Recruitment Innovation

Recruiting a cohort of diverse, qualified, and willing participants is critical to the success of any clinical research study, but can be challenging to achieve. Developing a recruitment and retention plan in the early stages of a research project and continually evaluating how the plan is working are key parts of successful recruitment.  

The CTSI Recruitment Innovation Core helps study teams increase participant enrollment for single site and multi-center studies by providing researchers with a variety of recruitment resources. It assists researchers at every stage of the recruitment process, from cohort discovery and recruitment planning through informing the community about studies.  

Recruitment Innovation Core Services

CTSI Recruitment Facilitators

CTSI recruitment facilitators are available to meet with study teams to develop participant recruitment strategies, provide an overview of recruitment tools, resources, and methods and assist with using social media to promote research studies. 

Pitt+Me Research Recruitment Program

The Pitt+Me Research Recruitment Program is a first-of-its-kind multimedia and digital messaging program designed to engage the public and increase participation in research studies. A fundamental component of this program is the Pitt+Me Registry – a database of more than 190,000 adult and pediatric participants who have signed up to find out more about local research opportunities.    

Cohort Discovery: ACT Network

ACT is a web-based multi-site tool that helps researchers assess the availability of patient populations at academic medical centers across the United States via self-directed electronic health record searches. It helps with cohort discovery to determine study feasibility, study design, and identifying additional sites for a multi-site clinical trial.  

CTSA Trial Innovation Network (TIN)

The Trial Innovation Network is a national collaborative initiative across the CTSA Program that supports planning and implementation of multi-center clinical trials. 

CTSI Recruitment Playbook

The Recruitment Playbook provides researchers and their teams with a customized catalog of recruitment resources that can be used throughout the recruitment process — from developing a recruitment plan to identifying additional strategies while actively recruiting.

Team & Contact Info

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Dr. Steven Reis
Core Co-director, Recruitment Innovation Unit
Phone: 412-648-9516
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Dr. Marc Simon
Core Co-director, Recruitment Innovation Unit
Phone: 412-802-3131
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Katelyn Collinger
Core Administrator, Recruitment Innovation Unit
Phone: 412-648-4254