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Research for the Future is an award-winning, 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 or over. Registering means you will receive information about opportunities to take part in research.
We have 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:
- completing a survey or questionnaire
- being part of a discussion group
- trialling new technology or testing new equipment
- helping to develop and design a research project
- being involved in a clinical trial.
We also have five areas of particular interest, our ‘Help BEAT’ campaigns, and we are especially keen to hear from people living with one, or more of these health conditions. Our current campaigns are Help BEAT Diabetes, Help BEAT Heart Disease, Help BEAT Kidney Disease, Help BEAT Respiratory Disease and Help BEAT Coronavirus.
Investigating whether an omega-3 supplement can improve skin changes after menopause.
Evaluating how smart insoles and socks can be used to monitor and improve foot health for people with diabetes-related neuropathy (foot impairment).
Developing a system to evaluate how the NHS Lung Health Check is provided and the long-term effects on the health of those using it.
Understand what would make it easier to find out about and take part in research into pregnancy, childbirth and early years.
Training peer educators to help raise awareness and increase involvement in kidney research from Black and South Asian communities and poorer areas of Greater Manchester.
Investigating how brain and skull-based tumours develop and progress. Healthy volunteers.
Understanding how people with chronic kidney disease experience depression and psychological wellbeing, and the treatments and services available.
Understanding experiences of using digital health technologies and exploring how these could be used in community pharmacy.
Capturing the experiences of cervical screening for people from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds and exploring views on alternative methods.
Investigating the causes and complications of kidney disease, monitoring disease progression, and helping to improve patient outcomes.
Understanding public experiences of receiving treatment and care in both NHS and private hospital.
Investigating cognitive impairment in people experiencing symptoms of long Covid.
Investigating if drugs already used in the NHS can be used as a treatment for visual hallucinations in people with Parkinson’s Disease or Lewy Body Dementia.
Healthy volunteers to help develop a new approach to diagnosing iNPH (idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus), a brain disorder that can lead to difficulty walking.
Measuring the effects of pomegranate extract supplements on blood pressure, cholesterol, and inflammation, as well as muscle and brain function
Investigating whether a home-based exercise programme can help people recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) slow down the progression of the disease.
Testing the effectiveness of an online intervention for parents with bipolar disorder.
Understanding why some people experience anxiety and depression by exploring the influence of genetic and environmental risk factors.
Investigating the effects of a time restricted eating programme on blood sugar control for people who have been told they are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
This project will establish a PPIE (patient and public involvement and engagement) group to advise on all stages of mesothelioma research.
Developing new treatments using digital technologies to understand what happens when someone breathes.
Study looking to understand how genes cause multiple sclerosis in people from different ethnic backgrounds.
Investigating the genetic causes of Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders.
Understanding more about the causes of GCA (giant cell arteritis).
Investigating if medications currently prescribed to treat people with diabetes and heart problems could be used to prevent heart problems.
View all research opportunities and studies that we have promoted online