ResearchMatch kiosk at Ohio University

May 10, 2016

The ResearchMatch kiosk offers a convenient way for volunteers to sign up for research studies.

(ATHENS, Ohio) In an effort to bring attention to the importance of research participation, the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Clinical & Translational Research Unit and the Ohio University Office of Research Compliance are hosting a kiosk for ResearchMatch. ResearchMatch is a free and secure registry that connects interested individuals with researchers who are recruiting volunteers for health studies. The kiosk, located on the second floor of Grover Center on Ohio University’s Athens campus, offers a convenient way for potential volunteers to sign up or learn more about ResearchMatch.

Volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and health status are invited to join ResearchMatch. After registering, a volunteer’s anonymous profile will be searchable by researchers who are authorized to use the registry. Volunteers considered to be a good match for a study will be contacted by email. Only after volunteers authorize the release of their contact information can a researcher contact them directly. Nationwide, the registry has more than 93,000 volunteers and 500 research opportunities, ranging from surveys to clinical trials.

“Those who volunteer their time to participate in clinical research studies make a valuable contribution that can ultimately improve the health of people in their own community and around the world,” said Laura Rush, D.V.M., Ph.D., executive director of the CTRU, which supports numerous clinical trials, many of which are focused on tackling pervasive health conditions affecting people living in Southeast Ohio. “It’s an important, personal decision that ResearchMatch can help with.”

To learn more or to join ResearchMatch, stop by the kiosk in Grover Center.

The Office of Research Compliance manages the ResearchMatch partnership at Ohio University. For more information, visit https://www.ohio.edu/research/compliance/ResearchMatch.cfm.

About the CTRU   
The Clinical & Translational Research Unit is a centralized resource of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine that supports Ohio University faculty who are conducting clinical trials and clinical studies with human subjects. The CTRU, which is part of the Heritage College’s Office of Research & Grants, aims to provide the best possible environment for clinical research – one that fosters the creation of new knowledge in health care and protects the safety and well-being of study participants. The staff is experienced with study participants of all ages and has expertise in a variety of therapeutic areas, including Type I and Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, aging and chronic back pain. The CTRU supports National Institutes of Health-funded trials, pharmaceutical-sponsored trials and a variety of college-supported pilot projects.

About the Heritage College
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is a leader in training dedicated primary care physicians who are prepared to address the most pervasive medical needs in the state and the nation. Approximately 50 percent of Heritage College alumni practice in primary care and nearly 60 percent practice in Ohio. CARE LEADS HERE.