There are no “guinea pigs.”
“That phrase makes me shudder,” Benson says. “Long before we bring any people into a study, incredibly rigorous work has already been completed that ensures safeguards are in place.”
At the U, the Human Research Protection Program independently develops protective measures for all research participants and monitors safety procedures throughout the studies. It also ensures that study participants can change their minds and withdraw from a trial at any time.
“I think many people also don’t fully appreciate how deeply our researchers care about the participants in their trials,” Benson adds. “They are completely invested in trying to discover better, more effective treatments for patients.”