ResearchMatch: Example Contact Message

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Contact Message for Participant Recruitment

As part of the process of listing a study within ResearchMatch, researchers will be prompted to enter a study description/recruitment message that has been previously approved by the IRB for use on ResearchMatch. The contact message will be sent to the identified cohort of prospective participants within the ResearchMatch system.

This message should describe your study much like an email recruitment message, but it cannot contain phone numbers, email addresses, links to websites, or embedded surveys. Your message cannot exceed 2000 characters.

Contact messages must include the following:

  • Information about the purpose / goals of the study
  • All requirements for participation (e.g. time requirements, clinic visits)
  • Any other important information (e.g. exclusion criteria, compensation)


Example Contact Message

Would you like to help researchers learn more about the causes of motor neuron diseases such as ALS and SMA? Are you interested in helping researchers who are trying to learn more about the causes of motor neuron diseases such as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and SMA? Researchers at Lehigh University are looking for study volunteers.

You may be eligible for this study if:

  • You are 18 years or older.
  • You are a healthy volunteer OR if a physician has determined that you have ALS, SMA or another disorder affecting the motor neuron or nerve.
  • You are available for one visit for approximately 1 hour.
  • You are willing to have a small biopsy of skin taken from a small spot on your leg.

The skin around the spot will be numbed prior to the sample being taken. The skin biopsy procedure is a standard technique used to look at nerve fibers in the skin. For this study, the researchers will use the skin cells from the biopsy to grow a lot of skin cells (called a culture) and these will be converted to nerve cells.

If you are interested in hearing more about this study, please click “yes” so that a study team member may contact you.