How It Works

How It Works

At Columbia University Medical Center, we are committed to the goal of helping our patients live healthier lives. In clinical research, researchers and volunteers partner to achieve that goal.

Take a look at our F.A.Q. below for answers to our most frequently asked questions.

  1.  What is RecruitMe and how do I use it?
  2.  Who will my information be given to?
  3.  Do I have to join the registry to participate or get more info about a study?
  4.  I’ve requested to be contacted and have not heard back from anyone yet, what should I do?
  5.  How will I be notified of studies?
  6.  What is clinical research?
  7.  I no longer want to be a part of the registry.
  8.  Who conducts research?
  9.  How long do these studies last for?
  10.  How do I participate in a study?

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Do I have to join the registry to participate or get more info about a study?

You do not need to join our registry in order to get more information on a study. The registry does however, allow you to be notified when a study of possible interest to you enters our database.

4. I’ve requested to be contacted and have not heard back from anyone yet. What should I do?

Due to workload demands in clinical research, it can some times be difficult for researchers to respond immediately to participation inquiries. Please give the research team some time to get in touch with you.

5. How will I be notified of studies?

When you join the RecruitMe registry, you will automatically be notified of the latest studies by either email or text message.

6. 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.

7. I no longer want to be a part of the registry.

If you would like to remove yourself from our registry, simply login and under “edit profile” select “remove from registry”

8. 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).

9. How long do these studies last for?

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.

10. 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.