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When researchers and communities collaborate, they unlock a unique potential for truly meaningful discoveries.

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) engages the community in University of Minnesota research, with the goal of building healthier communities and adding value to the lives of Minnesotans.

There are countless ways you can get involved with research, from collaborating with our researchers on a health study to volunteering for a study.

New opportunity for community members

Would you like to make a difference in how the University of Minnesota works with communities in doing research? Are you interested in helping to shape the training of researchers and community-academic partners?

CTSI's Office of Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) invites you to support ongoing efforts at the University to connect health research and community interests. On behalf of Mickey Eder, CEARCH Director, we are inviting community members to join a CEARCH council or become involved in other activities related to research and community health. Learn more.

Find research opportunities

Being a research participant is one of the most powerful things you can do to be part of tomorrow’s health care breakthroughs, and University researchers always need volunteers.

Our StudyFinder website makes it easy for you to find and connect with University research opportunities, such as clinical trials and other health studies. You can also join the ResearchMatch registry. When you participate in research, you can contribute to future treatments that could one day benefit a friend, family member, or someone across the world.

Collaborate with researchers 

We also support community members and groups who want to partner with University researchers on a study, from co-leading a research project to simply sharing insights.

Our Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) function provides an infrastructure that supports community-engaged research, using a team approach to address the health issues most important to Minnesota communities.

Receive research training

Education is fundamental to making a lasting impact on our communities. That’s why we team up with other University organizations to hold the annual Community Research Institute. This six-week workshop trains community groups in research methodology, empowering them to be more involved in health research or conduct their own studies.