University Marketing Communications (UMC)
This Pitt office can assist researchers in developing and disseminating research advertisements, print publications, and other marketing tools to assist in recruiting research participants.

Pitt Voicemail
To send an announcement to be played on Pitt's voicemail, email your message to broadcastmessages@cssd.pitt.edu.

UPMC Voicemail
To send an announcement to be played on UPMC's voicemail, email your message to broadcastvm@upmc.edu

UPMC's employee newsletter is a good way to reach out to all employees of UPMC. To have an announcement posted, please send an email to Stacy Parker at parkersn@upmc.edu.

Pitt Mailing
Send an announcement to Pitt's faculty and staff. The cost is minimal and this strategy has proven to be an effective communication tool for some studies. Contact Chris Kilburg at 412-624-6500 or at ckilburg@bc.pitt.edu.

Departmental Registries
Individual clinical departments in the Pitt Schools of Health Sciences frequently maintain departmental registries of individuals willing to participate in research studies. Researchers should check with their departments to see if a departmental research registry is available.

TrialSpark is a data-driven, clinical trial recruiting system that helps investigators recruit patients/participants for clinical trials more efficiently. In brief, TrialSpark uses data, analytics, machine-learning and social media to drive the particular demographics needed for your study to your trial and provides a management system to streamline the recruitment, prescreening, and scheduling process (i.e., automated emails, follow-ups, notifications, participant-tracking). TrialSpark also helps expedite the recruitment process by empowering researchers with the tools/data they need to understand best practices in real-time (e.g. which advertising methods are generating the best return) and to identify recruitment bottlenecks, thereby saving time, money, and resources. The platform is mobile/tablet/desktop; stores information in a HIPAA compliant manner; allows for point of care, in-person, and remote enrollment. Please visit www.trialspark.com/overview for an overview of services.

TrialSpark has helped expedite recruitment for trials ranging from Schizophrenia drug trials, Appetite studies (i.e., looking for 14-18 year olds living within 20 miles from the clinical trial site), Bipolar Disorder Trials, Pediatric Studies, and Depression Studies to Sleep studies, Cardiovascular Studies, HIV prevention studies, Diabetes Studies, and studies exploring vaccines for Ebola. They have worked with over 20 institutions in the US and UK, including CTSAs, hospitals, and large research organizations. They can also create customized software solutions that facilitate remote data collection, patient engagement and retention. Please visit the website, www.trialspark.com for more information or contact Ben@trialspark.com for a complementary consultation. The TrialSpark team is always happy to share some proven recruitment strategies with University of Pittsburgh researchers!

This recruitment tool is a website supported by National Cancer Institute (NCI) and contains various resources for recruitment.

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