CTSI Research Participant Registry / Pitt+Me
Pitt+Me is a voluntary database of individuals who have consented to be contacted for potential participation in research studies. The Registry's novel software matches participants, based on their demographics and ICD-9/10 codes and/or health preferences, with studies for which they may be eligible. To date, the Registry has had more than 107,000 people sign up to hear more about research and health topics.
Researchers seeking participants for their research studies can utilize the CTSI Research Participant Registry as a recruitment source. Registry participants receive mailings about studies in which they may have interest. If interested, they call the Research Participant Registry screening office. If basic eligibility criteria are met, participants are referred on to the researchers' study.
There is no charge to use the Registry. However, for industry-sponsored trials, investigators must obtain sponsor and Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval before using the Registry. Proof of IRB and sponsor approval must be provided to the Registry Administrator before any study can be added to the Registry database.
For studies reviewed by the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board (IRB):
When submitting your protocol or modification through OSIRIS, select the CTSI Research Participant Registry as a recruitment method in Section 4.1. No other changes are required.
For studies reviewed by external boards:
If you are conducting a study that is not under the purview of the University of Pittsburgh IRB, you can still use the Registry to recruit. The following is suggested language to submit to your study sponsor/IRB of record: "We are planning on using the University of Pittsburgh CTSI Research Participant Registry as a recruitment tool."
No. Any participant contact regarding studies is initiated either by the Registry Office or by the participant.
Registry participants receive quarterly match letters or study alert emails that contain studies for which they might be eligible, based upon demographics, ICD-9 or ICD-10 diagnosis codes, and/or participant-chosen health areas of interest. When investigators add studies to the Registry, inclusion/exclusion criteria are “modeled” using ICD-9 and ICD-10 diagnosis/billing codes that are matched to the UPMC Registry participant’s medical record. Community Registry members will also receive information about the study if they have indicated a relevant health area of interest (ex., smoking = Wellness and Lifestyle, Parkinson’s disease = Brain and Nervous System, asthma = Lungs and Breathing, etc.).
If a participant, or parent of a minor participant, is interested in a study or studies, they must call the Registry Screening Office or click I'm Interested online. Contact information for those who consent and pass the pre-screen are forwarded to the study coordinator. NOTE: Pre-screening questions are added as part of the “modeling” process for the study. Screening questions can be updated or edited at any time by the study staff.
Once your study has been approved by the IRB of record and the study sponsor (if appropriate) to use the Registry, send an email to email@example.com. A Registry staff member will begin the process of adding your study to the Registry database. You will have the opportunity to approve your study information, including ICD-9 codes and screening questions, before the study is added to the Registry database.
Any IRB and/or sponsor (if appropriate) approved study recruiting human research participants of all ages that is being conducted at the University of Pittsburgh or UPMC.
Investigators or coordinators can contact the Research Participant Registry Office by phone at 412-864-3478 or by email at PittplusMe@pitt.edu.