Wright CCTR and VCU Library Co-Host Seminar on Research Participant Strategies

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The C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research (Wright CCTR) partnered with the Tompkins-McCaw Library to host a seminar at the library titled, “Strategies and Tools for Research Participant Recruitment,” on Wednesday, June 15.

Jonathan P. DeShazo, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate director for the Wright CCTR’s Enterprise Informatics and co-director of the Biomedical Informatics Core, and Megan Blumenthal, lab manager for the VCU School of Medicine’s Department of Health Behavior and Policy, led the discussion on strategies and tools for designing an effective research participant recruitment plan.

 “It’s important to understand the different types of studies because the type will determine what approval you need for patient information and consent,” said DeShazo. “The CCTR has resources to help with this process, even when it comes to obtaining de-identified data or contact information for patients.”
 
The seminar reviewed factors that determine a recruitment strategy, such as the study design, sample size, and sample frame, in addition to the process of obtaining informed consent.

“Informed consent is always present,” said DeShazo. “Even if the IRB doesn’t require you to document it.”

To learn more about the CCTR’s resources for researchers, please visit www.cctr.vcu.edu/resources.
 
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First image up top: Megan Blumenthal (left), lab manager for the VCU School of Medicine’s Department of Health Behavior and Policy, and Jonathan P. DeShazo, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate director for the Wright CCTR’s Enterprise Informatics and co-director of the Biomedical Informatics Core

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