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THE NIH IS TRYING TO FACILITATE PARTICIPATION IN CLINICAL TRIALS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Don’t be surprised if someday soon, your healthcare provider asks you if you’d like to register as a potential subject for clinical trials.  You don’t have to be sick to be a subject; plenty of normal volunteers are needed, too.  The service is funded by the federal government, explains Richard Hsu, a program coordinator and institutional liaison at Johns Hopkins for ResearchMatch.

HSU: Research Match is an NIH tool, it’s non commercial and it’s completely free to use.  It basically matches researchers and volunteers together in their central website which is ResearchMatch.org.    :10

The program got a local start.

HSU: Vanderbilt University has had this locally for a while and then the NIH saw this and said, hey, this might actually be useful on a national level, which is why they decided to go through with this.   :10

Hsu emphasizes that people who register are not obligated to participate, but all will receive excellent medical care and many studies also remunerate subjects.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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