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Further resources are available for people who may volunteer to participate in studies (known as “participants” or “subjects”) and about the rights of research participants.

Interested in Research?

We hope this information will help you make informed choices if:

  • Someone from Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health asks you to participate in research,
  • You see or hear advertisements for Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health research and think about volunteering
  • You want to volunteer for research, but you do not know where to start.

Already Participating in Research?

If you are experiencing medical problems, please communicate with your study team.

You can also contact the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Human Research Protection Program (contact information below) for help if you:

  • Have general questions about research or your rights
  • Wish to discuss problems, suggestions or concerns
  • Do not feel comfortable communicating with the study team
  • Want advice about how to communicate with the study team
  • Have communicated with the study team, but they have not been able to help you

If you contact the HRPP office, every precaution will be taken to maintain your confidentiality. If you report a problem, we might need to reveal your name or other information about you in order to investigate the problem. A representative from the HRPP will contact you before revealing information about you.

You may contact the HRPP by phone or e-mail.

Human Research Protection Program
Phone: 717-544-5644

Request a Seminar on Research

If you are a member of a community group who is interested in hosting a seminar presented by our HRPP leadership, please make your request by email to

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