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Five ways young people are playing a pivotal role in research

Research focussing on children and young people helps researchers explore how to improve the healthcare for those who need it the most during their formative years. Read about how children and young people are helping.


Exploring the spectrum of cancer research

In this article, we look at some of the recent breakthroughs in cancer research and get the perspective of cancer research specialists, about the areas of research they’ve been involved in and the changes they’ve seen in cancer research over their careers.  


How volunteer input has shaped research

Understanding the experiences of those who have volunteered for research is vital for improving the way we carry out research, to ensure that future volunteers have the best experience possible. Find out how.


Exploring back pain research

With such a broad spectrum of potential causes and issues resulting from back pain, researchers continue to explore ways to manage and diagnose the condition. Find out what back pain is taking place and how to get involved.


How research revolutionised the HIV and AIDS landscape

We pulled out some of the recent breakthroughs and research findings in treatment, diagnosis, the management of HIV and improving mental and physical wellbeing. 


What does asthma research look like?

There are currently an estimated 5.4 million people receiving treatment for asthma in the UK. Learn about what asthma research looks like and how to get involved.


Exploring health inequalities

Health inequality affects a broad spectrum of people from all sorts of groups, backgrounds, and geographical areas. Find out more about what is being done about it. 


How you can make an amazing difference with health research

There are many different ways to be involved in research. Find out how easily research could fit into your life - however much time and energy you're able to commit.


Five amazing health research breakthroughs in the last 12 months

As unprecedented times highlight the importance of health research, we’re looking back over some of the most incredible advances from the NIHR in 2020-2021.


Deciphering diabetes

To mark Diabetes Awareness Week we spoke to Professor Melanie Davies to get the facts, bust the myths and learn more about the critical diabetes research happening right now.


Meet one of the research nurses making change possible

To find out what it takes, and get a glimpse of research from an insider’s perspective, we asked senior research nurse Arlene Lee to tell us about her role.


The COVID-19 volunteer inspiring a generation

When Marium was hospitalised with a severe case of COVID-19, participating in critical health research changed her life in a way she could never have imagined.


Meet the COVID-19 vaccine volunteers

When the COVID-19 pandemic put us into lockdown in 2020, the pressure was on for researchers to discover effective vaccines. We spoke to two of these vaccine volunteers to learn how and why they took part – and find out what advice they have for other aspiring research participants.