While Penn State is a world leader in research, our rural location makes it difficult to find people to become involved in research. This database was developed to assist researchers in finding participants by providing a central list of local adults in the appropriate age bracket. This will save time and money and help make research easier on both the researcher and the participant.
Welcome to Research PALS!
Research Participation Across the Life Span (PALS) is a database project that connects people interested in participating in research activities at Penn State.
Researchers at Penn State are engage in a number of projects related to healthy aging including the study of memory, language skills, stroke rehabilitation, exercise, motor control, brain imaging and nutrition. Research volunteers play a vital role in helping to advance our research and without the contributions of people like you, research could not progress.Research PALS is a database project that helps to connect community members interested in volunteering for research with activities at Penn State. The database stores names, birthdates, addresses, and phone numbers of participating individuals. This information is kept confidential and shared only with PSU researchers who are conducting studies approved by the University’s Office for Research Protections. When new research opportunities arise, a researcher will contact you to explain the current study and ask if you are interested in participating.
Participation is always optional. You may remain in the database as long as you wish and you can ask to be removed at any time.
All the information in the Research PALS database is confidential. Only researchers who have received approval from the Office of Regulatory Compliance will be provided with information from the database. Your information will not be sold or given to any other organization.
Unless you ask to be removed you will be listed in the database.
To change information in the database, give us a call at 814-865-0878.
Some research programs offer money to participants, but others do not. When a researcher calls you to explain the purpose of the study they will also outline the time commitment and compensation costs. As always, it is your choice whether to participate.
In addition to monetary compensation, other forms of compensation may include physical and developmental evaluation. Additionally, many find that participating in research is interesting as it gives insight, and provides a sense of satisfaction for having contributed to important advances in scientific knowledge.
The time involved varies greatly depending on the individual research project. One study may involve a single meeting lasting less than one hour to several meetings over several years. The time commitment is always clearly outlined before you agree to participate and your participation is always voluntary. You may stop at any time (even part way through a study if you are no longer interested in continuing).
When you will be contacted depends on which research projects are currently recruiting volunteers. Depending on the ages and criteria of adults being recruited, it could be a week after you sign up to several months (or possibly never). We try very hard not to overburden you by calling too often. When you are contacted, you will be given the option to not be called for a period of time of your choosing.
No, you are not committed to participate in any research and may say no to any particular research request. Your willingness to be in the database means that you are available to be asked. Which research projects and how many you agree to participate in are entirely up to you.
No! All research projects are reviewed by the University Institutional Review Board to make certain that they meet legal and ethical guidelines, which include the safety and well-being of research volunteers.
We hope that you talk to your friends and neighbors about the Research PALS project and encourage them to sign up. However, only those particular individuals can sign themselves up.