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The UK Clinical Trials Gateway has now been replaced with Be Part of Research. This is a new site which is still under development. Your feedback will help improve it.

Be part of research

We are here to help you find out about health and social care research that is taking place across the UK.

Real life stories


“I wholeheartedly support clinical research. I wouldn’t be here enjoying an active life if it wasn’t for health research.”

Jane Owen, retired physiotherapist and Research Champion

Photo of Jane Owen smiling at camera


“Unless we try things out we’d never get to know what would work”.  

Stephen Burgess, rare cancer trial participant. 

Photo of Stephen sitting in a chair at home smiling at the camera


“Harry was well looked after, carefully monitored, and we felt supported by the staff every step of the way.”

Stephanie George and Lee Murdoch whose newborn son Harry took part in a study.  

Photo of Harry in his mothers arms

How to be involved

Show your love in a different way

This Valentine’s Day, think about taking part in a research study to help future generations benefit from better diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

Link to search results for heart studies


Tuesday 4 February is World Cancer Day so we're dedicating a space for the whole of February to talk about cancer research and show the cancer research studies currently running in the UK that are looking for members of the public to take part. 

Link to our cancer awareness campaign page

Inspire and motivate others

Have you taken part in a research study? Might your story inspire or motivate others? If so, we want to hear from you. 

Link to email so you can send us an email (opens email)

Latest news

Surgery to fix the womb in position after prolapse is an alternative to hysterectomy

Women who have surgery that uses stitches to lift and keep their prolapsed womb in place (called hysteropexy) are less likely to have recurrent symptoms after five years than those who havetheir womb removed (vaginal hysterectomy). These results from a Dutch trial involving 204 women showed comparable outcomes for the two surgical options for other measures such as quality of life, repeat surgery and sexual functioning. While vaginal hysterectomy is still widely seen as the first treatment choice for women with uterine (womb) prolapse, the use of surgery which preserves the uterus by using synthetic stitches to support the pelvic organs is becoming more common. These results are noteworthy as longer-term evidence in this area is needed. It indicates that hysteropexy may be a safe, alternative option in skilled hands.

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Surgery to fix the womb in position after prolapse is an alternative to hysterectomy

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