CTRI Community Engagement Team Receives ResearchMatch Award

August 3, 2015

CTRI Community Engagement team members Kathleen Kennedy (left) and Rodney von Jaeger received a ResearchMatch award for enhancing efforts to get study results to volunteers

CTRI Community Engagement team members Kathleen Kennedy (left) and Rodney von Jaeger received a ResearchMatch award for enhancing efforts to get study results to volunteers.

CTRI's Rodney von Jaeger and Kathleen Kennedy have been recognized by ResearchMatch for their role in supporting the organization's Publications web page, which was created to better inform study participants about the impact of their efforts. ResearchMatch is an NIH-sponsored, online registry designed to match researchers and study volunteers.

"ResearchMatch leaders believe that the dissemination of study results is very important to its volunteers, researchers, advocacy partners and the general public," said von Jaeger, CTRI Community Engagement manager. For the past three years, he and Kennedy have collaborated on increasing the number of local volunteers enrolled in the ResearchMatch registry, bringing it from 160 to more than 2,200. There are 80,000 volunteers registered nationwide.

"From this number, which continues to grow, 280 volunteers have been directly enrolled into studies through ResearchMatch," von Jaeger said. In addition to the volunteers, 113 researchers at UC San Diego representing 45 studies have signed up to use ResearchMatch. "We've put a lot of effort into nurturing our researchers and cultivating study participants."

Earlier this year, ResearchMatch asked all current and past researchers for a list of their publications with ResearchMatch attribution to be included in the organization's newly established Publications page. The work of von Jaeger and Kennedy led to UC San Diego being one of two institutions awarded on July 21 for having the largest number of academic publications crediting ResearchMatch.

"We are delighted to be recognized in the initial phase of the Publications service and to be able to support this new tool that enables the sharing of information about study results," Kennedy said.

Howard Taras, MD, Director of Community Engagement at CTRI, congratulated the UC San Diego team and lauded the efforts of ResearchMatch in providing information to volunteers. "ResearchMatch is letting volunteers know that their time and efforts are really advancing science," he said. "This added Publications feature allows volunteers to identify and view the results of research they were involved in."