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The UK Clinical Trials Gateway has now been replaced with Be Part of Research. This is a new site which is still under development. Your feedback will help improve it.

Be part of research

We are here to help you find out about health and social care research that is taking place across the UK.

Real life stories

Jane

“I wholeheartedly support clinical research. I wouldn’t be here enjoying an active life if it wasn’t for health research.”

Jane Owen, retired physiotherapist and Research Champion

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Stephen

“Unless we try things out we’d never get to know what would work”.  

Stephen Burgess, rare cancer trial participant. 

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Harry

“Harry was well looked after, carefully monitored, and we felt supported by the staff every step of the way.”

Stephanie George and Lee Murdoch whose newborn son Harry took part in a study.  

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How to be involved

New online course: What is health research?

Sign up to this free course, where, over the course of three weeks, you can learn about different types of research. Find out what questions to ask, what to expect when you volunteer and hear stories from people who've taken part and what they've gained from their experience.


Link to Learn website for what is health research?

World diabetes day

Find out about all the research studies on this site that are investigating diabetes. Connect with leading diabetes research charities, NIHR specialist support and read stories from members of the public who've taken part in diabetes research.


Link to campaign page on Be Part of Research for diabetes day

Latest news

Continuing an anticoagulant at home after abdominal surgery cuts thrombosis risk

Continuing to take low molecular weight heparin for two to four weeks after major abdominal surgery significantly reduces the risk of developing a dangerous blood clot. A review of seven studies, mainly in cancer surgery, has found that 13% of patients who received anticoagulant treatment only during their hospital stay developed a clot in the deep veins or lungs, compared with 5% of those who continued with the treatment beyond discharge. There was no increased risk of bleeding complications with prolonged treatment. This update to a Cochrane review first published in 2009 included three new randomised controlled trials, from Italy, Denmark and Japan, boosting the overall number of participants to 1,728. The quality of the evidence in this review was moderate overall. The results are consistent with previous studies and strengthen the case for prolonged anticoagulation in an area where there is some uncertainty and variation in practice.

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Continuing an anticoagulant at home after abdominal surgery cuts thrombosis risk

Taking blood pressure medications at night seems best

People who took their blood pressure medications at bedtime were 45% less likely to experience a major cardiovascular outcome, such as heart attack or stroke, compared with people who took them in the morning. Most blood pressure medications, diuretics aside, do not have a recommended time of administration. A large trial conducted across 40 general practices in Northern Spain assigned 19,084 adults to take their blood pressure medications either in the morning or at night. Over an average of six years, there was a clear, reduced risk for the combined outcome, with similar risk reductions for each event. The effect seemed to be mediated by the improved night-time blood pressure control, which supports previous theories on the topic. It may still be preferable to take diuretics in the morning, but for most blood pressure medications, this could be a potentially beneficial change.

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Taking blood pressure medications at night seems best


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