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Taking Part in Research Stories

Over 5,000 people take part in research here every year. They help us to continually improve the treatments the NHS can provide and to ultimately improve patient outcomes.  We are delighted to share with you some of our amazing volunteers who have shared their research journey with us...

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Chloe's Story: Taking Part in a Drug Trial

Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) is a very rare genetic condition. It affects around 1 in 50,000 people*. We interviewed Chloe to find out about her experience of taking part in a drug study. My body does not recognise when to stop swelling Living with a...
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Paul's Story: Taking Part in Prostate Cancer Research

Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men, with 1 in 8 men across the UK diagnosed in their lifetime. For Black men the risk doubles to 1 in 4.* Paul, 62, took part in the PROTEUS Prostate Cancer research study run by North Bristol NHS Trust...
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Derek's Story - Taking part in Kidney Care Research

Derek 89 is taking part in the Prepare for Kidney Care research study. He shares with us his experience with us and why he thinks it is important for people to be involved in research.
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Heather's Story: Taking part in Neonatal Research

Original article posted on NIHR website. Heather's wife was visiting their newborn son, Robin, in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Southmead Hospital when she was approached about taking part in the "SurfON (Surfactant Or Not)" study. The...
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Rob's Story: Taking part in Dementia Research

More than 55 million people have dementia worldwide. Rob, one of our research participants shares his story about taking part in Dementia Research here at NBT.
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Ian's Story: Taking part in Diabetes Research

Ian, a Diabetic for 13 years, was recommended to take part in research by a friend. Following his involvement, he has seen a positive improvement to his health and lost more than six stone in weight, enabling him to carry out his passion of gardening and caravanning. Ian’s wife has also benefitted from taking part.
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Will's Story: Taking Part in Diabetes Research

At age 45, Will was shocked to discover he was Type 1 Diabetic. After being approached to take part in Diabetes Research, he is now undertaking his third trial. Discover how these research opportunities kept him on the straight and narrow and help him understand, regulate and manage his Diabetes better...
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Pauline's Story: Taking Part in Diabetes Research

Pauline found out about a study when she was attending her husband Ian’s research appointment. She had seen how much being part of a study had helped her husband, so it was a straightforward decision for her to get involved too.

Taking Part in Research Stories