Research study volunteers are essential in shaping the future of medicine. Whether it's a clinical trial of an experimental medication, a comparison of different treatments or a collection of data from people with a similar health condition or genetic background, community participants help researchers translate scientific discovery into lifesaving care.

Research studies at Ohio State need participants of all ages – both those who are healthy and those with specific medical conditions. Here, you can register to be a research participant, browse research studies at Ohio State and learn more about how participating in research studies and clinical trials may impact your health and your medical care.

A research opportunity is out there for everyone.

Volunteer for Research

Ohio State encourages anyone interested in volunteering for research studies to register with ResearchMatch, a secure, easy-to-use volunteer registry funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Researchers of approved academic institutions like Ohio State can use ResearchMatch to find volunteers who are a correct fit for their work. Your name and personal information are not released to any researcher until you indicate that you would like to know more about his or her study.

People of all ages and health conditions, including healthy people, are welcome. Volunteers under the age of 19 must be registered by a parent or guardian.

Become a Volunteer


Find a Study

Ohio State maintains a database of active research studies seeking volunteers, some which may be relevant to your health or the care of a loved one. With StudySearch, you can review easy-to-read descriptions of studies seeking volunteers, and contact the research team directly if you have questions. New studies are frequently added.

View Research Studies

You can also review active cancer clinical trials at Ohio State’s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

View Cancer Clinical Trials


Questions? Call the HERO Line

Choosing to become a research volunteer is no small act. That’s why we view our community participants as heroes. We want you to have the information you need to make an informed and confident decision.

Our HERO Line, 614-293-4376 (HERO), is staffed by professionals from Ohio State’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science. If you have general questions about research participation, or interest in a specific study, calling the HERO line will get you the answers you need.

You can also email questions to Include your contact information and a representative can call you back at a time that is convenient for you.


Ohio State's Center for Clinical and Translational Science

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is a collaboration of The Ohio State University, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health. 

Working together, we are turning the scientific discoveries of today into the life-changing treatments of tomorrow.

Learn More about the CCTS

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions and answers are provided by, a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. If your question isn’t answered here, call our HERO Line at 614-293-4376 (HERO). It is also helpful to talk to a physician, family members or friends about deciding to join a trial.

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