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ResearchMatch- For Volunteers

Online Volunteer Registration Process

Thank you for your willingness to volunteer for research on researchmatch.org. It takes between 5-10 minutes to register and anyone residing in the United States can join. In order to better understand the online registration process, we have listed the online questions below. You will first answer some basic information about who you are and then have the option to enter information about your health. Remember, the more information you include the better match you are to researchers.

There is no cost to register as a ResearchMatch Volunteer and all ages and backgrounds are welcome to register. A parent, legal guardian, or caretaker may register someone under the age of 18 or an adult that may not be able to enter in their own information.

When you become a ResearchMatch Volunteer, you join a pool of thousands of other people across the country that are willing to hear about research studies that might be a good fit for them.

The below list of questions are for reference purposes only. To actually register, visit researchmatch.org.

1. Tell us who you are.
  • First Name, Last Name
  • Street Address, City, State, Zip Code
  • Phone, Email Address, Email Address Confirm

To protect your ResearchMatch information, create a username and password that only you know.

  • Your Username
  • Password
  • Select two security questions and type an answer that you will easily remember and be able to provide if you forget your password.
2. Tell us about yourself.
  • Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
  • Height (ft/in), Weight (lbs)
  • Gender
  • Race, Ethnicity
  • Tobacco use
  • Are you a twin or triplet?
  • Veteran Status
3. Your Health Conditions.
  • Please add any health conditions that you would like to include in your ResearchMatch profile.
4. Your Medications.
  • Please add any medications or over-the-counter drugs that you are currently taking that you would like to have as a part of your ResearchMatch profile.
5. Additional Information.
  • In general, how far would you be willing to travel for these types of studies?
  • Would you like to be contacted about studies related to being a parent?
  • Additional information you’d like to share
  • How did you learn about ResearchMatch?
  • When you get emails from ResearchMatch about research studies, what languages would you like those emails to be in?
What Will Happen When You Join?

After you register, your anonymous (unidentified) ResearchMatch Volunteer profile will become part of a national registry pool. Approved ResearchMatch researchers search the registry by entering in IRB (Institutional Review Board) approved specific study criteria (age, gender, condition of interest, etc.) to find possible matches for their studies. ResearchMatch then sends an email about a researcher’s study to the ResearchMatch Volunteers who appear to be a good fit for their study. While the researcher knows that you may be a good match for their study, they do not know who you are until you allow them to see your contact information. If the study is something that the volunteer wishes to learn more about, the Volunteer (you) allow ResearchMatch to release your contact information to the researcher so you can be directly contact by the researcher about the study. The Volunteer can choose to be part of the study or be removed from a study at any time. The choice is always up to the Volunteer! And that is how the wonderful ResearchMatch “match” is made.

For a list of the most common ResearchMatch Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the ResearchMatch FAQs webpage.

If you need further assistance, please contact the TN-CTSI staff at tnctsi@uthsc.edu or call 901.448.2874.

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