ResearchMatch: New online registry for research volunteers
An online registry will help connect people interested in volunteering for clinical trials with investigators looking for research participants. The University of Illinois at Chicago is one of over 65 institutions around the country to participate in ResearchMatch, the first national, all-disease, volunteer recruitment registry.
ResearchMatch.org, a Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) initiative, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is an online not-for-profit website, and it now has over 21,000 research volunteers nationwide.
How do you get into the registry?
Anyone may register to be a potential research volunteer at the secure website, by visiting http://go.uic.edu/RM_at_UIC. For Volunteers Frequently Asked Questions, click here.
What does the researcher have to do to use the registry?
Anyone from UIC can check out the website and complete a feasibility assessment. This helps a study team determine if ResearchMatch has sufficient numbers of the type of potential volunteer sought.
There are a few ways to learn how to use ResearchMatch:
- Participate in monthly Researcher Training on the web, provided by ResearchMatch.org. Held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 2 pm, you can learn the ins-and-outs of using this national registry for your clinical research. Registration is required: https://student.gototraining.com/rt/8665119536011522560. The training can be attended more than once. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.
- Watch UIC's customized, narrated presentation. Click icon below - netID and ACCC password required. Adjust your speaker volume to high - unfortunately, the video volume is lower than expected. If you are using previous versions of the web browsers, download the missing plugin to watch the video. If you are still not able to watch the video, then download the video file using the link which is at the bottom.
- Read and follow steps as listed - click here. Because you must obtain IRB approval to use ResearchMatch as a recruitment tool, we have template language you can use in your documents ( click here). Or read a summary of what you, the researcher, should do (click here).
What should I include in my grant application, if I intend to use the registry?
If you would like template language for use in your grant application, click here.
I would like to share this resource with people I know. What would you suggest?
Click here for an informational flyer about ResearchMatch.