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How to Register

The first step to becoming a study participant is to become a member of the Research Participant Registry (RPR). Click the “Register Now” link on this page to complete the 15-minute online registration process, which consists of three separate questionnaires:

1) Personal Information,
2) The General Health Questionnaire, and
3) Current Medications.

Before you begin, we will ask you to provide your consent for the RPR to store your personal information and for it to be used by various study staff. RPR staff members check the RPR regularly to look for potential matches — participants who fit the needs of a particular study. If you are a potential match, you will see the study that you matched for on your participant dashboard. You will also receive email alerts when you match for a study. Additionally, you can let us know if you are/are not interested in being contacted for those studies you have matched for. Please note that it may be someone from WU or someone from one of the ICTS Institutions that contacts you.

We will then forward your contact information to the study coordinator. The coordinator is the person, who handles participant recruitment and other administrative aspects of running a clinical study. The coordinator reviews your information and, depending on many factors, may or may not contact you to talk about your interest and eligibility.

Membership in the RPR does not obligate you to participate in any study; you are always free to say no. You will be asked to come back into the RPR every 4-6 months to update your information or inform us that nothing has changed, so that we may keep your information current and accurate. You may remove or modify your RPR profile at any time. All of the information you provide in the RPR will be kept completely confidential, in compliance with federal law and Washington University’s policies. Contact information shared with an ICTS Institution will be provided in a password-protected document.

Which Web Browsers and Versions Can I Use to Participate in Research Participant Registry?

A web browser is the computer program you use to surf the web. To participate in Research Participant Registry, you need to use one of the following web browsers:

For PCs:

  • Firefox 39 for Windows. (We highly recommend using Firefox. Research Participant Registry works best with Firefox.)
  • Internet Explorer 9.0 and 11.0 for Windows.

For Macintosh computers:

  • Firefox 39 for Macintosh. (We highly recommend using Firefox. Research Participant Registry works best with Firefox.)
  • Safari 7 for Macintosh.

If you are already using one of these browsers, you’re all set! If you’re using Internet Explorer, be sure to check what version you’ve got, as explained below.

Research Participant Registry supports only these browsers because it is extremely costly for us to support additional browsers. We’d rather spend the money on research.

Do I Need a Certain Version of Any of These Web Browsers?

If you are using Internet Explorer, you need version 9.0 or above. To check your version, connect to the internet via Internet Explorer (usually signified by a blue “e” icon) and look at the menu items across the very top of your screen. Click on Help and then choose About Internet Explorer. A screen displays that shows you the version of the software you are using.

I Don’t Have Any of the Recommended Browsers (or I Have an Older Version of Internet Explorer) – How Can I Get a Browser That Works With Research Participant Registry?

For PC Users:

To download and install a browser on your PC that works with Research Participant Registry:

  1. Click on one of the following links to go to the download page for the browser that you want to use.
  2. Click the Download button for your operating system (that is, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000, etc.).
  3. Choose SAVE when you are asked if you want to Run or Save the file.
    What you’re saving is an installation program for the software. Note down where you are putting it, because if it doesn’t run automatically, you will need to know where you put it in the next step. Often, downloads go into the "My Received Files" folder inside "My Documents," but you can indicate any location where you’d like the file to be stored.
  4. Once the software finishes downloading, it may just start installing, or you may be asked if you want to "run" or "install" it. If so, select YES. If you are not asked, and nothing seems to be happening, go to the location where you saved the file. Double click on the file, follow the instructions, and it will install the browser software.

For Macintosh users:

To download and install a browser on your Mac that works with Research Participant Registry:

  1. Click on one of the following links to go to the download page for the browser that you want to use.
  2. Click the Download button or appropriate link. (At the time that we write this, the Safari download link is on the text: 7 MB.)
  3. Firefox begins to move and install the Firefox program on your computer immediately. Follow the instructions provided.

Safari may present an option to SAVE or FIND. Choose SAVE. You’re saving an installation program for the software. Note down where you are putting it (your Desktop, a file folder, etc.) because if it doesn’t install automatically, you will need to know where you put it in the next step. If you SAVED the program, once the software finishes downloading, follow instructions to install the software. If anything goes wrong, go back to the file you just saved and click on it to try to install it again.

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