The best way to work out which treatments work best is to test them in a study or trial, which relies on the participation of volunteers. The volunteers are usually patients with a particular health issue, but sometimes we also need healthy 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
For more information on how to get involved in our research, please see patient and public involvement.