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U of M’s new ResearchMatch effort lets patients define their interest in, connect with clinical trials

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The University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is partnering with ResearchMatch, a free and secure national research registry, to connect University of Minnesota researchers with volunteers who have expressed interesting in participating in research studies.

ResearchMatch is a nationwide, disease-neutral effort that puts potential research participants more in control around the types of clinical trials they would like to know more about, potentially “matching” them to related clinical trials.

“Registering with ResearchMatch is an easy way for individuals to make a difference through research that is happening here at the University of Minnesota and other academic institutions across the country,” said Bruce Blazar, M.D., a blood and marrow transplant expert and director of the University’s CTSI.

Research is critical for medical and scientific advancement, but clinical trials need certain numbers of volunteers in order to find an answer to the problem they’re trying to solve. Unfortunately, many of these studies end before an answer is found simply due to low participant enrollment.

ResearchMatch can help “match” volunteers with any type of research study. With more than 1,200 researchers and 285 active studies, ResearchMatch is looking to grow its database of more than 25,000 volunteers. Many studies are looking for healthy people of all ages, while some are looking for people with specific health conditions.

Signing up to participate in ResearchMatch is convenient, free and secure. Learn more about participating in research studies and register for ResearchMatch at www.researchmatch.org. Potential volunteers can also stop by the University of Minnesota health booth during the Minnesota State Fair August 28, 29 and 31, 2012.

You can read the full news release here.

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