Participation FAQs

What is the purpose of research and why is it important?

We hope our research can improve the health and daily life of children. Families volunteer to participate in carefully conducted studies to help scientists and doctors provide the best possible care for families like yours.

Click here to see a video (created by NIH) about why participating is important!

What is it like to participate?
  1. We will tell you about the study and answer questions
  2. Your child will play with toys and puzzles
  3. We will measure your child
  4. You will answer some questions

*Two of our studies, called Omega Heroes and Moms in Motion, also involve collecting a small amount of blood.

When are appointments scheduled?

We have flexible scheduling! Contact us to find a day/time that works best for you.

What if I need to bring other children?

No problem! Let our study staff know if other children are attending the visit so we can arrange for a staff member to watch these children.

What if I do not have a car?

That's okay! We can provide taxi service.

How do I sign up to participate?

Call us today, (614) 202-4742 or (614) 312-4512!

What should I do if I need to reschedule?

If you would like to reschedule your visit call or text us as soon as possible. We are happy to reschedule for a time and day convenient for you!

Will I receive results or advice regarding my child’s development?

Our study staff are not trained clinicians or pediatricians so we are unable to offer advice regarding your child’s individual development. We can provide you with your child’s growth measurements that are taken at your visit. We are happy to share with you our overall study results as soon as we have them available. 

What are the risks and benefits of participating?

We believe that there is very little chance that bad things will happen as a result of participating. All study activities are voluntary so if you do not wish to do or answer something please let our staff know. There may be no direct benefits to being in a study,  but we hope to learn information that could help others in the future.

How will my information be kept private?

We do everything we can to keep your information private both during and after your participation. All of the tasks performed during your visit will not be linked to your, or your child’s, name.

Whom should I contact to learn more?

Call or text us today at (614) 202-4742 or (614) 312-4512 to see if you qualify for any of our studies, or visit our Current Studies page for more information.