How RecruitMe Works
At Columbia University, we are committed to the goal of helping our patients live healthier lives. In clinical research, researchers and volunteers partner to achieve that goal. Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions:
What is RecruitMe and how do I use it?
RecruitMe is a recruitment tool meant to connect those who want to participate in clinical trials or research studies to the researchers that are conducting them. To begin using RecruitMe all you have to do is search for a medical condition or research field that interests you and then answer a few eligibility questions and the researcher will get right back to you.
Who will my information be given to?
If you request to be contacted by a research study team, your information will only be shared with the staff members of the study that you expressed interest in. We do not share your information with pharmaceutical companies or any other third party.
Do I have to join the registry to participate?
You do not need to join our registry in order to participate or get more information on a study. The registry does, however, allow you to be notified by email when a study of possible interest to you enters our database.
I asked to be contacted but have not heard back.
Due to workload demands in clinical research, it can sometimes be difficult for researchers to respond immediately to participation inquiries. Please give the research team some time to get in touch with you.
How will I be notified of studies?
When you join the RecruitMe registry, you will automatically be notified of the latest studies by email.
What is Clinical Research?
Clinical research is designed to answer a specific question about the safety or effectiveness of a drug, a device, or other interventions. These studies provide opportunities for people to volunteer for cutting-edge treatments, which allow researchers to examine the benefits and risks of using them. Some research studies are designed to observe and measure outcomes without having researchers affect the routine medical care of the volunteer.
Why are clinical trials important?
People choose to participate in clinical trials for many different reasons. Some people seek clinical trials when other treatment options have not been successful. Successful clinical trials may improve the length and quality of life for study participants, and patients in successful clinical trials are the first to benefit from these cutting-edge treatments. Clinical trials also provide an opportunity to take positive action by contributing to the understanding of a disease or condition and by furthering treatment options available to others.
I no longer want to be in the registry.
If you would like to unsubscribe from study emails but keep your account in the registry, simply login, click “Join RecruitMe” and uncheck the “Receive study updates by email” box, then click Submit. If you would like to unsubscribe from emails and delete your RecruitMe account, login to RecruitMe, click Join RecruitMe, click Delete My RecruitMe account at the bottom of the form, then click Submit.
Who conducts research?
Research is conducted by qualified professionals such as doctors, nurses, and other health experts. The lead researcher overseeing the study is called the principal investigator. Often, a principal investigator will have a research team that includes other doctors, nurses and other trained professionals. Clinical trials or observational studies can be sponsored or funded by various pharmaceutical companies, academic centers, research foundations, and other organizations, in addition to Federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
How long do these studies last?
The length of a clinical trial or a research study will vary depending on the study. When volunteering for a trial, you will be told the duration before you participate.
How do I participate in a study?
Clinical trials and research studies have specific eligibility criteria that participants will be checked for by the research team at the beginning of a trial or study. These criteria will vary depending on the trial or study. If you or someone you know are interested in a particular trial or study, please contact the research team or register for a listing of studies.