How scientists can take advantage of ResearchMatch

ResearchMatch was designed to be a tool for investigators. UT Southwestern investigators may connect online with potential research study volunteers not only in North Texas but also across the nation. The program can match any type of Institutional Review Board-approved study with ResearchMatch registered volunteers.

Pamela Kurian, research study coordinator for the Department of Ophthalmology, used the registry and was pleased with the results.

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“ResearchMatch is a resourceful tool that encompasses easy access to eager volunteers, site liaisons who are quick and exceptionally helpful, and an organized, user-friendly recruitment website,” Ms. Kurian said. “The ease of recruiting volunteers through ResearchMatch allows researchers to shorten their enrollment period. This site should be viewed as a standard tool to bridge researchers and volunteers.”

After registering online and being granted recruitment access, UT Southwestern researchers can search for appropriate matches among the nonidentifiable volunteer profiles in the system. They can use inclusion and exclusion criteria in the ResearchMatch Search Builder to yield a targeted list of potential matches.

ResearchMatch will route the recruitment e-mail to volunteers based on the criteria provided.  Each potential match has the option of replying “yes,” “no” or “not respond” by clicking on links in the e-mail notification. 

Researchers are only able to contact prospective volunteers after they have authorized ResearchMatch to release their contact information. Specialized home pages created for the researcher will show aggregate figures and charts for response rate to the researcher’s recruitment messages.

ResearchMatch is a not-for-profit effort and is free to researchers. Learn more at the Web portal for investigators (www.researchmatch.org/researchers) or by e-mailing Dr. Blair Holbein, UT Southwestern liaison for ResearchMatch.

— Dr. Blair Holbein

 / October-November 2010

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