Here are answers to some of our frequently asked questions:
Q: When can families join in?
A: Any time! Families are always welcome to contact us if they would like to become involved in our research.
Q: What happens when I volunteer my information?
A: Your information will be placed and stored in our database. If any of your children become eligible for one of our research projects, we will call you and ask if you would like to participate. Eligibility is typically determined by age (i.e. most studies focus on specific age-groups, like infants or 8-10 year olds) so you may be called soon after you provide your information, or it may be a while before we call you.
Q: Is my personal information secure?
A: Absolutely. At the CDRU we treat all of our volunteers' information as strictly confidential. We do not provide our volunteers' personal information to any organization - ever. Our participant lists are never released, so the CDRU staff are the only people who would ever know which studies you've participated in, or even that you have volunteered your information to us!
Q: What if I change my mind and don't want to participate?
A: Keep in mind that volunteering your information never requires you to participate. When we call to invite you to participate in a project, you can always decline if you are not interested at that time. If you do decide to participate in any project, you may also choose to withdraw at any time if you change your mind about participating.
Also, if you decide that you would no longer like us to contact you about participating in our research, you can certainly request that we remove you from our database, and we will do so immediately.
Q: I work during the day so I have limited availability. When do lab and home visits take place?
A: We are able to schedule lab and home visits during weekdays, evenings, and weekends, so we can always schedule visits when it is most convenient for you. We also offer sibling babysitting during visits so that you can bring another child with you and a research assistant will be here to play with them.