The best way to work out which treatments work best for you is to test them in a study or trial, which relies on volunteers getting involved. The volunteers are usually patients with a particular health issue, but sometimes we also need volunteers with no known health issues.
Areas of research we are involved with
What types of health research do we do?
We are involved with different types of health research studies, including:
- clinical trials – investigate a drug, surgery, or medical device in healthy volunteers or people who have a specific disease
- genetic studies – find the role of genes in different diseases
- behavioural studies – test how people act in different ways
- observational studies – where a group of people is observed for many years
- physiological studies – to better understand how the human body functions
- prevention studies – test ways to prevent specific conditions or diseases
- public health research – aims to improve the health and well-being of people from a population-level perspective; it can be one, or a combination, of the above types of research
If you are thinking about taking part in a clinical trial visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway website. It will help you make informed choices about clinical trials by offering useful guidance on how trials work and connect you to researchers running trials you might be interested in.
For more information on how you can get involved in our research, please see patient and public involvement.