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About Research For The Future

Research for the Future

About Research for the Future

Research for the Future is an NHS-supported campaign that helps people find out about and take part in health and care research.

Taking part in research means you are helping to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses.

We encourage people living across Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas to register, whether they have a health condition or not.

Joining Research for the Future

Joining Research for the Future is free. When you sign up, we will ask you for your contact details and some basic information about yourself. We use this to send you information about research opportunities you may be suitable for.

Research for the Future helps researchers find the right people to take part in their studies but it is always your decision whether to take part in any research we tell you about. Your participation is completely voluntary and you can withdraw from a study, or from the Research for the Future database, at any time. The usual care you receive from your health care team will never be affected by your decision.

The information you provide is stored on a secure NHS database kept in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act (2018).  Only the Research for the Future team has access to it.  Your details will never be passed to anyone else.

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Current studies


Testing the effectiveness of a new vaccine to prevent respiratory infections caused by the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Find out more about: Evergreen

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Developing a national register of first-degree relatives of people with rheumatoid arthritis to help understand the development of the condition.

Find out more about: PREVeNT RA

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Recovery from suicidal thoughts

This online study is looking to understand what constitutes a ‘recovery’ from suicidal thoughts and behaviours and what is most important to help people recover from thoughts about ending their own life.

Find out more about: Recovery from suicidal thoughts

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Study investigating how people can be supported to reduce the amount of meat they eat.

Find out more about: Optimise

How you've helped us

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Locum doctors in the NHS

Project gathering patient feedback in order to better understand the quality and safety of locum doctors working in the NHS.

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Diabetes medication and cardiovascular health

ASCEND PLUS is a new trial being developed to test whether a particular diabetes medication can also be used to prevent heart attack, stroke, and other complications in people with type 2 diabetes.

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Move a little and often

‘Move a little and often’ is a new approach to help people move more and was part of a PhD research study from The University of Manchester.

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Identification of chronic kidney disease

Project gathering patient feedback on a research proposal looking to develop new ways to identify patients prone to rapidly progressing kidney disease.