Magazine Article | September 1, 2015

What Is Required For Better Medical Research Participation?

Source: Life Science Leader

By Rob Wright, Chief Editor, Life Science Leader
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Years ago I was asked to enroll my daughter in medical research. As I recall, the University of Buffalo physician approached me shortly before my child was to undergo a procedure. They were hoping to take a few additional tissue samples that wouldn’t lengthen the procedure nor harm my daughter. I said no to this request. The clinician proceeded to provide some additional information (verbally), which came across as an effort to persuade me to reconsider. I declined again. He then said, “May I ask why you don’t want to help advance medical research?” (Take a deep breath, Rob, as this doctor will be soon conducting a surgical procedure on your child). “Of course,” I replied. However, I opted not to go into a lot of detail in my reply of, “I am simply not interested in signing my daughter up for research at this particular time.”