CTRI Honored for Attracting ResearchMatch Volunteers

CTRI Community Engagement manager Rodney von Jaeger (left) and Community Engagement director Howard Taras, MD, are the recipients of the MatchMaestro award from ResearchMatch.

CTRI Community Engagement manager Rodney von Jaeger (left) and Community Engagement director Howard Taras, MD, are the recipients of the MatchMaestro award from ResearchMatch.

June 23, 2014 – UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) has received the MatchMaestro award in recognition of its innovative recruitment techniques and success in enrolling participants in ResearchMatch. ResearchMatch is an NIH-sponsored, online registry designed to match researchers and study volunteers.

"We're delighted to receive this. We have been working hard with the San Diego Blood Bank and other community partners, along with UC San Diego researchers, to get the word out about ResearchMatch," said Rodney von Jaeger, CTRI Community Engagement manager. He joins Howard Taras, MD, Community Engagement director, in receiving the award.

Rodney von Jaeger gives Match Maestro a tour of UCSD

Rodney von Jaeger gives MatchMaestro a tour of UCSD.

During the past two and a half years, CTRI has enrolled 1,300 volunteers in ResearchMatch – an increase of more than 800 percent since it began participating in the program. The Community Engagement team attributes its success to using social media, creating youtube videos such as its "Safe Pregnancy" series, and enhancing community outreach activities. For example, this year it added iPads at the main San Diego Blood Bank location so that blood donors could register with ResearchMatch.

The MatchMaestro award is presented quarterly to partner institutions of the Clinical and Translational Science Award national consortium.

Congratulations, Howard and Rodney!