Returning Individual Research Results to Participants – New Report & Webinar July 10

The undertaking of biomedical research with human participants often includes development of clinical laboratory test results associated with an individual research participant.  A movement toward greater transparency and participant engagement in the research enterprise has fostered a growing interest in understanding when it is appropriate to inform participants of these results.

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reviews evidence on the potential benefits, harms, and costs of returning individual research results, while also considering the ethical, social, operational, and regulatory aspects of the practice.  The report offers an approach to returning individual research results that considers the value to the participant, the risks and feasibility of return, and the quality of the research laboratory.

Members of the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report will present their findings and recommendations and answer questions during a public webinar beginning at 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, July 10. 

Advance copies of Returning Individual Research Results to Participants: Guidance for a New Research Paradigm will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT Monday, July 9.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, July 10.  To obtain an embargoed copy of the report, reporters should contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email  Join the conversation on social media using #ReturnofResults.