Research Participants

Join a national clinical trial registry
Why participate in clinical research?
What you should know first

ResearchMatch: An Online Platform for Research Volunteers

The UIC CCTS is fortunate to be one of 111 institutions offering ResearchMatch as a tool for our patients and community members to find clinical trials in their area.

ResearchMatch has a simple goal – to bring together two groups of people who are looking for one another: (1) people who are trying to find research studies, and (2) researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies.  It is a free and secure registry that has been developed by major academic institutions across the country who want to involve you in the mission of helping today’s studies make a real difference for everyone’s health in the future.

Anyone may register to be a potential research volunteer through UIC’s secure website portal. Potential volunteers can also learn more on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Here's how it works:

  1. Fill out a few basic questions about yourself or the person you wish to register.
  2. Create your unique username and password that only you will know. 
  3. If you wish, you tell us a bit more about your health background (your responses are optional). 
  4. Submit your profile to ResearchMatch and wait to be contacted by researchers who think you'll be a good match for their study.


Why Should I Participate in Clinical Research?

Clinical trials are part of clinical research and at the heart of all medical advances. Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease.

Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.

People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff. Clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future. (Courtesy of the NIH,

What You Should Know Before Participating in a Clinical Trial

The National Institutes of Health provide a detailed breakdown of what clinical research is, how trials are developed, the rules and regulations involved, and what protections you have as a participant to minimize your risk and maximize benefits.

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