Requests for LIFE members to Participate in Gerontology Research


University of Central Florida Faculty and Student Researchers who wish to have LIFE participants as their research subjects must adhere to the following review process.  The LIFE@UCF Research Review Committee oversees the process and makes recommendations to the President of LIFE if the research meets the criteria. Priority will be given to LIFE funded research projects, other UCF researchers, student researchers with a designated UCF faculty advisor, and Orlando community groups such as Florida Hospital and Compass Research.  No other Institution of Higher Education (IHE) will be given permission to recruit research subjects from LIFE@UCF unless there is a direct affiliation (co-PI) with a UCF faculty member.  Upon receiving notification of review approval, the researcher may schedule a time with the President of Life (Julian Meitin – to make a 2-3 minute presentation to recruit participants at a LIFE class session.

In order to be considered the researcher must address the following:

  • The researcher must provide a written abstract of the project including the research question, the purpose, the responsibility and time demands of the participant subjects and potential benefit of participation.
  • The researcher must provide a signed approved IRB, including an informed consent agreement prior to the recruitment of LIFE participants. The LIFE@UCF roster will not be made available to any research group.
  • The nature of the research should be related to the field of gerontology or of interest to participants.
  • The researcher(s) should contact and send all materials to Dr. Richard Tucker (, Chair of the Research Committee.