinical Trials

The purpose of the Human Subjects Protection Office (HSPO) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is threefold:

  • Provide comprehensive protection to subjects who volunteer in human subjects research activities at this Institution.
  • Provide an educational and training program designed to educate the community, investigators, staff and patients in the safe and ethical conduct of research.
  • Assist researchers by monitoring current research activities to ensure the ethical conduct of human subjects research.

Ensures Research is Conducted with Ethical Principles

The HSPO ensures that research activities are conducted in accordance with the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence and justice as set forth in the Belmont Report, State and Federal regulation and in compliance with internal Beth Israel Deaconess policies by:

  • Ensuring that research involving human subjects is reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board prior to initiation and that subsequent continuing review and monitoring takes place for approved studies.
  • Conducting seminars, online training and compliance activities that is required of researchers and staff.
  • Managing and performing a site visit and audit compliance program that applies to all research activity involving human subjects. This program informs the Human Subjects Protection Office of the need for additional programs or policy development.
  • Achieving and maintaining accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) which signifies that the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is committed to comprehensive protection for research participants and the highest quality research.

Resources for Participants

The Human Subjects Protection Office (HSPO) at BIDMC is available to discuss questions or concerns about your participation in research. Please contact the HSPO help-line at (617) 667-0469. 

For information about what it means to be a participant, please see the brochure titled “Becoming a Research Volunteer: It’s Your Decision”, available in English and Spanish

For resources about common procedures or questions related to research, please see the brochures available through the Harvard Catalyst here. The following are examples of brochures that are currently available:

  • Should I be a Research Subject?
  • Research Subject Bill of Rights
  • MRI for Research
  • CT Scans for Research
  • Blood Draw for Research
  • Social and Behavioral Research
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Genetic Research

Please note that these brochures are available in many different languages.

In addition, please see the Informational video series for individuals considering research participation.

To participate in a clinical research study at BIDMC:

See Open Research Studies