The service is provided at no cost, although standard text rates apply, and it requires that people request the text notices.
The purpose of the program is to help UAMS increase its number of available research participants. When a new study begins enrolling participants, people who have signed up for the text service will receive a text message that briefly describes the study and provides contact information for those who may be interested in participating.
"Quality clinical studies depend upon a deep and diverse pool of participants," said Curtis Lowery, M.D., director of the UAMS Translational Research Institute. "Having that pool of readily available, eligible participants has always been a challenge for clinical researchers, and we hope this can be a tool that helps."
People can join the text update service by entering 772937 in place of the phone number, then texting the word UAMSresearch.
The UAMS Translational Research Institute's mission is to help accelerate research that will improve the health and health care of people in Arkansans and across the country. It was established with major funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2009 and is one of 60 NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awardees. The institute's funding from NIH flows through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).