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Research study participants discuss their experiences as a study volunteer, why they participate in research, and what you can do to help make a difference in the future of healthcare.

(Don’t) Let it go, update your ResearchMatch profile

Things have been quite busy for me since my last post. I graduated from The Ohio State University, started a new career, and have been busy getting my post-college life situated. Once the dust settled a little, I had a moment to think about the past couple of years and how they led me to […]

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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 is.” But it’s not enough.

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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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Common myths, part 3

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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Research, a family endeavor

My mom often talks with me about her job. As you might guess, having a clinical research nurse manager for a mother has provided several opportunities for her to explain how research is essential for advancing the science and medicine that can lead to new and better treatments and health care for patients. When she […]

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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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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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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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