Did you know that you can help others and learn more about your own health by participating in research? Health research affects every aspect of our daily lives, from the over-the-counter medications we take to the diets we follow and the health of our environment. But research needs healthy participants as well as those with medical conditions in order to move forward. All too often, studies are forced to end early because there aren't enough volunteers, which means that many important questions go unanswered and treatment options remain limited.
You can make a difference through participating in research, and you can become more active in your own health at the same time. Health research is much more than clinical trials for rare diseases, and sometimes it's as simple as a questionnaire or a screening. Health research also includes extensive protection for participants. The ethical and legal codes that govern medical care also apply to research studies, which are federally regulated with built-in safeguards to protect participants. Every study follows a carefully controlled plan that details what researchers will do in the study, and this plan is always explained in detail to participants. Participants are also free to leave a study at any time.
There are two ways for you to learn more and get involved in research: You can join ResearchMatch, which connects potential volunteers with researchers, and you can also explore current research opportunities at UK.
ResearchMatch is a national database. It is an easy-to-use, secure, research participant registry that brings together volunteers who are interested in research, and researchers who are looking for participants for their studies. Joining is free and takes just a few minutes.
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Simply register and wait to be contacted, or "matched," to studies that might interest you. You always have the choice to participate or not, and you can leave ResearchMatch at any time. You can also search for studies related to specific medical conditions on the "About" or "Volunteer" pages. Individuals under the age of 19 must be enrolled by a parent or guardian. Get involved and get matched today at ResearchMatch.org/UKy.
Current studies at the University of Kentucky: The University of Kentucky is committed to advancing health and health care for everyone in the Commonwealth and beyond. From preventing childhood obesity to developing ground-breaking treatments for Parkinson's disease, researchers are working diligently to develop new treatments and strategies that improve the health of our families and communities.
To explore opportunities to help research at the University of Kentucky, please see the Current Studies listed at UKClinicalResearch.com.
If you'd like to learn more about health research, including frequently asked questions, visit UKClinicalResearch.com. If you have questions about participating in research or current studies at UK, please contact us at UKClinicalResearch@uky.edu or (859) 257-7856 or (859) 323-8150.