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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.
NW Coast Cancer Research Partnership
Establishing a Cancer Research Partnership Group to support the planning and development of cancer research across the North West Coast.
Pomegranate extract and inflammageing
Measuring the effects of pomegranate extract supplements on blood pressure, cholesterol, and inflammation, as well as muscle and brain function
Community pharmacies: discussion group
Understanding public views on proposals to allow community pharmacy’s access to the Greater Manchester Care Record.
Measuring the prevalence and severity of social isolation and loneliness in the general population in England.
Mental illness and medicine safety
Exploring experiences of medication safety for people with mental illness and/or their carers.
Investigating the links between the immune system and cognitive decline after stroke.
Evaluating the effectiveness of a new personalised self-management support programme for people experiencing long Covid.
REPoSS: Public representatives
Understanding the experiences of people affected by stroke and seizures to help develop ways to improve diagnosis and treatment.
Investigating if supplements containing Hericium erinaceus mushroom can help improve memory and cognition in young adults.
Investigating whether a home-based exercise programme can help people recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) slow down the progression of the disease.
Integrated bipolar parenting intervention
Testing the effectiveness of an online intervention for parents with bipolar disorder.
Find out more about: Integrated bipolar parenting intervention
Understanding why some people experience anxiety and depression by exploring the influence of genetic and environmental risk factors.
Investigating the effect of common air pollutants on brain function in healthy participants who have family members with brain disorders such as dementia.
Community health services
Establishing a PPI (patient and public involvement) panel to advise on a study examining how adult community health services influence and affect use of hospital-based services.
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 study is investigating a new digital tool to help people improve their inhaler technique and help with treatment of asthma.
PREDICT-Meso PPI Group
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.
Assessing how well a new blood test can help determine if exposure to cats can make allergy or allergy symptoms worse.
Understanding public views on how personal health records are used for musculoskeletal research.
ADAMS: Multiple sclerosis study
Study looking to understand how genes cause multiple sclerosis in people from different ethnic backgrounds.
Parkinson’s Families Project (PFP)
Investigating the genetic causes of Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders.
UK GCA Consortium – retrospective study
Understanding more about the causes of GCA (giant cell arteritis).
Find out more about: UK GCA Consortium – retrospective study
Testing new antiviral treatments for people with Covid-19 that can be taken at home.
Understanding how the brain processes pain and how it learns and adapts to sensory experiences over time.
Understanding why people with different chest conditions develop a cough and how it compares to people without a chest condition.
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
Find out more about: Maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY)