The NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre is keen to involve members of the public in research and there are a number of ways in which you can participate.

Many patients and healthy volunteers join clinical trials to assess new treatments, medical devices or to take part in lifestyle research in which physical, mental and family medical history data may be recorded and analysed in public health studies for example.

However you don't need to take part in a trial to participate in our research. The Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) panel is a volunteer advisory group who review research studies at the development stage and provide feedback to researchers.

Read about the Patient and Public Involvement /Public Engagement strategy for Cambridge University Health Partners here

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Panel

Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust currently has a panel of 60 people from all backgrounds and all ages, who review research studies at the development stage and provide feedback to researchers.

Panel members review approximately 3 to 4 studies a year and documents are submitted via e-mail or post, so there are no travel costs and time is kept to a minimum.

If you are interested in joining our panel, please contact Anna Ellis at or write to her at: NIHR Rare Diseases, Barton House, Level 5, Box 406, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Participating in Research

The NIHR has developed a website which has a database of all trials in the UK that are currently recruiting patients. You can access the website and search the database here. UK Clinical Trials Gateway

Companies who develop new medications have a panel of volunteers that they can call upon when new research is being developed.To find out more at trials taking place through GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Parexel click on the links.

You can also participate in research for non-medication trials such as those involving MRI/fMRI (scanning) or experimental psychology research the MRC-CBU

The Trust is always looking to increase its patient recruitment for research so if you are interested in any studies relating to an illness or ailment affecting you, do talk to your GP or treating clinician at the hospital in the first instance.


You can also become a member of the Cambridge BioResource. The BioResource currently has over 10,000 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds within the Cambridgeshire area who have provided either a blood or saliva sample which is used along with other data to match them to suitable research trials.

Further details can be found at Cambridge BioResource

NIHR/Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility

The Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is undertaking ongoing research, collecting reference physiological measurements in healthy volunteers. For details either email or call 01223 596077.

Other contacts

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

INVOLVE - People in Research Search the database to find opportunities of interest and learn more about how members of the public make a difference in research.

PPIRes Norfolk PPI panel

PPI for Dementias & Neurodegenerative Diseases Network

PPI for Cambridgeshire PCT