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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 to register to hear about research opportunities, 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.

Help us improve care and treatments.

Register now

Current studies


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)

Emotion and video games

Investigating the effect of emotion on video game performance.

Find out more about: Emotion and video games

UK GCA Consortium – retrospective study

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

Find out more about: UK GCA Consortium – retrospective study

How you've helped us

Medicines Evaluation Unit: COPD drug

Clinical trial testing a new treatment for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

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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.

Elderly couple walking

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.