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Frequently asked questions

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Can my physician obtain copies of the blood test results from this research project?

As a participant in the clinical study, you are automatically looked after by a research team physician. The latter ensures that participants requiring special medical attention, especially during the study, receive satisfactory follow-up with their family physician or another qualified health professional.

Can I have a follow-up visit with a dietitian once the study is over?

Private dietitian services are available at the INAF nutrition health clinic (Clinique Nutrition Santé). Following your participation in the research project it’s possible to consult a dietitian from this clinic, which is on our premises. The clinic dietitians offer a range of nutrition advisory services such as individual consultations, educational and interactive workshops, lectures, and small-group intervention programs. For more information on this subject, visit the Clinique Nutrition Santé website.

I am not eligible for a specific project, can I participate in another?

Not qualifying for a clinical study does not mean you will be excluded from other studies. Each research protocol has its own eligibility criteria. To check if you qualify please contact the project coordinator who will confirm whether you can take part.

Can I participate in more than one study?

You can participate in more than one study but only one at a time. The time between the end of one study and the start of another varies according to the nature of the research project. This may entail a wait of a few weeks or a few months, it all depends on the type of treatment you underwent.

Can I qualify if I live outside the Québec City area?

That depends on the constraints posed by the research protocol in terms of time and travel investments. The number of visits scheduled during the protocol and for follow-up varies greatly from one study to the next. The project coordinator will determine with you whether or not it is possible for you to participate in the study.

Why do the eligibility criteria vary from one study to the next?

There is a scientific basis for determining the eligibility criteria. Clinical studies are designed to meet one or more specific objectives. For this reason the selected participants must possess certain characteristics that allow researchers to satisfactorily meet their objectives. The inclusion of individuals who don’t meet the eligibility criteria can complicate the interpretation of the results.

How do I proceed if I want to participate in a clinical study?

First make sure you meet the eligibility criteria. If so, get in touch with the project coordinator using the contact information in the advertisement. By asking you a few additional questions, the coordinator will verify your eligibility and invite you to a screening visit.

Who funds the clinical studies?

Funding is provided by the Canadian and Québec governments and non-government organizations—associations, foundations, private companies, etc. INAF research funds come primarily from the following organizations:

Canada
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Québec
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT)
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)

Non-governmental or private organizations
Canadian Diabetes Association
The Canadian and Québec Heart and Stroke Foundations
Dairy Farmers of Canada
and more

Who funds the clinical studies?

Funding is provided by the Canadian and Québec governments and non-government organizations—associations, foundations, private companies, etc. INAF research funds come primarily from the following organizations:

Canada
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Québec
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT)
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)

Non-governmental or private organizations

Canadian Diabetes Association
The Canadian and Québec Heart and Stroke Foundations
Dairy Farmers of Canada

and more

Do I have to be in perfect health to participate in a clinical study? Am I eligible if I am taking medication?

That depends on the type of study and the eligibility criteria for each study. Participants are selected based on certain characteristics that allow the research team to meet its specific objectives. For example, a study designed to improve the risk factors for a specific disease by means of dietary changes will target individuals at risk of developing that disease. The fact that you take drugs does not automatically exclude you from the project. Some drugs can interfere with the measurements made in the study while others pose no problem. It’s also possible, with your family physician’s consent, to stop taking a drug for the duration of the study. To check on your eligibility, contact the project coordinator who will confirm whether or not you can participate in the study.