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Taking part in research

Participating in research as a volunteer is a way of helping companies develop new drugs or to establish new knowledge of diseases. The organisations at the bottom of this page offer the opportunity to participate in research as a volunteer.


If you have a particular illness or ailment, and you would like to find out about research in that area, you should discuss this with your treating clinician or GP who will be able to advise on current research taking place.


The UK Clinical Trials Gateway provides easy to understand information about clinical research trials running in the UK, and gives you and others access to a large range of information about these trials. You can read more about them and find out about trials in your area by clicking here


If you would like to find out more about cancer clinical trials and how you might get involved please click here

Cancer Network’s Clinical Trials information


One study in particular that is looking for volunteers: The CamBABS (Cambridge Brain and Behaviour Study) 

The research is being carried out to understand how hormone exposure within the womb relates to brain structure and behaviour. If you take part, you will carry out tasks assessing a range of behavioural traits. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will also be used to take images of the structure of your brain. 

The study takes place on the Addenbrooke’s campus and will take about three hours on a day and time of your choosing. You will get £30 for taking part, plus a picture of your brain!

Interested? T: 01223 334577 email eas1001@cam.ac.uk or more information on their website