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Get involved in clinical research

Why get involved?

Have you ever wondered what it must have felt like to be ill 100 years ago, before any of our modern medicines were invented?

All the medicines we have today, including those used to treat childhood rheumatology conditions, such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, childhood vasculitis, childhood scleroderma, juvenile Dermatomyositis, children’s bone diseases and juvenile-onset lupus, are available because scientists and doctors have worked together with patients to discover and develop new treatments through clinical research.

What is clinical research?

Clinical research is research that uses human volunteers to answer important scientific questions about diseases and their treatments. Clinical research aims to improve our understanding of diseases and the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

What are the benefits of taking part in research?

By taking part in a research study, you may have more contact with medical staff than you would normally do and there will be opportunities to gain information about your condition, which may help you to manage it better.

In some cases, the research will not help you personally, but it could provide vital information that will help people in the future.


Click on the link below for more information about NIHR Studies taking place across the UK that children and young people can take part in. 

Research opportunities for children and young people. 


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