Welcome to our new site.

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


“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.  

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

Stephen Burgess, rare cancer trial participant. 

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“Clinical research is vital to help make improvements for patients and the NHS”. 

Irene Soulsby, cancer research participant. 

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We’ve rebuilt the UK Clinical Trials Gateway to make it easier to use. We will continue to improve our new ‘Be Part of Research’ site but we need your help. Feedback now.

How to be involved

Research changes lives

Watch our animation to find out how participating in research can change lives and the future of healthcare. Read more about the motivations behind people taking part in research. 

Record numbers take part in research

The number of people benefitting from clinical research has reached record highs this year. In 2018/19 research was delivered at every NHS trust across the country and we’re making it even easier for people to take part. Read the full story.  

870,250 participants in research in 18/19

"Getting involved in research was a no-brainer"

Who better for researchers to work with from the very start, than people living with the condition? You’re missing out on a wealth of knowledge and expertise by not including and working alongside patients. Just because I have dementia doesn’t mean I’m not capable of advising researchers on project design.  In this blog, Wendy Mitchell (author of Sunday Times Bestseller 'Somebody I Used to Know') talks about her involvement in research.

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Latest news

Levetiracetam is a useful alternative to phenytoin in stopping prolonged epileptic seizures in children

Levetiracetam is as effective as phenytoin at stopping prolonged epileptic seizures in children. In this trial, levetiracetam stopped 70% of children convulsing compared with 64% for phenytoin within 35 to 45 minutes. Adverse events were similar. This combined with the fact levetiracetam may be easier to administer safely make it an important option. Most epileptic seizures stop by themselves within a few minutes, but sometimes they continue for much longer. If this happens emergency treatment with IV benzodiazepines is recommended. If these fail, IV phenytoin is currently the commonest drug recommended, but is a particularly complicated drug to use and has potential interactions with other drugs. This NIHR funded study shows that levetiracetam may be preferable to phenytoin, with comparable safety and efficacy profiles but potentially simpler administration.

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Levetiracetam is a useful alternative to phenytoin in stopping prolonged epileptic seizures in children

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