Research is the basis upon which we improve the health care of our population. Participating in research assists researchers in understanding fundamental problems in human biology and assesses new therapies for disease. In order to assure the safest possible conditions and highly ethical conduct in human research, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) maintains a Program for the Protection of Human Subjects (PPHS).
For the Public and Research Study Subjects
The major role of the Program for the Protection of Human Subjects is to safeguard the rights and welfare of all human subjects who participate in research projects conducted by ISMMS. Learn more about PPHS.
If you have a problem or concern regarding a research project in which you or a relative are participating the first approach is usually to contact the principal investigator for the project. Every project at the Icahn School of Medicine has a principal investigator and their contact information is contained in the informed consent document. If you enrolled in a study, you should have been given a copy of that document, so you should have the investigators contact information.
If you do not have the contact information or you have contacted the investigator and are not satisfied with the response, please feel free to call the Program for the Protection of Human Subjects at 212-824-8200. You can be assured that anyone you speak with will hold your concerns in confidence if you so desire. All members of the PPHS including the directors are available to speak with you if you desire. The directors may not be in the office but will return your inquiries promptly. You may also use email addresses which can be found in the About Us section of this website.
We are here to protect those members of our community that participate in our research projects, so do not hesitate to call if you have a concern.
As an institution, we are committed to the highest quality of research. If you have a concern about the quality or integrity of a research project (plagiarism, falsification of data, etc), ISMMS has a Research Integrity Program and a Research Integrity officer. Such complaints can be held with the strictest of confidentiality
Icahn School of Medicine researchers are involved in more than 900 research studies. Patients at the School have access to an extensive array of trials designed to contribute to scientific knowledge. View a complete list of ISMMS clinical trials on the topic of your choice.