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Research Subject Advocate

The mission of the RSA is to pursue risk reduction and enhancement of health and safety of volunteers in medical research, while seeking to improve the reliability of research outcomes at the University of Florida.

The goal is to promote the safety of individuals who participate in research studies supported by the CTSI, promoting subjects’ understanding of research, and ensuring professional integrity of research teams through education.

The RSA: 1) assists investigators to plan for protection of the validity and integrity of their research data, 2) educates all who are involved in research (including investigators, research staff, trainees, and human subjects) about applicable ethical principles, regulations and guidelines related to research, and 3) assists them to apply those principles and regulations during their studies. The RSA is available to answer questions for subjects and for research staff members.

The RSA reviews studies considered by the Scientific Advisory Committee ensuring regulatory and ethical principles for human subject protections, with inclusion of prospective strategies to evaluate each study’s progress, protecting the validity and integrity of the data. The RSA also plays important part in protecting the welfare and safety of research participants by ensuring that Data and Safety Monitoring Plan exists for each study.


H. Robert Kolb ( – (352) 273-8882