July 13, 2015

ResearchMatch Kiosk Visits Winship

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Many people would consider participating in research but do not know how to find studies that are right for them. At the same time, important health-related research studies that could offer new treatments or cures are sometimes forced to end before completion because researchers cannot find enough people to participate. This wastes time and resources, and can delay new health treatments from becoming available to patients. People like you can help by volunteering and contributing towards advancing medical knowledge, practice, and treatments.

As an organization which aims to expedite the translation of healthcare discoveries to patients, Emory Healthcare is pleased to offer ResearchMatch.org, a not-for-profit website that brings together researchers and people who are willing to learn more about research studies on a secure and convenient website. Individuals who want to participate in research studies can now be matched online with researchers nationwide.

To make a difference through research, visit the ResearchMatch kiosk in front of the cafe on the first floor at Winship Cancer Institute, or visit ResearchMatch.org to register and learn more about this resource.

Volunteers of any age, race, ethnicity, or health status are invited to join ResearchMatch.org. Your free registration takes only a few minutes and by registering, you could help find treatments and cures! Research participation can be as simple as filling out a questionnaire, maintaining a diary, taking new medications, or using new devices such as pacemakers or hearing aids. By registering in ResearchMatch you are not registering to participate in any particular study; rather, you are registering your interest to be contacted about studies that may be a good 'match' for you.

ResearchMatch's security features ensure that personal information is protected until volunteers authorize the release of their contact information to a specific study that may be of interest to them. Volunteers are notified by email that they are a possible match and then make the decision regarding the release of their contact information. Remember, the choice to participate is always yours. You can pick the studies you respond to or remove your name from ResearchMatch.org at any time. Learn more by visiting the ResearchMatch Kiosk or ResearchMatch.org.

ResearchMatch is the product of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Consortium, which is led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The CTSA is a national network of 61 medical research institutions and their affiliates, including Emory's Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute, working together to improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the country.

Groundbreaking scientific advances have been made at Emory because of volunteer participation in clinical trials and research. Emory Healthcare is proud to sponsor over 1,000 clinical trials. As the leading academic medical center in the state of Georgia, our involvement in clinical trials sets us apart from other healthcare organizations, as we provide patients with cutting-edge care that is often not available elsewhere. To learn more, visit www.emoryhealthcare.org/clinical-trials. To learn more about clinical trials offered at Winship Cancer Institute primarily, visit https://winshipcancer.emory.edu/clinical-trials/index.html.

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