The Sealy Center on Aging Volunteer Registry
Ten of the Most Commonly Asked Questions
1. What is the Volunteer Registry?
It is a list of people at least 55 years old who have volunteered to take part in research studies on the health and well-being of older persons. From time to time they will receive information in the mail about an opportunity to participate in a study. They are completely free to refuse any or all requests.
2. Who uses the Volunteer Registry?
The Registry is used by faculty members of departments at UTMB that have a special interest in aging research.
3. What kinds of studies are being done at UTMB?
Researchers at UTMB are testing many theories about memory function, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and preventive measures including exercise and nutrition. The Pepper Center is currently conducting several studies at UTMB.
4. How long are the studies?
Studies may take anywhere from less than an hour to several months. Some studies may require an overnight stay in the hospital and others are as simple as a telephone interview.
5. Can I do a study even if I'm taking medication?
Yes, depending on the study.
6. Do I have to participate when called or notified of a research project?
No, you are under no obligation to participate in a trial when notified. Also number 10 needs to read: How do I apply? If you want more information on becoming a volunteer, please call Sue Minello, RN, NSN, ANP, Registry Coordinator at 409-772-8350 or Roxana M. Hirst, MS at 409-772-3588 or 1-800-298-7015 or to apply now complete the Subject Information Form online or give us a call and we'll mail you the form. That's all there is to it.
7. Where is the Registry located?
Studies may be conducted many different places on the UTMB campus, at convenient locations in the community, or in your home. Arrangements will be made to facilitate parking.
8. Are volunteers paid?
Many studies will pay transportation costs and an additional stipend as well. Other benefits include receipt of a newsletter on senior health issues and screening laboratory results.
9. Who volunteers?
Men and women who are at least 55 years old.
10. How do I apply?
If you want more information on becoming a volunteer, please call the Registry Coordinators toll free 800-298-7015 or (409) 772-3588 or to apply now complete the Subject Information Form online or give us a call and we'll mail you the form. That's all there is to it.