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More than 10,000 people sign up to health research at Exeter


Thousands of people in Devon have signed up to take part in high-quality research, accelerating meaningful benefits to patient health.

 

The Exeter 10,000 project has reached a milestone of 10,000 people providing their data and samples of blood and urine which are used anonymously for health research.

 

The majority of participants also agree to be contacted again if their health or lifestyle profiles match the requirements of future research studies. This means researchers can move swiftly from identifying a specific health research question, to recruiting large numbers of people to take part in a study – thus transforming what is very often a slow and time consuming process that can hinder innovation.

 

The project is run by the NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility, a partnership between the University of Exeter Medical School and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. It is funded by the National Institute for Health Research.


Already, a wide range of studies benefiting from the Exeter 10,000 project have published results on areas including diabetes, obesity, addiction and genetic patterns in ageing.

 

Professor Angela Shore, Vice Dean Research at the University of Exeter Medical School, said: “I’m delighted that so many people have signed up to make a real impact on healthcare across the world. Having large numbers of people involved is absolutely crucial to help us recruit to high-quality studies and enables us to find patterns that reveal areas we can target for new treatments on some of the most pressing global health challenges. We still need more participants and I’d really encourage people to get involved.”

 

Professor Adrian Harris, RD&E Medical Director and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Exeter Medical School, said: “The Exeter 10,000 project is a brilliant way of quickly connecting research teams to real people so that potentially vital clinical studies and trials can get off the ground as soon as possible. I am thrilled it has reached its first key milestone and I hope many more people will join the project to help us improve healthcare for generations to come.”

 

As well as participating in research, the Exeter 10,000 project encourages members of the public to be involved in how the facility is run, including considering ethical decisions on research and ensuring publicity materials around research trials are pitched appropriately to the people they are aiming to reach.

 

The Exeter 10,000 project is based in the recently built Research, Innovation, Learning and Development (RILD) building at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford), which was designed with the input of patients. As well as providing training across a wide range of health disciplines, this £29 million, partnership building brings hospital staff, researchers, clinicians and academics together with patients to ensure that research is focussed on answering today’s healthcare needs.


Added 4th January 2018

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