Anyone interested in staying abreast of UAMS research volunteer opportunities can now receive mobile text message alerts from the UAMS Translational Research Institute.
You can join the text alert service by starting a new text message and entering 772937 in place of the phone number, then texting the word UAMSresearch.
After you sign up, you’ll begin receiving notices of a wide range of clinical studies, from obesity to cancer, which may be of interest to you or someone you know. The service is provided at no cost, although standard text rates apply. The frequency of text messages will vary, but the number is expected to average only one or two per month.
When a new study begins enrolling participants, those who have signed up for the text service will receive a text message that briefly describes the study and provides contact information for those who may be interested in participating.
Why sign up?
The research text alerts are part of an effort by the UAMS Translational Research Institute to increase the number of available research participants to help speed the pace of research.
“Quality clinical studies depend upon a deep and diverse pool of participants,” said Curtis Lowery, M.D., director of the UAMS Translational Research Institute. “Having that pool of readily available, eligible participants has always been a challenge for clinical researchers, and we hope this can be a tool that helps.”
The Translational Research Institute’s mission is to help accelerate research that will improve the health and health care of people in Arkansans and across the country. It was established with major funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2009 and is one of 60 NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awardees. The institute’s funding from NIH flows through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).