Better health, better treatments, better knowledge and understanding of disease and illness all come from health research. The treatments and medicines we use today were once just ideas that had to be tested in clinical trials to make sure they worked effectively and helped patients. We are benefiting all the time from past and current health research by living fuller, healthier and longer lives. A century ago, one in two people died by age 45, nowadays that figure is less than one in 20.
All the treatments we take for granted today came about because of research that took place throughout history. This is thanks to the hard work of researchers, but also people like you who get involved, because without you, research simply couldn’t happen.
There are many ways you can get involved in health research – for example, you can take part in trials that test new medicines or treatments. You could also take part in focus groups or complete questionnaires by sharing your experience of what it is like to live with a certain condition or care for someone who has.
Citizen Scientist gives you access to local and sometimes national research opportunities that you can choose to get involved in.
By signing up to our quarterly email newsletter, you can find out about research opportunities in Greater Manchester, as well as getting updates about previous studies that have been advertised on the website.
Anyone can get involved in health research and help the NHS to discover better treatments and medicine for you and future generations. As a Citizen Scientist, you could contribute to improved treatments and medicines that may one day help someone you know.