Seniors Together in Aging Research (STAR)

For Volunteers

The STAR Registry is a database of Iowans over age 50 who are interested in volunteering for research studies.

Older adults are typically under-represented in scientific research, making study results less helpful to the older population. STAR was created to:

  • Facilitate the inclusion of older adults in UI research studies
  • Help increase the quantity and quality of research relating to older adults

STAR matches research volunteers with studies for which they are likely to qualify, using information provided by each volunteer. STAR volunteers fill out a four-page registration form about general medical history, behavioral and demographic information. All data is secure and kept strictly confidential according to guidelines established by the University of Iowa Institutional Review Board.

For Researchers

Iowa ranks seventh nationally in percentage of residents age 65 and older, and third in percentage of those age 85 and older. Yet researchers often have difficulty recruiting from these higher age groups.

To address this problem, the University of Iowa Center on Aging has developed a registry of research volunteers, the Seniors Together in Aging Research (STAR) Registry, to help connect individuals interested in participating in research studies with UI investigators seeking research volunteers. Over 1500 individuals age 50 and older are enrolled in the STAR Registry, including people who are healthy as well as those with medical conditions.

The STAR Registry is available to all University of Iowa and Iowa State University investigators who require older research volunteers for their IRB approved studies. Interested investigators are encouraged to contact the STAR Registry to discuss their research projects and potential needs. The STAR Registry will work closely with volunteers and investigators to match research projects with volunteers who meet their inclusion criteria.