Matchmaking patients with studies

Robot matchmaker

People who want to participate in studies of treatments for heart disease, cancer, stroke, and depression can now connect online with researchers nationwide by joining

The new website, sponsored by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the NIH, brings together researchers and people who would like to learn more about available clinical research studies.

Emory University is one of 51 institutions participating in this first national, secure, volunteer recruitment registry. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for those who are interested in participating in clinical research—young or old, healthy or sick,” says Arlene Chapman, Emory professor of medicine and co-principal investigator of the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI). “By participating in, those with a rare disease or condition can find out more about available clinical research studies being conducted throughout the United States.” 

ResearchMatch will connect any interested U.S resident with researchers who are approved to recruit potential research volunteers through the system. When an individual registers at the ResearchMatch website, personal information is protected until the volunteer authorizes the release of his or her contact information to a specific study of interest. Volunteers are notified electronically that they are a possible match and then can decide whether to provide their contact information to a researcher.  

ResearchMatch is the product of the NCRR’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards Consortium (CTSA). The group is a national network of 46 medical research institutions working together to improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the country. Emory leads the ACTSI, a CTSA partnership including Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

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