Research Studies & Clinical Trials


 

Research participation during COVID-19

Your participation in research at the University of Florida is important to us. That’s why we want to make sure you know what’s going on with our research studies. In light of COVID-19, some studies are paused or moved online for your safety.

I am currently in a study

If you are currently enrolled in a study, the study team may have already reached out to you and updated you on the status of the study. While we offer some guidance on this website, your study team is the best resource for information on how to proceed.

Certain clinical trials for few health conditions, such as cancer, may be allowed to continue. In some cases, study teams may make changes to their studies that allow them to conduct their research without in-person visits.

Each study is different so it is important you get in touch with the study team to find out if the study is paused, moved online or continuing in-person visits.

  • If you are having trouble finding contact information for your study, please email UFStudies@health.ufl.edu.
  • If you are currently enrolled in a cancer clinical trial, please email trials@cancer.ufl.edu.
  • If your study is still allowing in-person visits, we encourage you to take extra precautions before the appointment such as washing your hands and practicing social distancing. Please visit UF Health’s COVID-19 website for important information about patient safety. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please follow these instructions.
  • If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, we recommend you call your primary care provider so the providers can make the appropriate recommendations to you. If you are severely ill or your health care provider suggests you to go to the E.R., UF Health emergency rooms offer the comprehensive care you need. Visit our COVID-19 website for more information on exposure and symptoms.
  • I want to join a study

    There are several ways you can still participate in research. Please be aware that response times may take longer than usual and study participation will likely be delayed.

    Cancer clinical trials
    The UF Health Cancer Center remains committed to providing novel treatment options for our patients facing cancer. To that end, we are currently taking every precaution and limiting research procedures and visits to only those necessary to deliver safe care. We are still offering access to many of our research studies and are continuing to evaluate new participants as is possible.

    If you are seeking a cancer clinical trial, we encourage you to visit the OnCore Clinical Trials website or email trials@cancer.ufl.edu.

    Research at UF
    You can use the search bar above to enter in keywords and find studies at the University of Florida. Most studies provide an email or phone number with contact information for the study team. If you are unable to find contact information for any of these studies, please email UFStudies@health.ufl.edu.

    Become a member of HealthStreet
    Join HealthStreet and talk to one of our Community Health Workers (CHWs) and learn why health research is important for you and your community. When you become a HealthStreet member you can be matched to studies and receive news about community programs and events. You can fill out the contact form or email HealthStreet@ufl.edu or call 352-294-4880.

    Join an online registry
    You can be matched to online studies nationwide through a registry called ResearchMatch.

    Join a national research program
    The All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. Fill out this form and the study team will be in touch with how you can participate online.

    UF Studies Facebook page
    Like our page on Facebook and hear about new study participation opportunities.

    COVID-19 research studies
    Our COVID-19 research availability is changing daily and we will continue to update this page as research opportunities become available.

    You may be asked to participate in COVID-19 research during a telehealth visit with your UF Health physician or during a visit to a COVID-19 test site at a UF Health clinic. Participation in these studies is entirely voluntary and you can stop at any time.

    Questions

    If you have any questions about research participation, we encourage you to email UFStudies@health.ufl.edu. Thank you!

Be an Informed Participant

Before deciding to participate in a research study, take time to learn about clinical research, how it's conducted and your rights as a research participant. The following are some helpful resources from independent sources. Always remember that a clinical research study is research, not treatment.

Know Who to Contact

  • Eligibility: For questions about a specific study and who is eligible to participate, call or email the contact person listed for that study.
  • Your Rights: For questions about your rights as a research participant, contact the UF Institutional Review Boards at 352-273-9600.
  • Feedback: For general questions or feedback about study listings, email the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute at UFStudies@health.ufl.edu​.

Other Resources

  • HealthStreet: Health-focused services, classes and events, and opportunities to participate in research.
  • ResearchMatch.org: Join a national registry of volunteers willing to be contacted about research studies.

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