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


“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

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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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“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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How to be involved

New online course: What is health research?

Sign up to this free course, where, over the course of three weeks, you can learn about different types of research. Find out what questions to ask, what to expect when you volunteer and hear stories from people who've taken part and what they've gained from their experience.

Link to Learn website for what is health research?

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Find out about all the research studies on this site that are investigating diabetes. Connect with leading diabetes research charities, NIHR specialist support and read stories from members of the public who've taken part in diabetes research.

Link to campaign page on Be Part of Research for diabetes day

Latest news

Very small babies appear not to be affected by the rate of increasing milk feeds

A large-scale trial has found that the speed of increasing milk feed volumes in low birth weight or very low gestational age babies who are on intravenous feeding does not influence outcomes. This NIHR-funded study randomised preterm (below 32 weeks) or very low birth weight (less than 1,500g) babies to receive either daily milk feed increases in increments of 30ml per kilogram of bodyweight or 18ml per kilogram of bodyweight. After two years of follow up, there was no significant difference in survival without moderate or severe neurodevelopmental disability between the groups. The two groups also had similar rates of serious infection, necrotising enterocolitis (a bowel disorder), and death. This offers reassurance that faster introduction of milk through the nasogastric tube does not cause harm from bowel problems and that slower rates do not cause more infection from a longer need of the intravenous feeding line.

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Very small babies appear not to be affected by the rate of increasing milk feeds

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