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ResearchMatch has a simple goal – to bring together two groups of people who are looking for one another: (1) people who are trying to find research studies, and (2) researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies. It is a free and secure registry that has been developed by major academic institutions across the country who want to involve you in the mission of helping today's studies make a real difference for everyone's health in the future.

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​Information for Veterans Interested in Participating in Research Studies​


A research study is an organized activity to learn more about a problem or answer a question.

​A research study may be done to: 

  • Understand health needs, problems, or feelings people have about an illness or their general health
  • Test if a product, such as a drug or equipment, is safe and effective
  • Determine the best way to treat an illness, or how to prevent an illness
  • Find out what health care practices work best


One specific type of research study is a clinical trial. A clinical trial is a medical study that tries to determine whether medicines, new therapies or new devices are safe and effective. In a clinical trial, a drug or treatment is often compared to a placebo-an inactive substance given as if it were a therapy, but typically has no value to treat or prevent an illness.


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