NOTE TO EDITORS: This release is based on information provided by the National Center for Research Resources. In addition, "ResearchMatch" is one word.
Nov. 12, 2009
UI joins new national volunteer recruitment registry ResearchMatch.org
People in Iowa who want to participate in health-related research studies can now connect online with researchers nationwide by joining ResearchMatch.org.
The not-for-profit Web site brings together researchers and people who are willing to learn more about research studies in a secure and convenient manner. The University of Iowa is one of more than 50 institutions now participating in this first national volunteer recruitment registry on a wide range of diseases and overall health.
ResearchMatch is the product of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Consortium, which is led by the National Center for Research Resources, a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The UI participates in the CTSA Consortium through its Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.
Emily Avgenackis, program associate for the UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, said that the UI is excited about the potential of ResearchMatch.org.
"ResearchMatch.org can bolster local interest and ease recruitment challenges so that more volunteers from around the state will engage in UI research efforts," Avgenackis said. "The registry also can generally increase research participation on a national level. This is especially important given the large number of important, yet unfinished, scientific studies that are all too often abandoned due to a lack of volunteer participation."
ResearchMatch will "match" any interested individual residing in the United States with researchers who are approved to recruit potential research volunteers through the system.
After an individual self-registers to become a volunteer, ResearchMatch's security features ensure that personal information is protected until volunteers authorize the release of their contact information to a specific study that interests them. Volunteers are simply notified electronically that they are a possible match and can then decide whether to release their contact information.
For the first year of the project, only researchers affiliated with participating CTSA institutions may be eligible to utilize the recruitment tool, but plans exist to ensure the recruitment tool will be available beyond the CTSA by 2011.
Among the institutions currently participating in ResearchMatch, are 40 of the 46 CTSA institutions, including the University of Iowa. A complete list of these institutions may be viewed at https://www.researchmatch.org/partners/.
ResearchMatch is accessible at http://www.researchmatch.org.
To learn more about the launch of ResearchMatch, see the National Center for Research Resources news release at http://www.nih.gov/news/health/nov2009/ncrr-10.htm.
To learn more about the UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, visit http://www.icts.uiowa.edu.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, W-319 GH, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52242
MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Avgenackis, program association, 319-384-6381, UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, firstname.lastname@example.org; Writer: Jenn Laskowski