Ohio Ranked Second for Clinical Trial Recruitment
Published August 2010
With more than 1,000 of the nearly 9,000 total volunteers registered, Ohio is the second-leading state for recruitment registration for ResearchMatch (www.researchmatch.org) —the nonprofit, Web-based tool produced in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Consortium.
The secure site allows users to self-register to become study volunteers. They do so by entering contact information, interests and a variety of health-related details that can then be used to match them with an appropriate study.
Electronic notifications are then used to alert volunteers to potential study opportunities, and only at that point do they make decisions authorizing the release of their contact information.
Six UC researchers have been approved for recruitment access for 13 studies within the database and nine researchers have been approved for feasibility access—meaning principal investigators can view aggregate data and search criteria to determine if Research-Match will be useful for their recruitment plan.
Brett Kissela, MD, of neurology, serves as the contact for Research- Match at UC and says that although Ohio is among the program’s leaders, more volunteers are needed from our region to make ResearchMatch a success.
"For people interested in participating in research, it can be surprisingly hard to find a study,” says Kissela.
"ResearchMatch is an easy and safe way to find research studies in a given region or related to a medical condition of interest. It only takes a few minutes to sign up¯both for researchers or for interested subjects.
"I’m convinced that Research-Match is the wave of the future for study recruitment and I would encourage UC researchers and Cincinnati area subjects to sign up today,” he adds.
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training is the institution’s Research-Match liaison. For more information, call (513) 803-1041 or go to www.cctst.uc.edu.