Research helps us increase our knowledge about human health and wellbeing. This is so we can:
- Provide life changing treatments
- Diagnose diseases earlier or more accurately
- Prevent people from developing conditions
- Improve health and care for generations to come
- Ensure everyone has a better quality of life
Overall, the aim is to find out whether what is being tested is better than what is currently available. This can include therapies, medicines and services.
Although health professionals already know a great deal, there are still so many questions that need answers.
For more information please visit www.bepartofresearch.nihr.ac.uk
Getting Involved in Research
Please read the first newsletter for patients and the public in the Eastern region:
Do you have chronic pain?
Volunteers are needed to take part in psychological research which aims to help explain distress and disability in chronic pain.
You may qualify if you:
- Suffer from chronic pain
- Are aged 18 and over
- Are English speaking
To take part, read our information leaflet and complete the short screening questionnaire or get in touch with us.
Warwick Sleep and Pain Lab
Do you suffer from chronic lower back pain?
Opportunity to take part in the Modulate-LBP research study, using minimally invasive implant technology in the treatment of lower back pain with no prior surgery.
You could be eligible if you have:
- Chronic predominant back pain (for over 12 months)
- Moderate or severe intensity (over 6/10 pain score)
- No previous spinal surgery
- Failed to respond to previous treatment
- Over 18 years old
For further details
Please contact the Pain Research Department and St Thomas’ Hospital:
Do you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19?
Are you aged 65 or over? Or 50 to 64 with underlying health conditions? with symptoms within the past 14 days?
Please visit www.principletrial.org to find out how to take part in an Urgent Public Health Clinical Trial for COVID-19 treatments.
For more information, please see the Help the Fight Against COVID-19 Poster.
Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
You may have heard the encouraging interim results of the Pfizer / BioNTech clinical trial on their vaccine against COVID-19. This development is thanks to clinical study participants such as yourself and shows the importance of this vaccine research. The vaccine has not yet been approved for use in the UK, but you might have questions about what this means for the clinical study you are taking part in.
For more information, please read the NIHR Pfizer / BioNTECH Vaccine Leaflet.
We are letting you know about a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and flu.
It’s easy to use and only takes 10 minutes – www.germdefence.org/index.html?src=E82007 (If this link does not open when you select it, please copy and paste it into your web browser)
Please pass details of the Germ Defence website to your friends and family.
There’s a button at the bottom of the Germ Defence website for sharing by social media.
If you’d like to know more:
- Over 20,000 people previously took part in research about Germ Defence
- People who followed the advice in Germ Defence had fewer and less severe illnesses – and so did the people they lived with
- Results of the study were published in The Lancet medical journal
- Germ Defence has been updated with COVID-19 advice to help prevent a wave of COVID-19 and flu this Autumn/Winter
- Information about how the Germ Defence website is being evaluated is available by visiting www.bristol.ac.uk/primaryhealthcare/researchthemes/roll-out-of-germ-defence-website