9th April 2013
Helping researchers find suitable people for their projects is what the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s online community called Register4 aims to do. It’s delivering on its promise, and in some cases Register4 is recruiting for projects in less than a day.
It can sometimes take years for breast cancer researchers to find the right people to participate in their work—Register4 is a way to help fast track this process and make research happen faster. It brings people and researchers together for the joint purpose of finding answers sooner. Over 30,000 people across Australia have joined this online imitative since it was launched in October 2010 and more people are encouraged to join at www.register4.org.au.
When a researcher needs people for a project, they’ll get in touch with Register4, who will email Register4 members about potential projects they might like to consider taking part in. The types of projects on Register4 vary. It could be as simple as filling in a questionnaire to something more involved such as providing a blood sample. It is always a person’s choice what they choose to participate in.
Register4 is already recruiting for projects beyond breast cancer. On 8 April 2013, a new project was offered to members with any cancer diagnosis who have noticed changes in their memory, concentration and/or thinking following chemotherapy. Response to this project has been extremely positive with 88% recruitment target achieved in less than 24 hours.
Dr Devon Indig, Head of Register4 says, “You don’t have to be a scientist to make a contribution to help fight breast cancer and other diseases. Every Register4 member counts and we’d love to see more Australians participate”.
Over 12 projects have been offered to Register4 members since launch, including the Health & Lifestyle Questionnaire which will allow researchers to investigate potential links between breast cancer and factors such as lifestyle and genetics.