The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is one of 51 participants in the first national, disease-neutral, volunteer recruitment registry, ResearchMatch.org. Central Ohioans wishing to participate in research studies can now connect via the not-for-profit Web site with researchers from across the country.
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. The CTSA is a national network of medical research institutions working together to improve the way biomedical research is conducted.
The CCTS was created by the Ohio State University Board of Trustees in 2006. Through a collaborative partnership between Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Center was established in 2008 with a $34 million NIH CTSA Award. The goal of the CCTS is to speed the translation of new scientific discoveries to enhance patient outcomes.
“We are excited to participate in the ResearchMatch initiative,” says Dr. Rebecca Jackson, professor of internal medicine, associate dean for clinical research and principal investigator for Ohio State’s CCTS. “ResearchMatch creates a free network to easily, conveniently and securely connect interested volunteers with researchers locally, regionally and nationally.”
ResearchMatch will ‘match’ any interested individual residing in the United States with researchers who are approved to recruit potential 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.
“Study volunteers make a profound gift to science by working collaboratively with researchers to improve public health, and many of us have been helped by the results of a research study,” adds Rose Hallarn, clinical trial recruitment program director at Ohio State’s CCTS and institutional liaison for ResearchMatch. “Through our participation, we are connecting potential study volunteers with researchers to make a difference in the future of medicine.”