Date: 16 June 2017
The public will be able to find out about research taking place in Berkshire’s NHS and how they can get involved at an information event on 12 September.
The drop-in event at Reading Town Hall will enable people to talk to NHS nurses and other staff about research.
They will be on hand to discuss research trials into areas including dementia, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and mental health.
The public will also be able to learn about how they can participate in research trials taking place in Berkshire’s NHS.
Research helps develop better tests and treatments to improve NHS care to save lives and improve peoples’ quality of life.
This could be trials of a new drug in hospital or something as simple as a patient completing a questionnaire about their condition.
Healthy people are also often needed to take part in trials so they can be compared to people with a condition that is being studied.
Trials and initiatives supported in Berkshire’s NHS include:
Patients are encouraged to ask their doctor about research opportunities and view trials seeking volunteers at The UK Clinical Trials Gateway www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk.
The event has been organised by the NIHR Clinical Research Network Thames Valley and South Midlands (CRN), an NHS organisation which provides support to enable trials to take place in the NHS.
Clinical director Prof Belinda Lennox said: “Clinical research is vital for the NHS, to develop and test new treatments for the biggest health problems that we face today.
“This event will showcase the exciting range of research currently taking place right here in Berkshire, and provide opportunities to get involved.”
The drop-in event will be held from 1.30pm to 5.30pm on 12 September in the Victoria Hall at Reading Town Hall, a three minute walk from the train station. No booking is required.
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