FAQ & Resources

Choosing to be in a clinical research study is an important personal decision. Your Decision!

When thinking about volunteering for a clinical research study, it is important to make a informed decision. This information is to help you with that choice.

It is also often helpful to talk to a physician, family members, or friends about deciding to join a study.

Synonyms Used in Research

The activity known as "research" can be referred to by many names:

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research study
  • Clinical Research Study or Trial

Likewise, individuals volunteering to be in a research study are referred to by many names:

  • Participant
  • Study or Research Participant
  • Subject
  • Research or Clinical Subject

(Please note: Research professionals do not refer to human subjects as "guinea pigs"; unfortunately, this term is often refered to when individuals think of research participation.)

Participation in Clinical Trials

For those considering participation in a clinical trial, the following frequently asked questions are important in understanding the role of the participant and the unique process of clinical trials.

Helpful Links

Educational Links for Research Training


These links give general information about statistics and brief tutorials on statistical data.

Other Research - Human Protection Links

Information for Investigators, research staff, and IRB members

Research ­ reviewed by Aspirus Wausau Hospital IRB

If you or a loved one are interested in participating in a  research study/trial or would like more information on the research being conducted in Wausau & surrounding communities that Aspirus Wausau Hospital IRB has reviewed please contact the following research facilities or the IRB Office.

  • Aspirus Regional Cancer Center
  • Aspirus Research Institute
  • Cancer Prevention & Treatment Trials ­ Aspirus Langlade Hospital, Antigo
  • Achieve Center, Inc. of Wausau, WI
  • Aspirus Eye Center (Ironwood)
  • Aspirus Wausau Hospital