People within the Cleveland community who want to participate in research studies can now connect online with researchers nationwide by joining ResearchMatch.org. ResearchMatch is a not-for-profit website that brings together researchers and people who are willing to learn more about research studies in a secure and convenient manner. Case Western Reserve University is one of the 51 institutions participating in this first national, disease-neutral, volunteer recruitment registry.
ResearchMatch is the product of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Consortium, which is supported by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The CTSA is a national network of 46 medical research institutions working together to improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the country.
In 2007, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Case Western Reserve University $64 million to become part of the national consortium designed to transform how clinical and translational research is conducted, ultimately enabling researchers to provide new treatments more efficiently and quickly to patients. Case Western Reserve University named its award the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative, (CTSC), as it is a collaboration among Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center and University Hospitals. The ultimate goal of the CTSC in Cleveland is to provide complete service and integrated clinical translational research capability within the Cleveland community that will improve the health of patients in Northeast Ohio through patient-based research.
"This represents an unprecedented opportunity to implement some of the enormous promise of the CTSA program nationally," said Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD, Dean of the School of Medicine and the Principal Investigator of the Cleveland CTSA, regarding ResearchMatch. "We look forward to seeing how this program unfolds."
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 has self-registered 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 may be of interest to them. Volunteers are simply notified electronically that they are a possible match and then make the decision regarding the release of 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.
Currently 51 institutions representing 39 of the 46 CTSAs are listed as participating sites through ResearchMatch, including Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals and MetroHealth Medical Center. A complete list of these institutions is available online.
ResearchMatch is accessible at: www.researchmatch.org.
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