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The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Iowa (ICTS) threw down the gauntlet and challenged Northwestern University to a ResearchMatch challenge of epic proportions. The two Big 10 institutions will compete for bragging rights to see who can enroll the most research participants in ResearchMatch, an on-line registry designed to match potential research subjects with research studies. The challenge begins at 8:00 a.m. CST on Oct. 22 and continues thru 8:00 a.m. CTS on Oct 29, coinciding with the football game between the two schools at Northwestern on Saturday, October 27.
Laurie Lebo, ResearchMatch diva and program manager for the national registry, said the event is a good way to raise awareness about the importance of participating in medical research. “It’s a fun way to reach a lot of people and let them know that we need everyone - young and old, healthy and those with health conditions, players and fans, students and alumni - to get involved so we can find better treatments and cures for a variety of diseases,” she said. It’s easy to sign-up for ResearchMatch. Visit your favorite team’s website (see below), take a few minutes to fill out your profile, and then ResearchMatch will send you an email with information about potential studies. If you are interested in learning more about a study, ResearchMatch will share your contact information with the appropriate researcher. The choice to participate is always yours. As you enjoy the football game, remember: no matter who wins on the field, everyone wins when you join ResearchMatch.
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