More than 10,000 people participate in research studies
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) staff have made the biggest contribution to the success of recruiting people to dementia, mental health and neurology research studies in the East of England over the past three years.
In total 10,671 people have taken part in National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) portfolio research.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network Eastern gives practical support to NHS researchers in the East of England. Teams are based in Peterborough and at the Windsor Research Unit, Fulbourn to help support CPFT staff conduct research into community and physical health.
Ben Underwood, CPFT’s Clinical Director for the Older People’s and Adult Community Directorate and Clinical Lead for CRN Eastern for mental health, dementia and neurology, praised the effort of colleagues: “It is fantastic news that more than 10,000 people have participated in research into dementia, mental health and neurology.
"Volunteers play a crucial role in increasing our knowledge and contributing to the development of new interventions and drugs for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis as well as depression and schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.
“It is a testament to the efforts of CPFT clinicians and research teams in our other local trusts that we have exceeded our recruitment target for last year. There is further exciting work ongoing and on the horizon which we hope will lead to new and better treatments for these conditions.”
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