UMB Campus Shared Resources
Clinical and Translational Research can not occur without Volunteers. Connecting volunteers with researchers is often the most limiting factor for moving research discoveries to the community. The UMB ICTR is working to expand opportunities for researchers to connect to the communities in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Mid-Atlantic region. To add to our current partnerships, UMB ICTR is in the process of making UMB a ResearchMatch Instititution.
Currently, over 7,000 volunteers, within a 50-mile radius of UMB, are registered in ResearchMatch. As a ResearchMatch Institution, UMB researchers will also have the opportunity to conduct feasibility searches of the ResearchMatch database prior to listing it as a recruitment strategy in their IRB application. For more information, view the ResearchMatch PowerPoint and visit ResearchMatch.org
Other UMB Campus Shared Resources
PATient-centered Involvement in Evaluating the effectiveNess of TreatmentS (PATIENTS) Resources and Expertise. The University of Maryland is one of seven health services research institutions funded through a five-year infrastructure development grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop capacity for patient-centered outcomes research - University of Maryland (PATIENTS) [Grant Number: R24 HS22135]. The PATIENTS Program partners with patients and care providers to answer questions about the best treatment options to improve health and quality of life. People from all communities, especially those from underserved and minority populations, are engaged in every step of the patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) process. Through collective efforts, an effective learning health care community is created. Research priorities are aligned with the values of patients and communities to make research more relevant and patient-centered. The PATIENTS Program trains patients, stakeholders, and researchers to become co-developers of PCOR. With support from the ICTR Community and Collaboration Core, the PATIENTS Program can provide the researcher assistance with:
- Creating a focus group and interpreting focus group results,
- Developing participant instruction videos,
- Assembling an advisory board, or
- Connecting you with a Citizen Scientist. A Citizen Scientist is a community member who has received training on how to review research proposals and offer input on the relevance and feasibility in the proposed population.
UMB Community Volunteers Registration through Research HARBOR - Through the Community Volunteer Registration Form, community members interested in study participation can voluntarily become part of a participant registry for clinical studies. When research studies at the University begin, volunteers who have filled out an entry through the registration form may be contacted if they qualify for a particular study.