For Volunteers
About Clinical and Health Research
About the rebuild
For Study Teams
About the New System
For Volunteers
About Clinical and Health Research

What is research or a research study?

Research studies look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal may be to determine whether a new test or treatment works and is safe, or to improve the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.

Who participates in research?

Research participants are of all ages, from infants to the elderly. Participants may be healthy or may have serious medical conditions. Men, women, and children of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds participate.

Why should I use UMCS? is a partnership between researchers and participants to find new ways to understand, diagnose, and treat human diseases. UMClinicalStudies was created for people to find clinical and health research studies taking place at the University of Michigan that need participants, including those seeking individuals with specific health conditions, as well as healthy volunteers. is a secure, password-protected system that connects people who are interested in participating in clinical research with appropriate studies.


When will my access expire?

Your access will never expire unless you delete your account.

What kind of research is posted on UMCS?

There are hundreds of studies on UMClinicalStudies researching a variety of topics such as smoking, diabetes, asthma, autism, and cancer.

Does UMCS list all U-M studies?

No, UMClinicalStudies is a recruitment tool available to any University of Michigan IRB-approved research study, but is not required to be used for all research studies.

How do I find studies looking for participants?

You can find studies using a variety of criteria like age, gender, diagnosis, etc. to view information about studies for which you might be eligible. You can also sign up for an account on UMClinicalStudies to get personalized study recommendations for you or your loved one. Once you find a study that you feel you are a good fit for, you can show interest in it by answering a few basic questions.

How do I find studies that are right for me?

If you choose to sign up for a UMClinicalStudies account, we will ask you to answer some questions about your medical history and to provide us with your contact information. Researchers from the University of Michigan will review your information and if you are eligible for a study, a researcher may contact you to further discuss the study and possibility of participation. UMClinicalStudies will also be able to provide you with personalized study recommendations based on your preferences. Once you are invited to participate in a study, you decide whether you would like to participate.

Who sees my private information?

As part of the registration process, you can choose whether you want to share your information with all study teams or only the study teams whose studies you show interest in. Based on your preferences, research scientists and staff may see your information if you are matched with a study they are conducting. However, in accordance with HIPAA laws, they are not allowed to share this information without your consent.

How will my privacy be protected?

Please see the University of Michigan Notice of Privacy Practices describing how medical information about you may be used and released, and how you can get access to this information.

Is UMCS IRB- or HIPAA-compliant?

Yes, the website is HIPAA-compliant and has its own University of Michigan Internal Review Board (IRB) approval. Additionally, all studies posted on UMCS are required to be approved by the University of Michigan’s IRB prior to being viewed by the public.

Are there risks to joining

The only risk to joining UMClinicalStudies is allowing research scientists and research coordinators to view the personal and health-related information you provide. UMClinicalStudies collects no financial information and has no direct access to your medical records. You may provide as little or as much information as you are comfortable sharing.

Do I have to participate in a study if I am contacted?

No, you should never feel pressured or forced to join a research study—the choice is always yours. Joining UMClinicalStudies does not automatically enter you into a study. Researchers from the University of Michigan will review your information and if you are eligible for a study, a researcher may contact you to further discuss the study and possibility of participation. Once you are invited to participate in a study, you decide whether you would like to participate.

What if I decide not to participate?

You can communicate your decision to the study team, and they will respect your decision not to participate in the study.

What if I want to leave a study before my participation is supposed to end?

You can always refuse to participate in a study or choose to stop participating at any time. Leaving a study before it is over will never result in any penalty to you. You will have the same rights and benefits that you had before the trial began. However, sometimes leaving a study early can have risks. You should discuss these risks and all of your options with the study team.

What if I don’t hear back from a study team?

Please allow 2-3 weeks for a research coordinator to respond to your calls or emails. Research coordinators often work on multiple research studies and as such, it may take them a few weeks to respond to all inquiries.

How will I know if a study I am interested or participating in is IRB/university approved?

The University of Michigan IRB (Institutional Review Board) is a group of doctors, nurses, U-M staff and community members who review all university research projects before they begin to ensure they are as safe as possible and that your rights are protected. All active studies posted on UMCS are IRB-approved. No study can begin without IRB approval, but you should contact the study team or IRB (email:, phone: 734.763.4768) with any questions.

Can I register for a child or loved one?

Parents or legal guardians can register their child(ren) or loved ones.

I previously registered my child, and now they are 18 - what should I do now?

You will be contacted to remind your loved one to register as an adult and to update their personal and health information.

Can I delete my UMCS profile/account?

You may deactivate your account from UMClinicalStudies at any time. First log in as a volunteer; click on your name in the top right corner; click on Deactivate Account in the drop down.




I can’t remember my password, how do I log in?

If you do not remember your password, you can click on 'Forgot my password,' and follow the onscreen instructions to reset your password.

I lost the contact information/consent form for my research study team, what should I do?

You may search for your study by the condition the study is researching, or using the 'Advanced Search' method on the homepage. If you still are unable to find your study, please contact us by phone at 1.877.536.4243, or email us at You can also contact The University of Michigan Institutional Review Board or IRB (email:, phone: 734.763.4768) with any questions if you do not think the study was posted on UMClinicalStudies.

How do I find my medical condition on the list?

Medical conditions may have several names.  Please check below to locate the appropriate match:

Searching for

Look for

AAA Abdominal aortic aneurysm  
Abnormal cholesterol Dyslipidemia  



Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Adrenal Cancer Malignant neoplasm of adrenal gland  
A Fib Atrial fibrillation  
A Flutter Atrial flutter  



Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome


ALS Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis  


Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis  
AVR Aortic valve regurgitation  
AV stenosis Aortic valve stenosis  


Bicuspid aortic valve


Bladder Cancer Carcinoma of bladder  
Bone Cancer Malignant neoplasm of bone  
Brain Bleed Cerebral hemorrhage  
Brain Blood Clot Cerebral arterial thrombosis  
Brain Cancer Malignant neoplasm of brain  
Breast Cancer Malignant tumor of breast  
CAD, Heart disease Coronary arteriosclerosis
Cervical Cancer Malignant tumor of cervix  
Chest Pain Angina  
Colon Cancer Malignant tumor of colon  


Chronic Obstructive Lung  Disease


CVA, Stroke Cerebrovascular accident  
Diabetes eye complication  Diabetic retinopathy   
Diabetes foot complication  Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus with ulcer   
Diabetes kidney complication  Diabetic nephropathy   
Diabetes nerve complication  Diabetic neuropathy   
Diabetes Type 1 Type 1 diabetes, Diabetes mellitus type 1  
Diabetes Type 2 Type 2 diabetes, Diabetes mellitus type 2  
Dizzy spell, Postural hypotension Orthostatic hypotension  
DVT Deep Venous Thrombosis  
Esophageal Cancer Carcinoma of esophagus  
Exercise Physical activity  
Fainting Syncope  
Fallopian Tube Cancer Carcinoma of fallopian tube  
FCH, Hereditary cholesterol Familial combined hyperlipidemia  
FMD Fibromuscular dysplasia  
GERD, Acid reflux   Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease   


Open-angle glaucoma

Closed-angle glaucoma

Heart Attack, MI Myocardial Infarction  

High Blood Sugar



High calcium Hypercalcemia  
High Cholesterol  Hyperlipidemia  
High potassium Hyperkalemia  
High triglicerides Hypertriglyceridemia  


Human immunodeficiency

Virus Infection


HTN, High Blood Pressure




ICD Implantation of internal cardiac defibrillator  
Kidney Cancer Malignant tumor of kidney  
Larynx cancer Malignant tumor of larynx  
LBBB Left bundle branch block  
Liver Cancer Malignant neoplasm of liver  

Low Blood Pressure


Low Blood Sugar



Low potassium Hypokalemia  
Low sodium Hyponatremia  
Lung Cancer Malignant tumor of lung  
Lymphoma Malignant lymphoma  
Melanoma Malignant melanoma of skin  
MVP Mitral valve prolapse  
MVR Mitral valve regurgitation  
Nasal cancer Malignant tumor of nasopharynx  
Overweight Obesity, Morbid obesity  
Oral cancer Malignant tumor of oral cavity  
Ovarian Cancer Malignant tumor of the ovary  
PVD, PAD  Peripheral Vascular Disease
Pancreatic Cancer Malignant tumor of pancreas  
PE Pulmonary embolism  
PH Pulmonary hypertension  
Pregnancy diabetes Gestational diabetes mellitus  
Prostate Cancer Malignant tumor of prostate  
RBBB Right bundle branch block  
Rhythm disorder Conduction disorder of the heart  
RLS Restless leg syndrome  
Salivary Gland Cancer Malignant tumor of salivary gland  
Skin Cancer Malignant neoplasm of skin  
SLE Systemic lupus erythematosus  
SLE glomerulonephritis Systemic lupus erythematosus glomerulonephritis  
SSS, Sinus node dysfunction Sick sinus syndrome  
Stroke Cerebrovascular Accident
SVT Supraventricular tachycardia  
Swelling in legs Peripheral edema  
Thyroid Cancer Malignant tumor of thyroid gland  
TIA, Mini stroke Transient ischemic attack  
Tobacco dependence Nicotine dependence  
Uterine Cancer Malignant neoplasm of uterus  
VT Ventricular tachycardia  

What is the Difference between Acute and Chronic Conditions?

An acute condition results in short term symptoms that improve over time but usually require medical attention. Symptoms may be appear suddenly and can be severe but are time limited (example – acute tonsillitis).

A chronic condition may develop slowly over time but has a long term impact and may require long term medical attention (example – chronic renal failure).

How do transgender individuals search for studies?

When a volunteer creates an account, he/she must answer a required gender question. The two options are female and male, as this reflects how most research eligibility criteria are written.  Transgender individuals are welcome to search for studies.  However, the study recommendations matching feature is driven by eligibility criteria submitted by study teams so must be gender-specific. We recommend that transgender individuals speak with study teams about their identified gender before enrolling. 


About the rebuild

Why was UMCS redesigned?

We decided to rebuild our website based on customer feedback we've received over the past few years. We wanted to make the website more participant-friendly with easier navigation, and to provide additional tools and resources to study teams to better engage the volunteers. We went through an extensive design phase where we studied the needs of both volunteers and study teams leading up to this rebuild. We are really proud of our efforts and hope you like it.

Is the new UMCS accessible for mobile devices?

Yes, but if you are having problems viewing UMClinicalStudies on your mobile device, please contact us by phone at 1.877.536.4243, or email us at

Is the new UMCS accessible for people with visual/hearing disabilities or difficulties?

Yes, we have designed our site to be compliant according to Section 508 of the U.S. Code, but if you are having problems, please contact us by phone at 1.877.536.4243, or email us at

If I had an account in the previous UMClinicalStudies site, did all of my information transfer?

Yes, but if you are having problems viewing your information on UMCS, or if you think all of your information did not transfer, please contact us by phone at 1.877.536.4243, or email us at

Why am I having trouble logging in to the new system?

If you are a U-M staff/faculty/student/alum and used to log in as a participant with your U-M uniqname, you now need to use an email address to log in as a participant. More information is provided here.

If you are someone from outside U-M and used to log in as a volunteer using your email address (through a U-M friend account), nothing should change with the way you log in. However, when you log in to the system for the first time, you will need to reset your password. 


Who should I contact about billing questions?

You may ask your study team about any costs to you or your insurance company and about direct benefits, as some studies offer compensation for your time. If you need to contact someone in patient billing or have questions about a bill, contact Patient Customer Service by phone at 734-615-0863 (local) or 855-855-0863 (toll-free), or email

Who should I contact with questions about the incentives I received or was supposed to receive?

The Humans Subjects Initiative Program (HSIP) within the University of Michigan works to quickly process incentives and collects the appropriate documentation without linking participants to an individual study. More information is available here, or contact HSIP at

Where do I go if I am interested in tissue/organ donation?

The university has a team dedicated to making arrangements for body or tissue donations to the Anatomical Donations Program at the University of Michigan. More information is available here.

For Study Teams
About the New System

How/where to post/edit a study posting?

To make it easier for study teams, we have decided to allow you to post/edit your studies on itself.  However, that also means that with the new, you will NOT be able to add/edit your study postings in eResearch.

All the studies that you previously entered, have moved over.

To add/edit a study in, log in as a study team member, navigate to the 'Studies' tab and either 'Add' a new study or click on an existing study to edit it.

Do I need IRB approval to post a new study?

Posting a study requires two steps.  First, you must indicate your intention to use in your eResearch application. In Question 8-1.6 for non-exempt studies (or 5-3.10 for exempt studies), you must check the box beside ''.  You may not add your study to without completing this step. Failure to do so will require submitting an amendment at a later date and will delay your recruitment efforts. Second, once your study has been approved, you must log in as a study team member, navigate to the 'Studies' tab and manually 'add' a new study.

What is clinical health research?
1909 – Albion Walter Hewlett, MD (Department of Internal Medicine) is one of the first physicians to use the electrocardiograph machine and recognize its potential importance as a diagnostic tool. He predicted in the journal Physician and Surgeon that "it is not improbable that the electrocardiogram will ultimately permit an early diagnosis of disease of the heart muscle."

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