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Research for the Future is an NHS supported campaign that helps people find out about and take part in health and care research.  Getting involved in research means you are helping to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses.

Everyone is welcome to register with Research for the Future, whether you have a health condition or not. The only requirement is that you must live in England and be 18 years or over. Registering means we will inform you about research opportunities you may wish to take part in.

We offer opportunities to get involved in research across all health conditions as well as for healthy volunteers.

There are many different types of research to get involved with including:

  • helping to design a study
  • being part of a discussion group
  • completing a survey
  • helping to test new equipment, or
  • being involved in a clinical trial.

We also have five areas of particular interest, our ‘Help BEAT’ campaigns.  Our current campaigns are Help BEAT Coronavirus, Help BEAT Diabetes, Help BEAT Heart Disease, Help BEAT Kidney Disease and Help BEAT Respiratory Disease. We are especially keen to hear from people living with these health conditions as we regularly have research opportunities in these areas.

Current studies

ADAMS: Multiple sclerosis study

Study looking to understand how genes cause multiple sclerosis in people from different ethnic backgrounds.

Find out more about: ADAMS: Multiple sclerosis study

KUPPD: 3D scanning post-mastectomy

Improving breast prostheses using 3D scanning technology and understanding people’s experiences following breast cancer treatment.

Find out more about: KUPPD: 3D scanning post-mastectomy

Sharing health data

Understanding the views and perspectives on sharing and using personal health data during and beyond COVID-19.

Find out more about: Sharing health data

Double vision

Understanding the experiences of people with double vision.

Find out more about: Double vision

Pain perception and uncertainty

Testing people’s perceptions and experiences of pain.

Find out more about: Pain perception and uncertainty


Looking to understand if certain medications can help slow down the progression of MND (motor neurone disease).

Find out more about: MND-Smart

Parkinson’s Families Project (PFP)

Investigating the genetic causes of Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders.

Find out more about: Parkinson’s Families Project (PFP)


Testing two low-calorie diets aimed at helping people with type 1 diabetes lose weight and improve blood glucose control.

Find out more about: MIDDAS-Type1

UK GCA Consortium – retrospective study

Understanding more about the causes of GCA (giant cell arteritis).

Find out more about: UK GCA Consortium – retrospective study


Investigating whether a new portable self-management system can help people with diabetes manage their blood glucose levels, adhere to treatment plans and improve quality of life.

Find out more about: Actiste

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MoNoPly study

Understanding how the brain processes pain and how it learns and adapts to sensory experiences over time.

Find out more about: MoNoPly study

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Anxiety in older adults

Looking to understand how older people from different cultural backgrounds understand and experience anxiety.

Find out more about: Anxiety in older adults

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Understanding why people with different chest conditions develop a cough and how it compares to people without a chest condition.

Find out more about: Orchid

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CHIEF-PD trial

Looking to determine if certain medications can help prevent falls in people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Find out more about: CHIEF-PD trial

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Investigating the effect of medication reviews on blood pressure control in people with hypertension.

Find out more about: OUTREACH


Investigating if medications currently prescribed to treat people with diabetes and heart problems could be used to prevent heart problems.

Find out more about: PONTIAC II

Study archive

View all research opportunities and studies that we have promoted online

Find out more about: Maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY)

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