UTMB's Commitment

UTMB has been a leader for decades in numerous areas of cancer research and management which includes: programs in aging, environmental health, health disparities, structural biology and signaling transduction, just to name a few.

Everyone who works or studies at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) is a member of a community of professionals dedicated to advancing UTMB’s missions of education, research and patient care. Members of the UTMB community, though diverse in culture, educational backgrounds and beliefs, share a common set of professional values that help them remain true to UTMB’s historic commitment to the health of Texas. These values, or professional commitments, are outlined in this UTMB Professionalism Charter.

If we can help with your search for an appropriate clinical trial you may contact our clinical trials office at (409) 772-6995.

Becoming a Research Volunteer

This information is taken from the Office of Human Research Protections information page.

Someday, you or a family member may want to take part in a research study. If this happens, the information here may help you make the right decision.

What is Research?


Research is a study that is done to answer a question. Scientists do research because they don’t know for sure what works best to help you. Some other words that describe research are clinical trial, protocol, survey, or experiment. Research is not the same as treatment.


Why Is Research Important?

  • Research has led to important discoveries that make our lives better.
  • New drugs to treat cancer, diabetes, and other diseases
  • Ultrasound, X-ray machines, and diagnostic tests
  • Vaccines
  • Ways to stop smoking
  • Improved medical procedures


Points to Consider
A research study may or may not help you personally. In the future, the results could help others who have a health problem. Taking part in research is voluntary.


Questions to Ask

  • What exactly will happen to me in the research?
  • Will there be any unpleasant side effects?
  • Will the research help me personally?
  • What other options do I have?
  • Can I leave the study at any time?
  • Will it cost me anything personally?


Before you decide to become a research volunteer, get the facts:
Know what you are getting into.
Ask Questions.
Learn as much as you can.
Know the pros and cons.
Research Discoveries Can Improve People’s Health!!!

For more information regarding specific clinical trials available in your area, you may visit Clinical Trials, a service of the National Institutes of Health.

ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.

Again, if we can assist you in finding an appropriate clinical trial please call our Research Coordinator, Jessica Robertson at (409) 772-6995 or click here to fill out our online contact form.