Clinical Research News

ResearchMatch has successful launch

ResearchMatch, the new Web site that will link potential research volunteers with clinical trial sites, has more than 50 institutions enrolled.

The initiative is a Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) project that is funded by the National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institutes of Health. It is powered through the National Library of Medicine.

The CTSA program is led by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), and it's a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

ResearchMatch has the simple goal of bringing together people who want to find research studies and investigators who need to find people to participate in their studies, according to the Web site at researchmatch.org.

The disease-neutral, not-for-profit registry is free and secure, and one of its stated purposes is to prevent studies from ending too early because of a lack of volunteers.

As of the end of 2009, 53 institutions were part of the ResearchMatch Network, and this represented 41 of the CTSA members.

ResearchMatch asks potential volunteers to register and provide some basic information that could be used to match them to a study. Researchers use this information to find a good match for any particular study.

The new Web site serves as a complementary site to NIH's clinicaltrials.gov Web site, which lists thousands of clinical trials. Through clinicaltrials.gov, potential volunteers can seek out a particular trial that interests them, and they do not have to register to learn more about enrolling studies.

AAHRPP accreditation at 200 sites by end of 2009

AAHRPP extends period to 5 years

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) of Washington, DC, had accredited 200 research organizations by the end of 2009.

AAHRPP's board of directors also voted to lengthen the period between reaccreditations to five years instead of three years, beginning Jan. 1, 2010. However, newly accredited organizations will continue to have three years before they must be reaccredited.

Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI, and South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth, MA, were numbers 199 and 200. Other newly-accredited organizations include HealthPartners Research Foundation in Minneapolis, MN, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC, Independent Investigational Review Board Inc. of Plantation, FL, and Liberty IRB Inc. of DeLand, FL. The 200 accredited organizations represent nearly 1,000 entities, according to a news release by AAHRPP.

Research Foundation in Minneapolis, MN, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC, Independent Investigational Review Board Inc. of Plantation, FL, and Liberty IRB Inc. of DeLand, FL. The 200 accredited organizations represent nearly 1,000 entities, according to a news release by AAHRPP.

Another change that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2010, involves the annual reporting procedure, according to AAHRPP. The board voted to revise its annual reporting procedure to request more specific information changes in program scope, changes in program delivery, and catastrophic events, an AAHRPP news release says.

For more information go to the association's Web site is located at www.aahrpp.org.