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ResearchMatch at outpatient center

Clinical nurse manager Karen Packard christens the kiosk on its first day in the waiting room.
Photo by Rebekah Wright, SCTR

By Cindy Abole

Public Relations

Visitors to the SCTR Research Nexus outpatient center in the Clinical Sciences Building may now sign up to receive notifications of research study opportunities matching their health information at a secure kiosk in the waiting area.

ResearchMatch, developed by Vanderbilt University and partially funded by the National Institutes of Health's NCATS, 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 registry that has been implemented by major academic institutions across the country. Anyone can join. Many studies are looking for healthy people of all ages, while some are looking for people with specific health conditions.

MUSC researchers and their study teams are encouraged to direct patients interested in research to the resource. ResearchMatch can be a useful alternative when volunteers meeting study exclusion criteria still want to participate in research, but don't want to have to manually search for opportunities.

October 18, 2013

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