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Breakthroughs in medical treatments have helped millions of people live happier, healthier, more productive lives, and most of us have personally benefited from research in some way even if we don’t realize it.

Be a Health Hero, participate in research

Most of the medicines prescribed by our doctors, the medical devices that sustain and improve peoples' lives, and even how we are treated in certain situations by medical professionals, all began with clinical reaearch.  These advances would not have been possible without the help of research volunteers.

Volunteers — or "Health Heroes" — can help researchers find new ways to treat, prevent, diagnose and understand different diseases.

By participating in research, you can:

  • Learn more about your condition
  • Gain access to potential treatments before they are made widely available
  • Help future generations by contributing to today’s research

There are a lot of research studies going on right here at the University at Buffalo that could use help from volunteers like you. Participation in these studies can involve anything from taking a survey, talking with a researcher one-on-one or in a group, having visits with a study doctor or nurse, or even trying a new medication.

There are studies that are looking for healthy volunteers, while some are looking for volunteers with specific health conditions. 

How the Buffalo Research Registry works

You can become a Health Hero by signing up for the Buffalo Research Registry (BRR). The BRR is a list of local people, ages 18 and up, who are interested in participating in research. By joining the Buffalo Research Registry, you can:

  • Learn about studies that might be of interest to you! There is no obligation to participate. You decide what you want to participate in.
  • Learn about opportunities to talk with researchers about their research projects and share your ideas about what is important to people in your community.
  • Learn about educational opportunities on topics that you are interested in and training opportunities that might offer you new skills.

To join the BRR, simply click the link at right and fill out a brief health and interest profile.

For questions about the BRR, please call us at (716) 829-2502 or email Thank you for considering the Buffalo Research Registry.