STUDY PARTICIPATION AND RECRUITMENT

The Wright Center bridges the gap between basic science and improving the health of our community. We serve as the bridge between academics and clinical care, aiming to bolster VCU and VCU Health research by implementing programs and creating tools that allow research teams to meet recruitment goals with ease and efficiency. Our goal is to connect with campus and community stakeholders to assure programs meet the needs of our diverse research enterprise.

The i2b2 (Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside) system is used by the Wright Center to discern if patient populations meeting certain inclusion and/or exclusion criteria exist. The information contained in i2b2 is de-identified, so barriers to entry are lower and investigational queries may be executed prior to requesting identifiable information, should it be required. Queries can be saved for future use or be shared with collaborators. Patient sets can be extracted from these saved queries with proper IRB approval. The tool allows users to ask research questions and get a preliminary count result. Users can select search terms from familiar taxonomies, like demographics, diagnoses, medications, procedures and laboratories.

Medical discoveries are not possible without volunteers. With the help of volunteers, we test new drugs and devices so we can better prevent, diagnose and treat disease. Health research changes people’s lives every day, but many studies end early because there are not enough volunteers. ResearchMatch helps by matching you with research studies. Researchers need both healthy people and people with all types of conditions. ResearchMatch helps match interested volunteers with clinical trials.

TriNetX is a platform that allows VCU clinical researchers to match clinical trial design with the patient population. Wright Center researchers partner with the global, federated health research network to proactively enhance study feasibility, study design and reach those participants who may qualify for a particular study. Read more about the collaboration here.

Come be a part of discovering tomorrow's treatments today! Clinical trials have been the link in discovering safer or more effective methods to screen for, prevent, diagnose or treat disease. Check out our VCU Clinical Trials Facebook page for more studies that are currently enrolling participants.

Clinical trial recruitment remains one of the biggest obstacles faced by researchers today. The inability of researchers to recruit enough viable participants results in failed clinical trials that do not produce measurable results, thus Virginia Commonwealth University was inspired to create a simpler, more user-friendly platform for potential research participants to find and enroll in clinical trials. VCU's StudyFinder is a central point for all enrolling clinical trials at VCU. Interested volunteers can easily navigate the interactive site to identify studies that are recruiting participants.

For more on how clinical trials at VCU Health benefit the community, watch this video.

Cite & Submit: UL1TR002649

Publications supported by the Wright Center must cite the CTSA Grant number (UL1TR002649) and comply with the NIH Public Access Policy. We rely on these citations as a critical performance measure when reporting annual productivity to the NIH.

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