StudyFinder expands to include more research studies seeking volunteers

More research studies recruiting at Penn State are now searchable at StudyFinder, an online database that connects interested volunteers with the variety of studies University researchers are conducting.

Visitors to StudyFinder can browse by topic or search by keyword to discover available studies at all Penn State campuses, including University Park, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center/Penn State College of Medicine, and other Commonwealth campuses. These volunteer opportunities include healthy volunteer studies, survey studies, clinical trials and other clinical research.

From studies about language acquisition to cancer treatments to nutrition, Penn State investigators look to the community for volunteers to help them complete their research. Depending on the study, research volunteers may have the opportunity to earn compensation for their time.

“The life-changing work of our researchers depends greatly on the participation of our volunteers, and we are pleased that the Clinical and Translational Science Institute is now streamlining all of these opportunities into a single easy-to-use site,” said Penn State Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey. “Volunteering for a study not only offers the public a chance to become a part of the research enterprise at Penn State, but it also improves the quality of life for our friends and neighbors by helping us discover the next technological, social or medical breakthrough.”

StudyFinder is funded by Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute, a cross-campus National Institutes of Health grant designed to accelerate scientific discoveries found in the laboratory into public health improvements. The website has been in use at Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine for the past year.

June 1, 2017 Penn State College of Medicine News

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