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Donating is nice, but it’s not enough

In 25 days, three hours and eight minutes, I will be at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, donation in hand and ready to “put my money where my mouth ...

Sham study a blight on autism research

My Google homepage displays rotating quotations from well-known public figures. Last week, I read that famed American astronomer Carl Sagan once said: “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

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ResearchMatch makes volunteering easy

I’m a believer in participating in clinical research, and I have been for some time. My first study was in optometry at Ohio State, years ago.

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Common myths, part 3

There are a lot of myths out there about participating in clinical ...
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Research, a family endeavor

My mom often talks with me about her job. As you might ...
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Clinically Speaking

Learn more about participating in clinical research from the researchers themselves. Our ...

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It’s a wrap

Quick recap: I enrolled in a 12-week study to test whether sesame oil could reduce risks for cardiovascular problems. I got off to a rocky start at my first visit because I was dehydrated and I couldn’t produce enough blood for the samples needed. So I restarted a few days later, but I had earned a […]

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Studies vital to patient survival

I met one of the most memorable patients of my medical career in 1981 when I was an intern at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Her name was Wanda, a beautiful, skinny 7-year old with an aggressive form of acute leukemia that required frequent admissions to the hospital.

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Clinical research, scientists can’t do it alone

Clinical research requires multiple processes and personnel to be successful. There is the value and validity of the scientific approach and methods, as well as independent review, informed consent and monitoring the welfare of those enrolled. Yet, perhaps the most important steps are fair subject selection and adequate enrollment. Huh? Oh right, this isn’t a […]

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Common myths, part 2

There are a lot of myths out there about participating in clinical research studies. Blair has made it her mission to dispel some of the most common ones in a three part series.

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Helping communities through research

Researchers give significant thought to the concerns of the people they are trying to recruit to participate in their studies. These are people with busy lives – jobs, families, hobbies, other volunteer opportunities, possibly health concerns. So there are many things that compete with a participant’s time, and the scientists who develop their studies take […]

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Common myths, part 1

There are a lot of myths out there about participating in clinical research studies. Blair has made it her mission to dispel some of the most common ones in a three part series.

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Making research safe

The 2010 publication of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot has rekindled interest among the general public about various issues surrounding the conduct of clinical research.

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Too busy? Try a survey.

Since signing up for ResearchMatch, I have received many emails about participating in research studies. Some have requested I participate in person, and others have just wanted to ask me some questions online.

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Study midpoint

This study, testing whether sesame oil can improve cardiovascular health, is 12 weeks long. My visits were scheduled every three weeks. But the first was just a quick drop-in to pick up a new supply of oil.

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Craving better health

The first time I participated in a research study was back in 1985. Prior to that, it had never crossed my mind that research participation would be important. I was young, healthy, and frankly … naïve.

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