Learn about National Research

Over the last decade, Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) has been fortunate to have a local, robust, web-based clinical trial recruitment tool - the Research Participant Registry (RPR), powered by Volunteer for Health. A complementary tool to the RPR, ResearchMatch.org, will help people within the St. Louis region who want to participate in research studies beyond those at the WUSM. ResearchMatch is a not-for-profit website that, in a secure and convenient manner, brings together researchers and people who want to learn more about research studies. This initiative is a collaborative effort of academic medical centers that are members of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Consortium that includes Washington University’s Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS).

Please note, ResearchMatch will not replace Washington University’s local RPR, but simply provides an additional tool for researchers to enhance their recruitment efforts and for local participants to safely and securely consider other national research opportunities. Registration with ResearchMatch does not replace your profile in the RPR.

How does ResearchMatch work?

ResearchMatch will ‘match’ any interested individual residing in the United States with researchers who are approved to recruit potential research volunteers through the system.  After an individual has self-registered to become a volunteer (which takes 5 - 10 minutes), 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 simply notified electronically that they are a possible match and then can make the decision regarding the release of their contact information.

For additional information, contact PeChaz Clark in the ICTS Regulatory Support Center's Recruitment Enhancement Core at clarkp@wusm.wustl.edu or 314.747.3759.