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Research volunteers change the future of health care…one discovery at a time. Volunteers of all ages, both healthy and those with specific medical conditions, are essential to the progress of research and better health care. | FAQ Videos

Easy ways to find active research studies:

ResearchMatch - Become a research volunteer. ResearchMatch is a secure, easy to use, volunteer registry funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Researchers can invite volunteers to participate in their study that may be a good fit; however, names and contact information are not released until a volunteer indicates they would like to know more about the study and agrees to release their information to the researcher.

Join ResearchMatch today. Children under 19 must be enrolled by a parent or guardian.

StudySearch - Find a research study. StudySearch is a search tool that lists research studies and clinical trials at The Ohio State University that are actively seeking participants.
614-293-HERO (4376) – Call or send an email to HeroHelpLine@osu.edu with your questions. The HERO Line is a service dedicated to assisting the general public with their search for a research study.
Study Notes blog - Learn what it's like to participate. Study Notes is a blog written by scientists, research study coordinators, and experienced research study volunteers that is designed to provide a look inside what it’s like to participate in a clinical research study.

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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