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Frequently Asked Questions


What is ResearchMatch?


Who approves research at Baystate Medical Center?


How can I access ResearchMatch?


What is the main goal of ResearchMatch?


Why might ResearchMatch appeal to the public?


Who funded the development of ResearchMatch?


How does ResearchMatch protect personal information?


What does it cost to join ResearchMatch?


Who can join as a ResearchMatch Volunteer?


What if I do not have a health condition – can I still join?


What if a Volunteer changes their mind about getting involved?


Is ResearchMatch only for clinical trials?


What if I wish to volunteer but do not see any institutions in my area?


How can an institution participate?


Who is involved?


What if I have additional questions?


What is ResearchMatch?

  • ResearchMatch is a not-for-profit effort that brings together researchers and people who are willing to learn more about research studies in a secure and convenient manner.
  • A Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Consortium activity to develop the first not-for-profit national, disease-neutral, centralized web-based volunteer recruitment registry that will connect individuals who wish to participate in research with eligible researchers nationwide.

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Who approves research at Baystate Medical Center?

No research involving the use of human subjects may be undertaken without first being reviewed and approved by the Baystate Medical Center's Human Research Protection Program.

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How can I access ResearchMatch?

Visit www.researchmatch.org

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What is the main goal of ResearchMatch?

ResearchMatch has a simple goal – to bring together two groups of people who are looking for one another: (1) people who are trying to find research studies, and (2) researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies.  It is a free and secure registry that has been developed by major academic institutions across the country who want to involve you in the mission of helping today’s studies make a real difference for everyone’s health in the future.

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Why might ResearchMatch appeal to the public?

  • The public is significantly interested in finding clinical research studies and regularly uses the internet to search for research opportunities

    • ClinicalTrials.gov reports over 40 million page views per month (50,000 visitors daily
    • The public is not always aware of their options for participating in research
    • Nearly 1 in 5 (18%) internet users overall have searched online for experimental treatments or medicines, with a new diagnosis (especially a serious condition) further motivating such actions
  • Employs popular and thus familiar ‘matching’ model (e.g. VolunteerMatch.org)
  • Convenient and easy - relieves burden of responsibility for searching for the right study from the volunteer
  • Promotes volunteer choice – no obligations to participate in studies
  • It is available for anyone & everyone (disease-neutral site – healthy volunteers are welcome
  • Communicates to taxpayers & legislators a feature of the CTSA that has potential to benefit public health
  • Patient recruitment continues to be a major barrier to the completion of research studies nationwide

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Who funded the development of ResearchMatch?

The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) – a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA).

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How does ResearchMatch protect personal information?

ResearchMatch is a secure, central database that will store your information if you wish to be matched with research studies, now or in the future.  All ResearchMatch data that is sent between the web server and browsers will be coded (encrypted) using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protection. Another protection is that ResearchMatch will not release a Volunteer’s personal contact information until they have give permission for that release.  Also, the ResearchMatch tool is overseen by an Institutional Review Board (IRB).  Please see the ResearchMatch Privacy Statement for more information. 

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What does it cost to join ResearchMatch?

ResearchMatch is a not-for-profit activity and is free to join.

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Who can join as a ResearchMatch Volunteer?

Currently, anyone from the United States can join ResearchMatch.  All ages and backgrounds are welcome to consider joining as a ResearchMatch Volunteer.  A parent, legal guardian or caretaker may register someone under the age of 19 or an adult that may not be able to enter in their own information.

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What if I do not have a health condition – can I still join?

Healthy volunteers are absolutely vital to research and everyone who may be interested is encouraged to join.

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What if a Volunteer changes their mind about getting involved?

A ResearchMatch Volunteer may easily update or change their status in ResearchMatch at any time.  Any Volunteer may remove their profile from the registry at any time.

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Is ResearchMatch only for clinical trials?

No, ResearchMatch is available to help match any type of IRB-approved study with ResearchMatch Volunteers.

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What if I wish to volunteer but do not see any institutions in my area?

ResearchMatch can help match individuals with any type of approved study.  Some studies may not require travel so you can still support the cause of research by joining even if traveling is not currently an option.  Also, ResearchMatch will be working with the NIH to show areas that may have a number of Volunteers but not enough researchers in their area.  This may help direct where research can take place in the future!  The Volunteers help inform ResearchMatch where research could be taking place.  Also, ResearchMatch will be starting to collaborate with non-CTSA institutions in the future so while there may not be a participating site within driving distance from your home, this may change.

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How can an institution participate?

Currently, invitations to voluntarily participate in ResearchMatch are limited to only those sites that have been awarded and are affiliated with the 46-member Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Consortium.  Within the CTSA Consortium 39 sites out of 46 are currently participating.  These sites have had at least one institution within their CTSA sign the formal ResearchMatch agreement that outlines rules and regulations to protect the integrity of this resource for both researchers and the volunteers.

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Who is involved?

The following 39 CTSA sites have had at least 1 institution within their CTSA sign the official ResearchMatch agreement.

 

*Participating CTSA Sites

#

CTSA Center Name/Unit

1

Arkansas Center for Clinical and Translational Research

2

Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Atlanta-CTSI)

3

Clinical and Translational Science (BU-BRIDGE) Institute

4

Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

5

CTSA at Case Western University

6

CTSA at Weill Cornell Medical College

7

Einstein-Montefiore Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

8

Harvard Catalyst: The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center

9

Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

10

Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS)

11

Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

12

Mayo Center for Translational Science Activities

13

Michigan Institute of Clinical and Health Research

14

Mount Sinai Institutes for Clinical and Translational Sciences

15

North and Central Texas Clinical and Translational Science Initiative

16

North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (TraCS) Institute

17

NYU-HHC Clinical and Translational Science Institute

18

Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute

19

Scripps Translational Science Institute

20

South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute

21

Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research

22

The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science

23

The Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science

24

Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute

25

UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science

26

UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center

27

University of Cincinnati Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training

28

University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute

29

University of Iowa's Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

30

University of Pennsylvania Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics

31

University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

32

University of Texas Houston Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences

33

University of Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science

34

University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences

35

University Of Wisconsin - Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

36

UTMB Institute for Translational Sciences

37

Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

38

Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences

39

Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

 

CTSA + Individual Institutional Sites

There are 51 institutions from 39 separate CTSA sites that are officially part of the ResearchMatch.org Network. 

Institution

CTSA Center Name/Unit

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Arkansas Center for Clinical & Translational Research
Emory University Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Atlanta-CTSI)
Boston University Clinical and Translational Science (BU-BRIDGE) Institute
University of Colorado Denver Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Case Western Reserve University CTSA at Case Western University
The Metro Health System CTSA at Case Western University
University Hospitals of Cleveland CTSA at Case Western University
Weill Cornell Medical College CTSA at Weill Cornell Medical College
CUNY Hunter College CTSA at Weill Cornell Medical College
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Einstein-Montefiore Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Montefiore Medical Center Einstein-Montefiore Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
The Forsyth Institute Harvard Catalyst: The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center
Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary Harvard Catalyst: The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center
Purdue University Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Indiana University Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
University of Notre Dame Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS)
Johns Hopkins University Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Mayo Clinic Mayo Center for Translational Science Activities
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor Michigan Institute of Clinical and Health Research
Mount Sinai School of Medicine Mount Sinai Institutes for Clinical and Translational Sciences
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas North and Central Texas Clinical and Translational Science Initiative
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (TraCS) Institute
Northwestern University Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
New York University School of Medicine NYU-HHC Clinical and Translational Science Institute
New York University NYU-HHC Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Oregon Health & Science University Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute
Scripps Health Scripps Translational Science Institute
Medical University of South Carolina South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute
Stanford University Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research
The Ohio State University The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Nationwide Children's Hospital The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science
The Rockefeller University The Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Tufts Medical Center Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Baystate Medical Center Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute
The University of Alabama at Birmingham UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science
University of California, Davis UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center
University of Cincinnati University of Cincinnati Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) University of Cincinnati Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training
University of Florida University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute
University of Iowa University of Iowa's Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
University of Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics
University of Rochester University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston University of Texas Houston Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences
University of Utah University of Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science
University of Washington University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences
University of Wisconsin - Madison University Of Wisconsin - Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
University of Texas Medical Branch UTMB Institute for Translational Sciences
Vanderbilt University Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Meharry Medical College Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Washington University in St. Louis Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences
Yale University Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

 

Please visit the ResearchMatch Network page to view a full listing of participating sites and their affiliated CTSA organization.

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What if I have additional questions?

Please contact the Program Manager of ResearchMatch at info@researchmatch.org or by phone at 615.343.3715, or contact the Baystate Human Research Protection Program at 413.794.4356.

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