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NIHR Supports #Red4Research Campaign

Researchers, study participants and members of the public are today recognising the efforts of all of those involved in COVID-19 research, by supporting the #Red4Research campaign.

On Friday 18 June, the National Institute for Health Research is going red to show our support to those delivering, supporting and involved in COVID-19 research studies. The concept of the campaign is simple. Wear something red, then print or make a #Red4Research placard, take a photo and post it on Twitter or Facebook with the #Red4Research hashtag.

We will be sharing as many of these posts as we can on our Twitter account (@NIHRresearch) and Facebook page. Make sure to tag us in your posts so we can help share your messages of support.

The campaign, now in its second year, was created in 2020 by Sally Humphreys, a nurse, researcher and chair of the NHS R&D Forum research management working group. 

Sally explains: “Research isn’t undertaken by individuals working in isolation, it is collegial, made possible by people around the world working together.  Research doesn’t just happen, people make it happen – research participants, patients, professionals, volunteers and regulatory bodies all collectively working together.  

“Covid-19 has impacted on all of us. Research offers a beacon of hope, it underpins the largest vaccine campaign in history and everybody has played their part. NIHR continues to play a pivotal role funding COVID-19 research studies and investing in research personnel enabling research studies to be delivered at an unprecedented pace and scale.”

The interest and engagement in the NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry from the public and potential volunteers has also demonstrated the UK’s willingness to help find treatments and vaccines for the disease.

It is hoped the momentum behind COVID-19 research can be shared across common disease areas and help accelerate research into cancer, diabetes, heart diseases, dementia and more.

Dr William van’t Hoff, Chief Executive Officer at the NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre, said: “I am extremely proud of all the staff, participants and members of the public who have supported COVID-19 research over the past 18 months, and continue to help us find effective treatments and preventions.

“The #Red4Research campaign is a great way for people across the world to show the support for all of those involved in these vital research studies, and raising the profile of research to improving health."

Last year the campaign was supported by people in America, Australia, Chile, Italy, Spain, Malaysia and India as well as the UK.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, NIHR has funded and coordinated many studies which have had global impact and reach. A global approach to health research is key to tackling COVID-19 around the world and NIHR funds work in more than 50 countries worldwide. 

Check out the #Red4Research hashtag on twitter to join in with the conversation and visit the NIHR twitter account to see how our staff are getting involved. 

To discover more assets for the campaign, you can also visit the #Red4Research website.

If you’re interested in taking part in COVID-19 research visit the Be Part of Research website to hear more about study opportunities and news.