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Volunteers of all ages are a very important part of the research studies that lead to better health care. | Frequently Asked Questions videos

Easy ways to find active research studies:

ResearchMatch - Become a research volunteer. ResearchMatch is a safe and easy to use list of volunteers.

Research teams send emails to invite you to join their research studies, but your name and contact information is not shared. If you want to know more about a study, then you can choose to send your contact information to the research team.

Join ResearchMatch today. A parent or guardian must enroll children under 18.

StudySearch - Find a research study. StudySearch is a list of research studies that are looking for volunteers at The Ohio State University.
614-293-HERO (4376) – Call or send an email to HeroHelpLine@osu.edu with your questions. The Hero Line team helps you find research studies that are looking for volunteers.

Research Participation FAQs

Why participate in research studies?
Learn more about why it is so important for people to volunteer for clinical research studies.
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How does research participation help save lives?
Learn how volunteering for clinical research studies can save lives and lead to better health care.
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Why should I enroll my child in a research study?
Health care and medical treatments that work for adults are not always as effective in children, and can sometimes vary quite a bit.
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How does ResearchMatch work?
Learn how to register for ResearchMatch and how it works for those interested in volunteering for research studies.
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Who can participate in research?
Learn more about how there are research studies available for just about everyone, including healthy volunteers.
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How is research made safe?
Learn more about how Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are making sure studies are safe for participants.
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What is a control group?
Research often compares current health treatments to new ones, hoping to find better options. Control groups help determine when a better option has been found.
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Are there research studies available for animals/pets?
Veterinary clinical trials represent a unique opportunity to contribute to advancing care for not only animals, but humans as well.
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